When I was hired at my new job my first question was about the dress code. My first day on the job I was given a couple of company t-shirts to wear to work but at least once a week I like to dress professionally. In an effort to not dress way fancier than the rest of the office, I like to throw on a cute sweater with a nice shirt, a colorful necklace, my black jeans, and my plaid converse shoes.
It has been a long week of burying myself in a huge pile of applications. The bad job market is not just a topic for the news, it’s my reality. I’m convinced that there are too many “right brain” creative people in this world because those jobs are impossible to find whereas “left brain” scientific jobs are plentiful. If only I understood biology!
On top of the job hunt I am also solving the, “Where am I going to live?” crisis. “The world is your oyster” saying has taken on a whole new meaning. I envy those who have been able to find a full-time salary job, that they’re actually interested in, straight out of school. Then from that, they get to live in a super cool place. I’m still living in my college town and its job market is definitely not cutting it. So, to reiterate, “The world is my oyster.” Well, at least, the continental United States. I couldn’t imagine searching for a house and job worldwide.
Luckily, I’ve had two little buddies to aid in my job search frustration by providing an adorable distraction.
Back to the point….. Finding a good job with a decent salary in a cool place with a perfect house is just not playing out for me yet. Journalism is not an easy career path right now. So I have had to deviate a little a lot from my desired jobs. Journalism turns into event planning which gets me thinking about public relations which reminds me of being a communication director and that leads me to consider human resources or a secretary which slowly turns into, “Hey, I guess I could work at a grocery store. That could maybe lead to what I want to do….” So in the interest of not working at a grocery store for the rest of my life I have compiled some tips for job hunting….
“Unemployment. 53% of 18-24 year olds are living at home again or never moved out of their parent’s house. 28% of 25-32 year olds have moved back in.”
I heard this on the radio yesterday and I think I’ve been hearing this on every possible news source since I can remember. The economy is bad but it seems that it is always bad. It’s not about finding a job. It’s about finding the job you actually want. For most people that doesn’t include almost all the available jobs.
I graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. I tried out a multimedia internship after graduation that was amazing but not THE job I wanted. I was working for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a multimedia journalist. I traveled to several state parks to collect pictures, video, and interviews of the parks to create multimedia pieces for their new web sites. (Some of my work is below).