If the job market is so hot and unemployment low, why am I having difficulty finding a job? I moved to New York after college a year ago to break into media, but the closest I’ve gotten to the industry is through my Netflix subscription. I’m making ends meet with part-time jobs, but the city is wearing me down. Any advice?
OK, my forlorn friend. Sounds like someone needs a pick-me-up. So, first thing you do is blast Frank Sinatra’s “New York New York” and listen to George Benson’s “On Broadway” to get your mojo back and game face on. You can do this! Next, you need a friend, some contacts in your network and/or your school to help you assess what’s going on with your job search.
I’m not sure what jobs you are doing, but get thee to some employment agencies and do some temp work in an office environment to get you into the game, even if not in media. Start fresh. Opportunities abound in this town.
After I was contacted by a company for a job interview, I looked up its employee reviews on Glassdoor. They were extremely negative, full of warnings to stay away because of bullying and abuse by the company’s president. The job itself sounds great but now I’m wary. Should I go on the interview? If so, should I ask about these negative reviews?
I’m grateful for the folks who write reviews of every product they purchase and detail every trip they go on. I haven’t always followed the advice (those earbuds made of recycled bamboo did indeed splinter) but if the majority say they loved a particular restaurant in a city I’ve never visited, I’m likely to give it a shot.
For employer reviews, though, keep in mind that they tend to be mixed because disgruntled employees are more likely to write reviews than happy ones. (When was the last time you heard a patron say, “The service here was amazing, I want to speak to a manager!”) That doesn’t mean the negative comments aren’t valid, but they may not represent a complete picture. Go on the first interview, but I wouldn’t raise the Glassdoor comments. See how it goes and, if you advance, discuss it later on.
Gregory Giangrande is a chief human resources and communications officer in the media industry. E-mail your career questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande. His Go to Greg podcast series is available on iTunes.
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