video editing

Getting job searching assistance in the US through Upwardly Global

Restarting job huting by going back to basics with Upwardly Global

I have probably applied to fifty jobs (I want to say I’m exaggerating, but right now it does feel like I’ve sent my resume that many times) but so far I’ve only gotten two interviews (both of which didn’t get me the job), and most of them are denied job applications, which makes me believe I’m doing something wrong. And so a few days ago, I have decided to reach out to Upwardly Global and sent them my application on March 16.

Upwardly Global is an organization aiming to help immigrants in the US to rebuild the careers they had before immigrating to the US. Their website was easy enough to navigate, and the help and assistance they provide is free. According to their website, Upwardly Global provides service to the immigrant job seeker, saying:

“Our Job Seeker Services Program prepares educated and skilled immigrants, refugees, and asylees to overcome the numerous barriers to professional employment.”

They don’t just accept any immigrant for their program. They do have requirements for the job seeker who wish to get assistance from their organization. Upwardly Global has three offices locations: Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Of course, with them being located so far away from where I live (Missouri), I had to figure out if they provide online services as well. Turns out, they do.

I figured there was no harm in trying, and after reading that it’s free, I’ll be gaining more information on insight as an immigrant trying to not just find a job but find a career I will enjoy. And so earlier today, I received a phone call from Upwardly Global and they just asked me a few questions about what my career and job expertise was back home, as well as providing information about their organization. Additionally, you would have an adviser to help you out with their workshops, and provide assistance as well with providing you a bridge between you, future employers, and networking with them. This organization is not an agency; they will not offer nor offer you a job. As they have said in their website:

“We do not guarantee job placement. What we can guarantee is that after you complete the training, you will have a professional portfolio consisting of a resume and cover letter, a growing connection with professionals in your field, and improved interview and networking skills. Your success in finding a job will depend on your motivation and determination.”

After providing and exchanging details and questions and answers, I was emailed with a link for a Professional Assessment, followed by a online presentation of Resume Writing here in the US and after listening to it intently and absorbing all the information. At the end of the lesson, I revised the resume using the information I learned (as well as the resume template they provided – which I don’t want to put online) and realized just how different my previous resume looked compared to my newly revised one.

I intentionally blurred it to protect my information, and to make sure anyone with a bad intention of using my personal information won't be able to use it

I intentionally blurred it to protect my information, and to make sure anyone with a bad intention of using my personal information won’t be able to use it

What I learned from the Resume Writing Lesson they provided is that with my non-US job experiences, the employers won’t be able to relate to it and so I needed to provided additional information. However, I did remove my internship details and college activities. I decided to do that because my internship didn’t really relate to any of my previous experiences, and with me being no longer a recent graduate, my college activities don’t really matter that much anymore.

I will be giving updates regarding my lessons with Upwardly Global and review the lessons, services they provide, and if the program helps me out in the future when it comes to finding my career. I do know it’s not just Upwardly Global who bring me to my goal. I, myself, would have to be serious and keep my end of the bargain by doing what is required of me and participating and doing their suggestions and tips, in the hopes that at the end of this all ,I’ll find my place in the industry I love in the US.

Skills Test after a Job Interview

Additional phases after the first interview, before getting a chance for a second interview

Practice Exam Phase of a Job Interview

I know not a lot of job interviews have a practice exam phase – or at least in my case, a video practice exam phase. As I have stated before, I have applied for a video editor position three/four weeks ago and right now, I’m in that practice phase where they want to test my skills. For a while I thought I did pretty well. I was trying not to do this but, I was already falling in love with the company and the job itself, which I know I shouldn’t since that just keeps my hopes up. I still have a 50-50 chance of getting (or not getting) the job and out of the four job interviews I have had since I got my Employment Authorization Card and Conditional Residency Card, this has been the closest I’ve been when it comes to landing a job.

Nerves are setting in and I already feel that dreaded sense of I-wished-I-had-done-an-effin-better-job. Like, I could have deleted that first sequence where all the videos were a mess. I should have deleted the grouped videos on my second sequence where it also looks like a mess.

It’s too late now, and here’s hoping I did well enough to pass their qualifications.

Job Interview – Planning an Outfit

Simple Job Interview outfit

Planning what to wear for an interview can be hard sometimes. You neither want to be too casual or under dressed, or too formal. I always have the same problems and with me wanting to work in an industry related to creativity and/or post production which doesn’t really revolve in a corporate attire kind of world (at least, the ones I have worked and applied to), it is hard for me to find the middle ground of too corporate or too casual.

