Cause today I swear I’m not doing anything, I’m gonna kick up my feet then stare at the fan

I don’t know how you feel about not working. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun, “Oh, I don’t work. I just get to sit around all day and do whatever I want.” Well, I guess it might be fun if it was your choice to not work, but not when you are unemployed, which sounds much worse, don’t you think? It’s funny how changing the words makes it sound so different. Not working – possibly appealing, being unemployed – not fun.

It seems especially appealing to not be working, when you are recently graduated and only 22. It’s still socially acceptable to be living in your parents house and remain bill-free for as long as possible. I know a lot of people say that not working is so great, but let me tell you something: after a few weeks of not working you won’t be having any fun. Since I was 16, I have held at least one job pretty much all the time; I don’t do well being bored.

At first, though, not working does seem great. You have all this time on your hands, time to indulge in all of your favorite things. You can sit around for hours stalking people on Facebook (come on, everyone does it), chit-chatting with all your bffs from college that you may or may not ever see again and catch up with the ones from high school, watch all of your guilty pleasure soaps and reality shows, sunbathe, read all those juicy novels you’ve been putting off, oh, and of course, look for a job. After a while though, you really don’t care to keep up with the Kardashians anymore and your eyeballs feel like they just might fall out of your head from reading 15 books in three weeks and staring at the computer all day. You might even start to think that you need glasses or something, because is it just me, or is everything realllly blurry all of the sudden?

Take a chance on me…

My rant of today of course continues with the job hunting process. I just do not understand why it should be so difficult to find a job. I have a college degree, was involved in clubs during college, held an internship, and maintained a pretty good GPA – these are all of the things that they tell you will eventually land you the perfect job. The problem is that just because my resume says that I received a degree, I can’t get a part-time job, or even an office assistant job.

I had an interview for an office assistant position, it was only part time, but I figured that it would be some experience to put on my resume and something to do with my time. I also thought that it could probably turn into something full time or lead to another position within the same company. During my interview, I met with three different people, each asking me why in the world do you want a part time position with this resume? You’re qualified for something more than this. Does no one understand that there are no jobs out there? Well, no, I take that back, there are jobs. Only the problem is that many of the jobs require at least three years of experience, or only a high school diploma/GED equivalent.

Employers who only require a HS diploma don’t want to hire a college graduate because they think that you will just leave when you find a better job, or at least a job in your field. And yes, of course that will happen, but this makes me wonder why we even bother going to college at all.

It seems like no one is willing to just take a chance on a young, willing college graduate. I guess companies would rather hire someone who has been re-using their same ideas since the beginning of time. Come on somebody, take a little leap.

I’m on the hunt, I’m after you…

you meaning the perfect job (whatever that is)

I’ve been job searching since March. For four months I’ve been searching for a job, any job, preferably at least somewhat related to my degree (Communications). I chose my major because I wanted to do something with advertising, pr, marketing, or something along those lines.

In my job searching, I have used plenty of job search websites, Monster, Simply Hired, LinkedIn, government job search engines, as well as directly searching for different PR/Advertising firms. There are plenty of problems with these methods, at least in my opinion. It also really makes me wonder how anyone ever got a job before the advent of the Internet. When using job search websites, you have to sift through numerous jobs just to find something even remotely similar to what you are looking for, while also watching out for the scam jobs that are posted everywhere. When you finally find something that seems promising, you often have to submit your resume via the website, filling out forms and copying your resume into a 2000 maximum characters box, which does not support any of the formatting you worked so hard on. I just have to wonder does anyone even ever get these? I have no way of contacting them, so I’m basically sending my resume into nothingness, hoping that someone will get it and like what they see.

Looking directly for companies is sometimes a little bit easier. I like to see potential employers websites, see what the employees mini bios say about them and the company, plus, of course, the actual layout of the site says a lot. There’s a problem with this though also, some companies don’t post their job openings, only an email link to info@companyname.org…so helpful, who do you address it to? We’re taught throughout college how to be professional, so we address it To Whom it May Concern, because who is going to be reading this email, do you put the president’s name? The person in HR? What if it’s a gender neutral name and there aren’t any pictures. There are so many confusing obstacles to get past just to apply for a job.

So, four months into the hunt and I’m still jobless because I’m under-qualified (so-and-so had a better internship than you), overqualified (just because I have a college degree), or my personal favorite – those professionals just don’t even bother to email you back.

My dad says just keep slinging mud, eventually something will stick. So here’s a fistful of mud coming your way.

First, when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream…

This is probably about the fourth time that I’ve started a blog. It’s not that I start things and never finish them. I usually get it all set up, maybe make one post, and then decide to delete it because it feels silly or pointless or stupid. I think, who is going to read this and what will I even write about? Well, this time the blog is going to stay put.

I’ve realized that there really are no rules when it comes to blogging. I can pick a new topic to write about everyday to follow whatever whim or fancy I’m feeling. I also realized that it would probably be beneficial for myself to start a blog. I recently graduated and am looking for a job (which is a lot harder than they tell you), my degree is in communications. I’ve told potential employers that I am able to write a blog, but why not show them that I actually can.

So here we are, blogging away, let the fun begin!