Challenge Accepted

Jansell Iris SimbulanWearing that black toga and flashing a proud smile while receiving my diploma is truly a dream come true. But, after the glitz and glamour of Graduation day, everything is back to zero. The celebration signifies not an ending but the beginning of another journey.

Taking summer job is no longer my priority as I’m looking for a full-time work this time. No more enrolment dates and tuition fees to care about because job application and salary expectation top the list.

Even I had various experiences and humbly gained such achievements in college, still I found it hard to jive along the competitive world of job hunting. I’m grateful for those experiences that loaded my gun with enough bullets to engage myself into a war — a war where no huge tanks and hideous arena can be seen but only a plain office desk and an officer giving every applicant a stiff remark while handing him/her a resume.

The internet has become my dependable buddy as I carefully browse on different sites and job offers in local and national perspective. Selecting things to put on a resume is also a nitty-gritty part because not all things about me may be included on that piece of paper so I have to rely on the interview proper to fully express myself and my capacity while hoping that series of fast heartbeat and annoying mental block will not get in the way.

I even got to memorize every details on my resume as I had it printed for so many times, handing it to companies, my face full of high hopes and enthusiasm, but when I got home, filled with anxieties thinking if the staff scanned through it or just added it on a big pile of resumes in the corner.

Looking for a professional job and proving myself through interviews and examinations is not as easy as cramming for that surprise quiz given by the class instructor. I also believe that good opportunity comes when least expected. As I rely too much on the internet for sources, I fail to recognize that there are friends and connections that would help me in the journey.

A good friend told me about this job I have right now. I mustered the courage to submit my resume, take long exams and face three interviews as part of the hiring process. After a week, good news came. HIRED.

There’s no such thing as overnight result of a job application. It will test our patience to wait, our resilience to accept if we fail and a brave heart to try again. The job and position I have right now is a ‘no turning back’ thing. It’s a challenge accepted. All glory to God!

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