To all of those who are looking for a job, but actually have no idea what they want

Yes to all of you. 

So what?

We have no idea what posi­tion to apply for, so we apply for every­thing that kind of seems inter­est­ing and that kind of seems like some­thing we are capa­ble of doing (ok for half of what I applied for I´m not even qual­i­fied enough or don´t have enough work expe­ri­ence, but yea…you know…at least it gives me the feel­ing that I´ve tried).

I´ve stopped count­ing how many appli­ca­tions I´ve sent out dur­ing the last 2 ½ months, but what I do remem­ber is that I had…3,4….yes 5 job inter­views, for like 5 com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent posi­tions. As a writer in ad agency, a cus­tomer and employ­ee con­sul­tant, a trav­el agent, mar­ket­ing and sales assis­tant for a Japan­ese cred­it card com­pa­ny, and a recep­tion­ist in a box­ing gym… yea. I know.

If you are not clear about what you are look­ing for, this is what comes out. Well, I do know that…but the thing is…I just don´t know! Yes I do have pas­sions and things I enjoy doing, but let´s be a lit­tle real­is­tic here… I also need mon­ey at some point very soon! Danc­ing like a fool in my room is not gonna fill my bank account, unfor­tu­nate­ly (although I could adver­tise it as an event, with food and drinks, and…oh a home dis­co! I could build a lit­tle bar and sell the best moji­tos! I´d buy huge speak­ers and ampli­fi­er where the sounds and beats imme­di­ate­ly brings you in a state of trance…oh, a trance dance party!! 

Okey, I bet­ter stop here.

Not that there is any­thing wrong with this idea (ähem, maybe not wrong, but a lit­tle out there..) but how am I going to afford those speak­ers with­out any of these col­or­ful lit­tle papers? 

Very inter­est­ing question…

The thing is, we might have stud­ied some­thing, some­thing we´ve even enjoyed, but now as we are sit­ting in front of our com­put­er screen star­ring at the blank space of a job search­ing site, where you need to fill in a spe­cif­ic job title.. we´re a lit­tle over­whelmed. What exact­ly can I actu­al­ly do with my degree? And the prob­lem here is that, we think we know, but we real­ly don´t.

We don´t know if we gonna like or dis­like work­ing in the office of a car leas­ing com­pa­ny 40 hours a week. We can´t know if we enjoy or dis­en­joy (I know this word doesn´t exist) pick­ing up the phone every 10 min­utes and con­sult­ing peo­ple about their finances.

We just don´t know…..until we´ve actu­al­ly done it! And some­times it seems to hap­pen that you enjoy doing pret­ty much the same work in one com­pa­ny more than in anoth­er. There are so many com­po­nents to it.

If there is at least some­thing about the job that appeals to you, go ahead and find out for your­self. You might even dis­cov­er a new work­ing field you´re inter­est­ed in, or you might find out that direct con­tact with cus­tomers is an absolute impor­tant aspect for you to feel ful­filled in your job. Col­lect every­thing you can about what you like and dis­like and over time you have a pret­ty good pic­ture about what tasks your job should con­sist of most of the time. Yes most of the time. No job is great all of the time. We have to keep this in mind. The search of the “per­fect job” is cre­at­ing only this: no job.

I don´t even have to ques­tion myself right now. I know that I´m look­ing for “THE job”. Appar­ent­ly I´d rather have no job, than some kind of shit­ty job, because you nev­er know if the “THE job” is just around the cor­ner and if you´re not ready and free to catch it…well you´ve missed it! It´s like a bear wait­ing for that big fish in the riv­er to swim direct­ly in his paws, while ignor­ing all the oth­er lit­tle fishys that are mak­ing their turns just around him and are so easy to catch! Lit­tle fishys can be tasty as well! 

But no… we want that big fish. It can come any time. Just.keep.focusing.on.your.paws.

But that´s exhaust­ing! Just grab two or three of these fuck­ing lit­tle fishys, at least you´re occu­pied and have a some­what filled stomach.

Nowa­days we act this way in so many oth­er areas in our life as well. Take rela­tion­ships. “No sor­ry I like you a lot, but I think there is some­one bet­ter out there for me”, so we either stay alone or keep split­ting up, because the big fish (or shall I say mus­cu­lar fish? For guys imag­ine a lady­fish with big lips) is just around the corner. 

We are con­stant­ly look­ing for the best, because best is the only thing we accept. Why? Because nowa­days we are exposed to so many more pos­si­bil­i­ties and options that make it so much hard­er to be sat­is­fied with what we have! We lit­er­al­ly see what we could have, and honestly…why would any­one set­tle for less than what he knows he actu­al­ly could have?

A nev­er end­ing vicious circle.

But back to the job dilem­ma. It´s okey to look out for the big fish, but just stay occu­pied while doing so. And btw…if you don´t prac­tice catch­ing lit­tle fishys you might not even be able to catch the big one when it´s actu­al­ly pass­ing by…




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