Anyone who’s studied Physics will be familiar with the term vector. I became reacquainted with it while browsing through my high school textbooks and decided to adapt it as my personal slogan: Become a vector!
A vector is a quantity with both magnitude (a number or “force”) and specific direction, usually represented by an arrow. Why does this matter? Because in your job search, it is key to have a direction and to find ways to keep moving further forward along that path.
In my job search, I’ve become distracted by all the different career opportunities thrown at me, many moving along paths that seem interesting but aren’t right for me. It’s important to think of the purpose any job or professional interaction will serve in the long run. Will they get you closer to your dream career?
Having been in the job market for a short while and having found it frustrating, it’s easy to see how one can grow eager and desperately jump at any opportunity. It’s important to be patient and always ask whether this will add substance to your resume.
I am an English major with a degree in journalism. I want to edit the next Harry Potter or interview Tyler Florence and be paid for it, but if an opportunity doesn’t get me even remotely closer to what I want, it’s not for me. If I’m not a vector, then I’m just wasting time.
So, things I have to remember:
- What I want career-wise.
- What my skill sets are.
- Never to get desperate
Applying for jobs that are tailored towards my goals will go a long way in this process. Even if they are entry-level jobs, it can be a learning experience that will keep you on track to where you eventually want to go.