Tales of a Disgruntled Graduate: A View from the Front Lines of the Post-College Job Hunt
Blog Introduction: Three Foreign Languages, Zero Jobs
Nearly a year has gone by since graduation. Ten months, one week and two days, to be exact. Already, Iíve had six different jobs and received thousands of rejection letters (ok, hundreds), which isnít bad, considering I graduated with no marketable job skills to speak of. Sure, I wrote about them in my cover letters, but who are we kidding? A liberal arts degree just doesnít compare to the preferred one to three yearsí experience in the workforce. Which leaves me wonderingÖ
How does a recent graduate get a job, anyway?
I know three languages, but none of them have to do with computers. I can write literary essays, socio-historical commentaries and music analyses, but Iíve never sent a fax before. I can take notes on a lecture like nobodyís business, but Iíve never managed the schedule for a busy top exec. I may not have the direct experience employers are looking for, but my references are good, and Iím still convinced my degree proves Iím trainable. At least as trainable as one of those little yappy dogs Ė and I promise not to make as much noise.
Although I have yet to find a definitive answer to my question, over the course of various job searches Iíve encountered all manner of obstacles, from vague job descriptions to toppling interview questions. Iíve been saddened, enraged, and sometimes even amused by these dilemmas and decided they were too good to keep to myself.
The entries that follow are my frustrations, successes, and musings on the job front. Whether youíre a recent graduate yourself, a passer-by to this website, or a curious onlooker with a salary and health insurance (what a life!), I hope you enjoy reading. If it helps you, great. If it makes you laugh, even better. Looking back, thatís about all I can do.
Plus, for the moment, I have a job. Iím laughing like a little yappy dog and wagging my stubby, imaginary tail.