Ready, Set, Job Search!

by Eric Mason

For several weeks during the beginning of the school year, October 1st signaled a new outlook to my position in higher education. It was this day that would begin my job search. I graduate on May 16th, 2015. Hiring in higher education take weeks, sometimes months. Starting this search early had two goals: 1. Work out the kinks in cover letters, resumes, and searches, and 2. Get my name out as much as I can. My initial goal was two jobs a week until around Christmas. By the time spring comes around, I will be an expert in the process; though I hope it does not take that long.

I knew that I would write a post about the job search, but I wanted to wait until I had a few weeks experience under my belt. As I finish my 10th application, the process has become so much easier. Cover letters can be imitated from one another. Research on specific schools and departments consumes the most time. Despite the time, it is exciting. I have discovered where I want to work and what I want to do more while browsing databases on (Rec/Athletics related jobs),, and Two months ago, I would only want a larger city. Since viewing postings, I am open to moving back to a smaller town.

The process remains intimidating, despite learning and fine-tuning process. There are thousands of openings and thousands of colleges from Maine to Washington. My focus maintains out West or the Northeast. As much as I loved growing up in the Midwest, I want a new challenge (I’m also a sucker for beaches and mountains). Within seven months, I will be 23 with a Master’s degree and world in front of me. Every application, cover letter, resume edit, brings me closer to that goal.

As JRR Tolkein said, “All we have to decide is what to do with time that is given to us.” Moving out west has intensified my wanderlust, and a new challenge awaits me in a very short time. It is sure to fly by me quicker than I hope. Las Vegas has been more than I could have asked for in terms of personal growth. A new location will push me even more.

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