I hear searching for a job is in itself a full-time job, or at least one should treat it like it is. But how is one (me) suppose to pay her (my) bills? This has been an ongoing debate in my current household. I understand that I need a temporary paying job, but with me going to my (unpaid) internship three days a week, that leaves just two week days and the weekend to work – which pretty much means a retail or food service job. I’m not opposed to working seven days a week (we’re go-getter girls after all!), but I’m nervous that I’m not going to have any flexibility in my schedule for potential job or intern-related opportunities.
So, the question of the week, how do you manage job-hunting with paying your bills?
The obvious reason for getting a temporary job…money. I’m never going to move out of my parents’ house if I don’t have any money. If I work hard enough, I can fund my own move to New York. And, on the positive side, I would be increasing and adding skills I can use for future employment. Odds are I’m going to start out as somebody’s assistant, so I’ll need more skills than writing and editing to get a job. And lastly, it will provide a way for me to escape from my computer. It would be a break, not the funniest thing I can think to do, but still a break.
If I got a temporary job, what am I going to do if I have to travel for a last-minute interview? I had a job interviewer once where she wanted me to come in the next day. I flew to New York in the morning and had an interview late in the afternoon. If I were employed, what would I say to my current boss? Next week, I get my first feature writing assignments at one of the magazines where I’m interning. When do I do the interviews? I asked to volunteer on some of the magazines’ photo shoots to gain some set experience. Maybe I won’t be able to help anymore because I have a full schedule. But, after all of these questions, I have to understand that these are all “what if” questions. I need to remember I have to stay in reality, and the reality is, I need the money.
The truth of the matter is I have to find some type of work. I’m lucky that I don’t have to pay for much in my current situation, but I know that I’m not going anywhere if I don’t start really saving for a goal. Besides, believe it or not, I can’t wait to be financially independent. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.