Today is Sunday. It is 6:49 a.m., and I am gathering the last of my things, and putting them into my truck so that I can get on the road. Actually … strike that … I am taking ten minutes away from doing that to type this. Then, I am going to finishing gathering what needs to be gathered, make a cup of coffee, load my daughter in her car seat, and hit the road. I am about to make an eighteen hour drive to New Jersey for a few days. Why on Earth would I make that drive, just to spend a couple of days? Well, there is a perfectly good explanation. I have a job interview. Why would I travel eighteen hours for a job interview? Well … why not?
I have been out of work for over two months. I was laid off from my position as a human resource manager at the end of October. When I lost that position, I immediately started looking for a new job. While I love living in sunny Florida, and love everything that Tampa has to offer, I also know that without a job, there is little that I can truly enjoy. So, with that in mind, I started putting out feelers. Of course, I am looking where I live now, but I also know that opportunities do not abound here in Florida. Not that they abound anywhere, for that matter. But I do know that there are more opportunities elsewhere. With unemployment at 11 percent in Florida and at over 12 percent in the Tampa Bay Area alone, I had to expand my horizons. What better place to expand to, than the place where I was born and raised—New Jersey?
So, with the quickness and the fierceness of a squirrel collecting nuts for winter, I started scouring various job boards. I scouted your typical ones like Monster and CareerBuilder, as well as some not so typical ones like Indeed and JobFox. I sent my resume out to a number of organizations, seeking anything from a recruiter, to a generalist, to a human resource manager (hey, this girl cannot afford to be picky). With no surprise, but with some scarcity, I started getting hits on my resume. Where were all of these calls and emails coming from? Recruiters and companies in New Jersey and New York. Over the last two and a half months, I have traveled back and forth to New Jersey five times for interviews. I have yet to secure a position, so here I am again, on my way to New Jersey for yet again another interview! But I don’t mind. Interviewing means that I actually have a shot at a job. I have more of a possibility then if I didn’t have an interview.
Which brings me back to the point of this post: I am ready and raring to go. I’m ready to move back to the chill, ice, and chaos of the Northeast. I’m ready to rejoin the rat race of the big city. I am ready to relocate! All I need is the job, and I am there. I have decided to make sacrifices—some of them hard, others, not so much. I’ve considered taking a lesser paying job, a lower caliber position, an opportunity in another industry, and the proverbial Mt. Everest of them all—relocating over 1,100 miles away. I’ve considered all of these things in order to secure a job, but more importantly, to secure my quality of life, the safety, and the security of my family. I also need to ensure that my career doesn’t go stale.
These are all of the things that I have done to secure my next position. My question, though, to all of you job seekers out there is, what are you willing to do in order to secure your next position? Think on that.