In search of the dream job: five clues this is not for me

frabz-My-dream-job-b1addcIt seems that the job challenges are not finishing with finding the job. This occurs mainly because the work doesn’t cover the initial expectations, some disappointment from the place/position appeared, or, said in non-diplomatic language, one discover that the job, the place and the people are not nice. In another article I plan to outline how this occurred in my case and why, as I am sure there will be some curiosity about the never-ending post-communistic transition Bulgarian business perspectives are in.

Now, as I am looking for a new opportunities, I start to be more clear what I want, what I need and where to look for it. It is not efficient to apply for everything, these are not the Olympic games. It is my time, efforts and future I invest in, hence there is nothing bad of being a bit picky and prioritize. This is what I encountered in the process of applying.

1. If the company has double standards for the nationality of its employees, it is not for me.

I was very enthusiastic to go to two interviews with a big international company. The position was somewhat routine and administrative but I was ready to compromise because of the young and nice team and the nice salary I was expecting. The company is really big, operating worldwide and I cannot say my expectations were unrealistic. However, at the end they offer me a salary twice lower than the salaries of other foreign people in the company. I do take into account that we speak for different departments here but a little farther research showed that this is obviously company politics. They offer in general lower remuneration to Bulgarian employees. Why is that? Because anyway at the end they will find a Bulgarian who will agree to do the work out of desperation? No, thanks, this is not fair on many levels and I don’t want to be part of it.

2. If the company/organization absolutely refuse to read my CV in English, it is not for me.

My logic is very simple. If they do not want to see my CV in English in any case, these rather means that my touch as employee with internationality and possibly, multiculturalism, is rather not existing. There is nothing bad in this, it is just not my cup of tea. I feel so out of the local box, I like to be in touch with different people, use different languages, that I just cannot go back in that box and lock myself.

3. If the management doesn’t show any appreciation for me as a human being, it is not for me.

A job interview is both sided process. Anybody who behaves like it isn’t, is not showing understanding that the future employee is also human being. As applicant I also have my needs and as a human being I prefer to see another human being in front of me. We are here to do work, of course, but this doesn’t mean we cannot have good positive communication and show some understanding. I work for your company/organization, not for you only. One friend is saying something which sums up pretty well: “I work for living, I don’t live for working”.

4. If I cannot develop my self and learn new things, it is not for me.

Of course I like to know what I am doing and to do it well. It is just that staying for too long on one stage, not updating any knowledge or developing new skills still is not option for me. I got discouraged, highly demotivated and bored.

5. If I cannot be useful with my skills, it is not for me.

Routine, monotonous work is something I really don’t mind from time to time. It can be very relaxing and not stressful. However, if one doesn’t have the conditions for reaching his full potential from time to time, this again leads to frustration. There is nothing worse than the feeling that you can do more, you can do better, you have ideas, but… nobody want it from you! This is really basic refusal of personal satisfaction that each person should be able to experience in his everyday life. A position which will match my own competences is bringing the good feeling of something well done at the end of the day.

I am a believer and I know the dream job exists. This is the job that will bring me enough challenges and satisfaction, where I can contribute and which makes some social impact.

Looking for a job in Barcelona: General Impressions

Edit: I fought with the major frustration and to keep the article positive. I think I failed, but anyway if a person cannot be drama in its own blog, where then…

I am great supporter of the idea that there is always a job. Finding it depends on two things: how you look for one; do you have somehow objective view between self competences and the desired position. As I have some experience on hunting at the job market, I believe I did quite good my homework. I researched the market; focused on relevant for me and desired positions; updated my curriculum according to the particular cultural and area requirements; even visited some additional courses about the whole process of application and advertising yourself. I did and I do networking.

My gaze stares at entry levels job positions or internships mainly in marketing departments of international companies but I don’t limit myself with this. I apply also for HR departments, customer service and everything else relevant to my experience and competences. Here are my basic impressions.

  • Defining the candidate by its social status.

All these fairy tales how a big boss or investor believed in an amazingly smart out-of-money, almost living on the street young lad, are not up to date for Europe 2015. Nowadays this lad has to start its CV with his address, or at least the post code, because the employer would like to know where are you coming from. Kind of justified one – they also need to know how much time you need to travel to the work place. My point – what if I cannot afford to live in a more socially accepted neighbourhood and I have to take the half prize room in the Arabic ghetto? What if I need the job for moving out of there? What is more, major advice by recruiters in Barcelona is to put photo on your CV. A detail that in some labour markets is considered to be a basis of discrimination.

  • Defining the candidate by nationality instead of by skill.

The English speaking jobs obviously are with the growing tendency to be offered only to native speakers – mainly from UK, US and Canada. Sorry, Australians, New Zealanders and other countries with English as major language – you are not on the top of the list, as well. When submitting a resume, the first, sometimes the only question, is “Are you born in UK/US?”. Cheers to all these natives who are not even able to spell their own namers, but they would get an interview for such an job offer. You want to be a nanny, a housekeeper, CS agent, intern – you cannot, if your mother gave birth to you outside of UK/US.

  • The required qualification for a full time job position and an internships are predominantly the same.

Do you speak fluently five languages, you are proficient in MS Office and Photoshop and have excellent knowledge of SAP with 2 years experience in the respective field? Congratulations, you can apply for an internship. But only if you can sign a 6-month agreement with your university (By the way – thanks, EU). I am not gonna comment more here. Some things are just farcical.

The situation

The official data for October 2015 published by Spanish Labour ministry marks its highest increase since February 2013. With rate of 22.3 % the country is one of the most affected by unemployment in the Eurozone. Although Catalonia is managing better than some south regions, the problem stays here, too. How the regular job-seeker feels? Frustrated. Especially for recently graduated and excited finally to put knowledge into practise individuals, it is frustrating. Some of my friends and acquaintances need more than 6 month before finding any kind of job and more than year for finding something in the relevant for them field. The municipality organizes great encouraging free classes in different areas but are the working places multiplying because of it? For me the things look even less colourless. The languages I speak seem to be not of an value, neither is my more than 2 years experience in NGO sector. And as an Eastern Europe citizen, who doesn’t speak the highly appreciated here Russian, I feel like a second hand candidate. I started to wonder if now, after graduating and gathering experience in “my” fields, is going to be my first time in the area of non-qualified labour. At the end of the month, being helpful and developing new skills is what I want the most together with my salary. I am not afraid of work, so, Barcelona, what I can do for you?