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Feb. 9th, 2011 @ 05:39 pm Forced optimism
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I went through a brief dedicated, excited phase in my job search.  It's a new year! Companies are hiring again! Ooh, and I've even figured out better how to find jobs that could be a good fit.

This culminated recently in actually talking to an HR representative on the phone and being asked to do a writing exercise.  It's been a week since I sent it to them, and the longer it takes to hear back, the more I expect bad news.

In a few more months, "recent graduate" will be an even more inaccurate description of myself.  I was skimming through this article on youth unemployment, and it played into my fears of being passed over as "damaged goods" for newer grads.

My earlier outlook is being replaced by a new motivation, fear.  Now is the short time when companies are hiring and I'm from the most recent graduating class (January grads don't count).  I don't know when this new year hiring spurt is going to end.  I can't bring myself to believe it's a larger change in employment.  It's here now, but it will end soon until later.  By the time they hire again, there will be even more people to compete against.

I don't know which approach makes it easier to force myself to crank through the internet re-writing cover letters and applying to jobs.  Is it the bubbling of hope?  Now is the time when I'll find a job!  Or is it the panic?  If I don't get a job now, I'll be stuck juggling part-time jobs indefinitely.

I keep reminding others that desperation counts against them in the jobhunt.  I keep telling others not to worry and something will come along as long as they keep looking.  I have to say these things.  I need the reminder.
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Date:February 15th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
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You are not going to be stuck juggling random part-time jobs forever. I promise. You will find full-time employment, at the very least doing something very basic/entry-level that you can work your way up in. Of course I hope that's not the case and that you get something you really genuinely enjoy instead. But right now, I am looking you in the eyes and telling you, if nothing else, that you won't be waitressing forever. (Unless you suddenly decide you want to. I am not disparaging lifetime waitresses.)

Really, though, I think most people who get stuck waitressing forever tend to get that way because they have either minimal education, or else too much education for their circumstances (e.g., got a J.D. but lack the credentials/connections/grades/luck to find legal employment in the lousy legal market, spent a zillion years getting an Art History Ph.D. but can't find academic employment, etc.) and get turned away from almost literally everything because they're "overqualified" (i.e., employers assume they're a flight risk because they'd rather be lawyering or professoring or whatever). I don't think it happens as much to B.A.s since they aren't as likely to fall into that underqualified/overqualified hole when applying for entry-level work. Not that it's EASY to find a job as a B.A., obviously it's not and I don't mean to sound that way at all, but I think it's easier than if you have either no degree or a super-specific ultra-degree that makes you less employable in unrelated markets. At least that's the impression I've been getting. A lot of the people in that youth unemployment article have the overeducation/overqualified problem.
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Date:February 15th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I know, and it wasn't really the article, but it does get frustrating some days.
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