Saturday, July 11, 2009
After my fourth week of applying for jobs, I have received only a single response. This glint of employment possibility is for a tutoring position at a local elementary school. Otherwise, I have received little other news from the 6 positions I applied for this week or from 30 of the other positions I have applied for in the past month. At this point, an outright rejection would feel more satisfying than simply not receiving any indication from the employer of whether or not I am even being considered for the position. The lack of a response has been more agonizing than the rejections. I anxiously check my email numerous times a day in the hopes that someone in some human resources department out there has received my plea for employment. The virtual job search does not seem to be effective. It may be time for me to revive some good old fashioned networking skills.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
On a rainy Saturday morning 26 days I ago, I received my bachelor's degree in history. In my dripping graduation gown, with a political science major to my left and an economics major to my right, I congratulated myself for studying a subject that I was passionate about. I have found the leap from passion to profession to be a perilous one in an economic climate as gloomy as that of my graduation day.
If I could receive as many job offers as sympathy and well-wishes from family and friends in the past month, I would likely be employed. Unfortunately, the 9.5% unemployment rate hasn't been as kind. This pre-employment, post college status deserves some kind of title. Employment seeking consultant perhaps? Maybe a job procurement specialist? How about something more active like job ranger? What exactly do you call a person that is no longer a student but has yet to become a member of the work force?