What I wore for my recent job interview – easy, not too much, simple, yet professional.

Job Interview Outfit

I wish I could’ve taken a picture of myself wearing the outfit but, I just got so caught up with preparation and nerves that it just didn’t cross my mind. Some of these are not the accurate products I have, bu the closest I could find (the blazer, slacks, shoes, bag, accessories – same style but I couldn’t find the right design.) But this is what I wore and it did felt like it wasn’t too corporate but it still was professional enough for an interview. I kept my dragonfly earrings just because I don’t want to wear my big pearl earrings. I still want to give the impression that I like creative stuff, and it felt like the dragonfly earrings gave that impression – but in a good way.

I wanted the make up to be simple. I want to look flawless at least but not feel like I have so much gunk on my face that when my nerves kick in, my face will be drowning in running make up (which was what I felt last time). I cleansed, toned, and moisturized and then applied just a few make up and hair products.

Job Interview Make-up List

The make up and hair product I used:
– Maybelline Fit me Stick Foundation – 240 Golden Beige (love this ❤ )
– Avon Mineral Loose Powder
– Almay Intense i-color Shimmer-i Kit
– Covergirl Perfect Blend Pencil – Basic black
– Rimmel Extra WOW lash Mascara
– Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
– Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist (loving this SO much)
– L'Oreal Paris Elseve Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum

I’m not sure how much I really spent on this, because some of this products I already had with me when I immigrated. But I usually buy (at least for the make-up) really affordable ones because unemployment is limiting me with make-up options and I do believe thatthey did work well for me, despite being cheap compared to the favorite make up item brands.

I did hope my impression came out good. I made sure I cut my nails short and just put some clear top coat on it. If I was applying as a video editor, I don’t want them to think I’m putting too much effort into putting make up (in which case I only know basic steps) and long nails will just make it harder for me to edit anyways.

I have more job interview outfits I haven’t really worn them yet so I won’t be posting them for now. Let me know what you think. Too much? Too bland? Oh well, if I get another job interview, I will post the outfit and make up wore again and maybe you guys could give me some ideas and feedback.

Second job interview was interesting

Had my second interview today,and I had a more optimistic attitude

Do the dance

Getting more comfortable with interviews after failed job interviews

Let me do a happy dance!

After an interview for a video editing job position today, I felt much better. I finally felt that feeling that I didn’t feel when I did my previous interview where I had so much regret that I didn’t do well with my answers. With this recent interview, I felt at ease and comfortable enough to express all my answers in all honesty, in a professional way of course.

It wasn’t just mental preparation. I wanted to feel good in my clothes and make up. Again, with my previous interview, my make-up was running and it made me so uncomfortable that I do think it added to my nerves and my physical presentation. And so I asked my husband to just let me buy some stuff (make up and hair products) so that I would at least look professional enough. I had a blazer on, a cute white top to match with it, black slacks and nude heels, with simple make up and flat-ironed hair. I did keep my dragonfly earrings on instead of putting the pearls because I didn’t want to be too corporate because I did have a feeling that it was going to be a casual work office.

The company I had my interview with is a small company which mainly deals with post-production. The fact that they were casual and laid-back made me comfortable conversing with them, instead of sounding like a robot with every answer I say. The interview process was short, direct, casual. Before it started, I was talking to one of them and it kind of broke the ice because we talked about something in common: immigration process. After that chat, I had three people interviewing me (which was a first for me because I’ve had a one-on-one interviews or a panel interview with one interviewer asking at least three applicants questions related to the job.) It was scary at first because I have to say an answer which will satisfy all three interviewers.

I would have to say, prepping for an interview and making sure your clothes and make up, does help in making you feel at ease and less nervous. The only time I got nervous was when I stepped into the office and everyone was looking, and when my hair tie got loose and so my hair was just annoyingly hanging on the left side of my face, with which I had to remove my hair tie and continue answering their questions with my hair down (which I hope did not get me any bad point), and I didn’t realize I was fiddling with the hair tie that it fell on the floor which cut off my speech and I had to pick it up form the floor (which I am hoping I don’t get any bad point for that too.)

I didn’t forget to send a thank you note, and I heard back from them a few hours afterwards saying they’ll let me know by next week, that is if I get to do the next part of the hiring process or if everything I said during the interview wasn’t enough.

Fingers crossed, I really do hope I hear back from them again.