Sometimes, you just have to go for it. Rev Run (of Run-DMC, actual name Joseph Simmons) recently tweeted something that I found particularly inspirational. He said, “My schedule for life: find all the good in life…praise it…and watch everything else fall in place.” That’s the theme to this post and my recent couple of weeks—sometimes, if you want something badly enough, you have to take that risk and hope that everything comes together as it should.
I moved to Chicago about a week ago, which was arguably one of the bolder moves I’ve made in my life.
- I am from a small town.
- I had never seen Chicago before the move.
- I have no job.
Still, I had heard great things about the city, and it met all of my requirements for a place in which I’d want to live (people around my age, good public transportation, near the water, etc.). I reasoned that it would be easier for me to land a job in Chicago if I were actually in the city, so that I would be able to come in for in-person interviews.
As luck would have it, as I was in the process of moving, I received an e-mail from an alumnus from my alma mater, Elon University, asking me if I would be interested in coming in for an interview, since his company was currently hiring. This was someone who I had contacted a little while back and put myself on his radar. Cough, networking, cough. Yes, it’s really that important, and, as you’ve undoubtedly noticed, it’s going to be a recurring theme in my posts.
Anyway, the interview took place a few days after moving in. I made it there with blisters on my feet, after being sent to the wrong address and, fortunately, realizing this while I still was able to make it to the right place on time. It went well. If the story ended there and I landed a job at the first company with which I interviewed in Chicago, it would be the perfect story. Almost too perfect, I’d say. I have yet to receive feedback from that company, but I am continuing to follow-up.
Once I knew I was moving to Chicago, I put myself back in contact with another company with whom I had been interviewing. I figured alerting them that I was moving to Chicago could be of interest to them—and I was right! I have an interview with that company next week. During my time in Chicago, I have continued to apply to jobs, and I have interviews at two more companies this week.
I’m not suggesting that dropping everything and moving is the best advice for everyone. I came here with a plan—I live with my friend who is employed, and I have the means to support myself while searching for a job. My advice is simply to not be afraid to take chances in your job search, which can mean anything from applying to a position you feel is a little out of your reach to making yourself vulnerable and unafraid of rejection.
I am extremely optimistic that the right position, in which I will be a good fit for the company and the company will be a good fit for me, is on the horizon. For now, I will praise the uncharacteristically warm, sunny weather Chicago has been having lately and learn more about this beautiful city.