Friday, May 25, 2012

Resume Bomb: Beginning Consequences

Now, most of you probably know that I have had to make due with some...unfulfilling employment over recent years.  Nothing astronomically bad (although they've all had those moments!) just not what I really want to do.

As a teenager, I pretty much grew up in a television studio.  I could run anything in the studio (except for maybe the vcrs that actually sent out each program over the airwaves--I never touched those!) and loved it all.  I worked for free, every day after school for HOURS, helping people with their shows.  This is what I want to get involved with again...although, as an adult, I want to be paid for it.

Fast forward to now.  After working with a temp agency, scouring job boards and exhausting my connections, I've decided to take a simple route:  I will send my resume and cover letter to television studios within x miles of my home.

So, on Tuesday I sent out my first ten resumes/cover letters.  I call this "resume bombing".  These attempts to reach stations are totally unsolicited, and while I'm not sure this is professional of me, at this point I don't care anymore.  I'd just liked to get my name out there.

Today I got my first call back.

Now, I'm shy to pick up unknown or blocked numbers.  I hate the telephone and loathe getting into a situation with a telemarketer or a persistent friend who won't let me go when I say "I have to go."  But when applying for jobs?  Yeah, I have to make an exception.

My phone rang first at 8:32 AM.  My alarm clock doesn't go off until 9, so I automatically hit "reject" without even thinking.  Don't try to talk to me pre-alarm.

Then, at 10:18, I missed another call.  Thinking, oh, crap.  I sent out my resume!  Maybe this is someone calling about that...I googled both numbers (they were different) but they both went to the same place.  It was, in fact, one of the places I resume-bombed.

But they weren't leaving messages.  Just calling and hanging up.  Wtf?

Finally, I kept glued to my phone.  At 8:22 PM, they finally called back again.

"I'm a little confused,"  a mans voice said to me.  "I don't know what you've been told...but we don't do this sort of thing.  We finance documentaries and Broadway musicals."

(An avid lover of all things Broadway, my stomach jumped a little at these words.  I refrained from immediately babbling that I loved Broadway too and would they hire me for something else instead?)

He asked, "Did my partner ask you to send him your resume?"

I 'fessed up--that I had found his business listing online in the yellow pages under the "television studio" section.

He seemed relieved and told me that he was concerned his partner had been trying to hire someone behind his back.  I assured him there was no funny business around my letter--I was simply trying to reach studios in my area.  I apologized for wasting his time and thought we would hang up, but he went on:

"Well, I don't know if they're hiring, but I have a meeting tomorrow at [local television studio].  I have a friend there.  I can get your resume to him while I'm there."

I was a little stunned.  Honestly, I fully expected people to respond to my unsolicited resume/cover letter with distain.  With, "Why are you wasting my time?"  with, "You don't have a degree in this." with, "You don't know how to use program x?  Or program y?"  Or, moreover, with SILENCE.

For a first-responder, this stranger far exceeded my expectations.

Thanks, random dude.  Even if they aren't hiring and our conversation doesn't end in my getting a job, you've made me feel a little bit better about the human race today.  For everyone who is judging me harshly, there's another person somewhere who's willing to lend a hand where it's needed.  And I appreciate that.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hell yes.

Guess who's seeing Leonard Cohen in concert?
If you said me & Shaun, you'd be right!  It was a you-buy-my-ticket-i'll-buy-yours anniversary present (as of Monday we'll have been dating a year, yikes!) but the concert isn't until December so it'll feel more like a Christmas thing.  I love Leonard Cohen so I'm totally psyched!

In other (good/bad?) news, I've got some feelers out for actual jobs in television.  Which is, hello, let's be honest here--the field I've been struggling to get into since I moved out of Boston in 2001.  I'm hopeful that my friend (who works for a major sports network) and my temp agency (who has friends at the same major sports network) will be able to work some magic for me.  I'm certainly no sports fan, but I don't think that will matter much as long as I'm in a studio again.  I miss it!

I also turned in my first packet at school--only 4 more left this semester.  It's crazy to think that I'll be graduating in under a year!  I'm trying not to think about the fact I'll have to start paying my student loans back at that point.  Yuck!

And, now that I have health insurance again (finally) I got some new glasses, both normal and prescription sunglasses, since I can't wear contacts anymore.  It hurts to think how much money I dropped on these suckers in total (my vision insurance does practically nothing!) but I really needed them, and I was very frugal in my shopping so I'm trying not to sweat it too much.

Goofy face.  It's the only kind of face I have.
My mom saw this and said "prettier than Angelina Jolie!" 
I told her SHE was the one who needed glasses!

Anyway, hope you've all got your sunglasses out and are ready for nice weather!  It seems like it's here after a bit of rain!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

You know what's awesome?

When blogger changes it's whole interface and you have NOCLUE how to post a simple entry.  YEAH.

(I figured it out obviously.)

My boyfriend got a new camera and a lens and oh my god it takes amazing photos.  So we've been photo hunting these days which is interesting as I'm not much into landscape or architecture photography at all, and well...unless you have models, what else is there to take pictures of?

I got lucky and got some photos of ducks mating, lol, which was kind of crazy to watch.  I felt a little pervy taking photos of the whole thing (especially with tourists watching me, we were in a touristy area) but it was also really interesting to see the males fight over the female--one literally took the other's neck in its mouth and bit down until it stopped fighting and let him have the female!

In other news I've been busy as hell with work (these hours SUCK) and school (work is interfering with my school! ugh!) and trying to find some time in the middle to eek out some form of a social life.  It's not easy, I tell you.

I've also really been thinking about moving lately; on one hand I really love my artsy, loft apartment (and I can't beat the price!) but on the other hand, I'm in the middle of nowhere and quite tired of my commute.  I want something centrally located in a more developed area.  A apartment with lots of windows (mine only has two at the far end of the house!) and a kitchen with lots of counter space an electrical outlets...and CLOSETS.  I've lived without closets for over 2 years now, and let me tell you--I miss them.

I'm not really sure where I might end up this time, as I don't know where to look exactly.  I might end up staying here until I'm done with school (less than a year!) only because of the hassle moving would present.  It would all depend on if I get a job offer...

Hope all is going well for all of you!