Dear Career Doctor,
I am writing to seek for your professional advice on my job hunting exercises.
I graduated in 2000 and worked for
1) an arts organization for 3.5 years,
2) an integrated marketing agency for 1.5 years,
3) a 4As advertising agency for 0.5 year; and
4) a bank for 1.5 years
Then, I went to Japan to study Japanese in 2008 and returned in 2009.
However, this language is totally unrelated to my job. Due to the impact of the economic tsunami, I didn't find any prospective jobs in the market by the
end of 2009.
Starting from 2010, I tried very hard to look for a new post, but I have encountered a lot of obstacles. To be more specific, I am always regarded as the second-best choice from the view of the potential employers. Sometimes I am listed on the waiting list, sometimes the interviewers directly tel me that not working for 3 years is a hurdle for hiring me. Sometimes I'm simply short on luck - an advertising agency initially wanted to open a new post but dropped it later because it could not close the deal with its new client.