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January 6, 2011

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Paris Mackey

Ten years ago, a college degree was your Golden Ticket. As long as you graduated, there would be a job waiting.  However, while the numbers are still in favor for today’s college graduate, I, along with many other jobless degree(s) holders, are feeling the negative effects of the job market.

Personally, it’s been a frustrating six months of searching for a public relations job…and coming out empty handed. It’s not like I take a laid-back approach or apply to jobs sporadically. I live by a piece of advice I heard a while back: “Looking for a fulltime job is in itself a fulltime job.' So every morning I make my way to a local coffee shop, and start perusing jobs in my current city (Denver) as well jobs elsewhere that match my qualifications.

I’ve also focused on networking with professionals. Most of my interviews have come from other PR practitioners that I’ve met at PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) engagements, from former internship coordinators and/or introductory emails to recruiters that I’ve stumbled across on LinkedIn. I’ve even put Twitter to the test by using it for intern chats, as well as interacting with professionals and agencies.

 Student Blogger: Life of a College Graduate

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Even with these strategies, I wasn’t getting any bites. So I did what any good angler would do:  if the fish aren’t biting at one fishing hole,change holes. In my case,I began applying for internship positions. Initially I was hesitant about this route simply for the fact that while in school I had a total of seven internships, two of which were paid positions. It felt a bit like a step backwards.

Recently, I’m happy to report that I’ve had several interviews for paid internships and landed one that begins later this month. This doesn’t mean I’ve stopped looking for full-time employment in my field though. If anything, it means that I can expand my search because these internships will just add to my skills and qualifications.

I consider myself an optimist most days and know that it’s only a matter of time before I make that official transition from intern to fulltime employee. But for the time being, I know I’m taking steps in the right direction.

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Lauren Gill January 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

I feel your pain! I’m also looking fro jobs in PR and I have come up short. I have interviewed for intern and full time positions and I have found nothing. I’m in the process to reaching out to everybody I know right now because finding stuff on my own isn’t working. Looking for work is beyond frustrating, but I can;t give up because I have bills to pay. Congratulations on your new internship position! I hope it turns into a full time position.

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Lauren Gill January 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

I feel your pain! I’m also looking fro jobs in PR and I have come up short. I have interviewed for intern and full time positions and I have found nothing. I’m in the process to reaching out to everybody I know right now because finding stuff on my own isn’t working. Looking for work is beyond frustrating, but I can;t give up because I have bills to pay. Congratulations on your new internship position! I hope it turns into a full time position.

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koba2802 January 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

Great post. It’s always tough to work so hard in college and not have a job waiting for you at the end. I’ve learned that searching for a job is tough nowadays. It’s just so competitive. Looking forward to future posts.

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Paris Mackey January 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks Koba for the comment. It’s is tough, but it’s a good thing I’m competitive too.

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koba2802 January 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

Great post. It’s always tough to work so hard in college and not have a job waiting for you at the end. I’ve learned that searching for a job is tough nowadays. It’s just so competitive. Looking forward to future posts.

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Paris Mackey January 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hi Lauren,
Thanks for the comment. Yes, reaching out to your network is so crucial to success. Also, I’m not sure what market you’re located in but if there a PRSA there, look them up. And something you can do while you’re waiting and applying is volunteering your PR services to a non-profit. It’s not ideal, but I’ve done that to keep my skills sharp, it also makes for a good talking point in interviews. Good luck. I’ll send positive vibes your way.

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Angela January 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I think it is great that you are writing about this because I think we all are sharing the same frustrations no matter what degree we recieved or how many internships we have had. It is very discouraging but teaching us how to be stronger and more positive people!

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Paris Mackey January 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Hi Angela,
You’re right, It’s definitely strengthening our resolve. And the way I see it, all the networking and people we come into contact with along the way while searching for a job, are people that we now can nurture a relationship with that will serve us well after these frustrating times.
Thanks for the comment.

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Angela January 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I think it is great that you are writing about this because I think we all are sharing the same frustrations no matter what degree we recieved or how many internships we have had. It is very discouraging but teaching us how to be stronger and more positive people!

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Sal January 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I’m in the exact same position Paris, I graduated with a marketing/international business degree and landed an internship position at a small marketing firm last September. I’m continuing with my job search for a full-time position but needless to say it is a frustrating position to be in. I can definitely say that i’ve become a more optimistic person and you learn that in life you have to just lay low and roll with the punches. Cheers to hopefully making 2011 our year with new full-time jobs my man!!

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Paris Mackey January 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hey Sal! Thanks for the comment. I hope that one day when people look back at our generation, they’ll say that we were optimistic. It’s something I take great pride it myself. And I’m glad that you have that same mentality. People are attracted to positivity, no more so than people hiring. Our time will come, I have no doubt. Good luck to you as well!

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Sal January 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I’m in the exact same position Paris, I graduated with a marketing/international business degree and landed an internship position at a small marketing firm last September. I’m continuing with my job search for a full-time position but needless to say it is a frustrating position to be in. I can definitely say that i’ve become a more optimistic person and you learn that in life you have to just lay low and roll with the punches. Cheers to hopefully making 2011 our year with new full-time jobs my man!!

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