Volunteering, it great that people do this to help a cause or something they have a passion for. What I don’t agree about volunteering is having to do it just to get work related experience. With that said, sometime at the end of October I decided to volunteer at the center library. I decide to volunteer, because my job hunt to find a job isn’t leading to any job offers. Why the library? Well it that was my second option and my first option was a museum. When museum received my background check the volunteer position I had discussed with the volunteer coordinator was already filled. They had another position but i wasn’t interest in. So I decide to volunteer at the library. Honestly I don’t know what I will get out of it cause getting a job there is very competitive. I convince myself, what do I have to loose except two hours of my time. So for that past month I volunteer one day out of the week for two hours at the library.
So far the duties I’v done are pulling books off the shelves that the computer system has listed missing and are going to be “retired”. These retired books are removed from the system and sent to the library store where the public may buy them for a few cents or a dollar. I think they also give them out to schools or organization in need of books, but not to sure about that. The other task I’ve done is checking each service desk has the supply they need like pens, pencil and small scrap paper.
Do you use a calendar?
Keep track of birthdays, special days, doctor appointments.
Do you count the days when you’re going on vacation?
I wish I could do that.
My calendar is blank. Just fill with the month,year, the days.
I stare at it wondering when I’ll get that phone call.
When that day come? Will it come on Friday the 13?
Maybe two weeks after Friday the 13.
The phone call for a job interview.
The phone call to notify and offer you that job position.
I stare at my calendar wondering when that day will come.
As I continue on with my search to find a full-time job, I decided to attend a career fair. The last one I went to was about a year after I finish school. Now I’ve attended many during my college career, but felt that as student in the liberal art school, these fairs never benefited liberal arts majors compared to those career fairs suited for business or engineering majors. I attended them with the hope something good came out of it and to practice my networking skills. In my opinion I think career fair are a waste of time. For people such as myself looking for work and needing a job, they don’t really help. For this career fair that I attended, it was small and was organized by the public library along with alamo workforce solution. So keeping a positive open mind I thought I give it a shot and attend. I didn’t forget to take a few resume with me and luckily I called in advance to see what companies would be attending.
The career fair was held at a local library near my neighbor. Got there about five-minute before they started. The first company recruiter I spoke with was from JPMorgan Chase. It was a very informative conversation and the recruiter gave me a lot information about the company and the position they were looking to fill. The downside to the conversation was that I would still need to apply online. The recruiter did take my resume and I hope something great comes out of it. After talking with the Chase recruiters I went to two other companies. Speaking with these companies is why I think career fairs are a waste of time. All they told me was these are the positions we are hiring for and you would need to go to their career website and apply. No questions about my experience or ask for my resume. The last company I spoke with was a staffing agencies. I introduce myself and passed on my resume. Mention what job positions I was interested in and she wrote down the information. I’ve work with staffing agencies before, but felt like there was never progress. I would constantly called them about positions I was interested in or applied for. Only to hear, will get back to you or just never hearing from them.
I left the career fair not disappointed, but okay knowing that nothing has really change. People want a job and come to them hope to get something, but at the end it just telling you what we all already know. Go to the career website and apply. If you lucky enough you’ll get a phone for an interview or won’t hear a word from the employer about your application.