And You Think Your Job Search Is Tough

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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I recently saw a video of a man ironing a shirt with a boiling pot of water. Without access to an iron and needing to look presentable for an interview, the man used his creativity and adaptability to find a solution. Rather than spending money he did not have on an iron, the man takes a pot of boiling water and carefully drags it across his wrinkled shirt. He found an answer to his quandary. He showed resilience. He did not acquiesce and decide it was all over.

Think about your job search. Have you encountered difficulties? Maybe you are an international student who has found out that a number of US companies won’t offer sponsorship. Or, maybe you found the “perfect” job, but it requires three years of work experience and you only have two. Perhaps you have a background in the finance sector, but you came to Carey Business School because you are interested in healthcare and experience frustration changing industries.

Don’t give up! Be creative. Be adaptive. Be resilient. Find the solution! And, remember, you may experience obstacles during your job search, but you have a pressed shirt, you have a polished resume, and most importantly, you have the advice of the Career Development Team. We are here to help. To schedule an appointment with a career coach, log into your Carey Compass account. We are eager to work with you!

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