Today I worked on a variety of things, but mainly on eBay selling. I haven’t heard back from the recruiter that I interviewed with last Friday. I don’t mean to be cynical, but in the world of the job hunt not hearing back within 2-3 business days after an interview is an ominous sign. I needed to divert my attention from moping and focus on efforts that will bring in money ASAP.
I’ve developed a complex love/hate relationship with eBay (and generally a disdainful one with PayPal, but I won’t revisit that topic). On a good day selling on eBay, I feel respected by the company and my customers. I almost feel as though I’m helping people with the service and products I provide—albeit to fulfill people’s need for things at extremely low prices.
But on a bad day selling on eBay it’s as if I entered the seediest of virtual pawn shops. I don’t know who to trust and I’m often desperate to accept the lowest offer because there are so many lulls in the selling process. You never know when your next sale will be.
This form of hustle parallels the job hunter’s journey. Most days are filled dropping job applications that rarely get chosen. If a recruiter does bite and your series of interviews result in an offer, depending how long you’ve been looking for a job, you’ll likely accept no matter how low the offer is.
During an informational interview with a helpful former classmate not too long ago, he warned me against giving in to the first offer received. He said that women especially are compelled not to negotiate when accepting a new job and that’s a large part of the reason for overall pay differences. What he said was true; I witnessed it myself working in HR.
I have to remind myself of this as I continue in the hustle. With eBay I deal in things, but in the world of the job hunt, recruiters and hiring managers deal in something much more valuable—people.
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter about my progress and a host of other career related topics along the way.
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