A Job Market in Flux: Jenny Affan’s Job Search Success Story

Everyone’s job search story is different, but each individual story can inspire and empower others who are on their own unique path. We love to hear how our readers have found rewarding careers in Portland, and we want to share these stories with you to inspire you in your job search and to help us all better understand the local job market! In this job search success story, Jenny Affan, Community Manager for Brazi Bites, shares how she treated her job search like a marathon, not a sprint.

What do you do for a career? Who do you work for? 

I work in the marketing department as a Community Manager for Brazi Bites.

How long did it take you to find this job?

Two months.

How did you find your job? What resources did you use? What tool or tactic helped the most? 

I found the job through Indeed while job searching. My tactic was to be consistent in the search and not let the interview process get me down. For example, having a great interview with a company where you make it to the third or fourth round, only to find out you weren’t the one they were looking for. 

What was the most difficult part of your job search? How did you overcome this challenge? 

To expand on what I just touched on in the last question, the interview process can be grueling for the mere fact that looking for a job is a full-time job itself. Having to present your best self to numerous companies and people week after week is exhausting, especially if you continue to feel good about the opportunities and get denied the role. 

What is the single best piece of advice you would offer other job-seekers?

Know that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The job market is in complete flux at the moment. Some industries are in desperate need, while others are extremely competitive. At the end of each interview, reaffirm to yourself that if it’s meant to be, it will work out. Your skillset, attitude, and personality are exactly what someone seeks to have at their company! 

Why do you love your job?

I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to be at the company I am currently at. Being a previous founder myself, Brazi Bites, is exactly the type of company I feel aligned with. The founders genuinely care about work-life balance, and the team they’ve built is a testament to their love for what they do.