I graduated from college two years ago in May 2018. Like some graduates, who had a tough time looking for a job; I decided to take the route of accepting a job offer as a Sales Representative. The job was a door to door sales position selling cable service products to consumers who lived in assigned neighborhood areas in my hometown. I left the job every day feeling overwhelmed and not thinking straight. It affected my social anxiety.
After a month of working, I decided to leave the position for good; and took a break to help out with my family.
I took the short term experience by learning three lessons: 1. Research the Company, 2. Ask the recruiter questions after the interview process about the position and 3. Have a Plan B, C etc. My plan B would have been to a. volunteer, b. get an unpaid internship and c. find a part time job in a different industry. Looking back I could have done 2 out of 3 plans.
After my three month rest, I decided to go into the job search again. In November 2018, I went on to take an exam for a position in my city. My testing score unfortunately did not meet with the requirement for the position. I decided to put my job hunting on hold again and spent Christmas with my family.
I started the following year with a plan to meet with the career service advisor assistant and a formal professor at my formal university.
I went to the career service for advice on finding jobs as a college graduate and my formal professor to critique my resume.
I was preparing to attend my first career later of the year in October.
When the career fair occurred in October, I was anxious to meet with the recruiters of the companies I had an interest in as a potential candidate. While the recruiters did not have positions available at the time; I started to make changes toward my job search and start searching for networking events.
I attended my first networking event the same as I did with the career fair, and had an informative interview with Alumni.
Since the pandemic, I have continued to help my family at home and started looking at online classes to learn a new skill. I am, however, concerned about my two-year career gap. What do you advise I do and how can I keep myself motivated?