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.
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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