Ninety-nine versions of my resume on the wall. Ninety-nine versions of my resuuuumeeeee. Take one down, pass it around, 98 versions of my resume on the wall.
As you can imagine, my friends, this song means that today I hit number 99 on my work search record. I have applied for 99 jobs since June 10, 2009. I have revised my resume more than a dozen times, wrote several different versions of my cover letter, which I in-turn tweaked 99 times.
In honor of this momentous event I have elected to highlight some of the more “interesting” positions I have applied for.
7. Sent resume and cover letter to the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts for a copywriter/editor/proofreader position and misused the word LEAD four times in my resume. Needless to say I did NOT get a call institution from that to come in for an interview.
45. Inquired about freelance opportunities with Alcoholmanac Magazine (a magazine entirely devoted to drinking in Milwaukee)
71. Applied for the WPP Fellowship; an elite marketing fellowship that lasts for three years and exposes their fellows to companies all over the world. There is nothing funny about this one other than they take only ten people out of 2,000 and I somehow thought I would be one of them.
78. Applied to be an Assistant Marketing Operations Director – at Potowatomi Bingo and Casino. Bring on the gambling!
91. Applied online to be a Library Assistant at ITT Technical Institute. Because I know so much about information technology!
Though I have tried for almost any job my two degrees and six years of work experience would qualify me for, applying for 99 jobs in 31 weeks has taught me quite a bit about myself.
I know what I absolutely DON’T want to do for a living. I know that it’s okay to try something new and get out of your comfort zone. I know that I have a lot of useless knowledge about office furniture that I may never use again, and I’m okay with that (since it will make great material for my first novel). I know that I don’t need a glamorous career, just one that will challenge me everyday and give me some sense of purpose.
Here’s to lucky number 100!