On the Job Hunt: Part 1 [Confessions of a Twenty-Something]

Well guys, I graduated! Finally! It took me a little longer due to an emergency heart surgery I had to have a few years ago, which led to me taking a bit of time off from school, but after all the recovery and summer classes and independent studies, I did it! So now what? I’ve been having some lazy, hazy, crazy days of nothing for the past two weeks, and I’m already starting to feel like I need to get into gear. So the job hunt begins!

I’ve realized that applying for jobs is a full day task. Each application takes about 30 minutes, plus inserting cover letters and references. These applications are insanely thorough and since I’m an anal psycho, I go through each page ten times to make sure there are no typos or mistakes that could cost me an interview. It’s definitely eye opening to see how much time this takes. It’s not something that you can half-ass or do while watching Workaholics. It takes focus and time and diligence. And thankfully, those are three things that I will also need when I enter the workforce.

The Internet has made it quite simple for a person on the job search to find listings. Sites like Monster and Indeed have made it so simple to find exactly the kind of jobs that you’re interested in applying for. All you need to do is type in the kind of job you want and in which city you’d like to do that job. You’ll automatically get a bunch of hits with companies’ descriptions of the job posting. Last week, I spent the entire day on Indeed applying for jobs. I have heard back from one of them, and sadly, it was a rejection (not enough experience). Instead of automatically getting discouraged and feeling like a loser, I am understanding that this is just all part of the job search process. Nothing is going to fall into my lap. Nothing is just going to happen for me without some hard work and sweat. Each day that goes by that I don’t have a job, I feel more and more motivated to get my ass in gear and find a full-time job.

In the meantime, I’ve gone back to the gym on a regular basis, color-coded my closet, cleaned the entire house, put up all the Christmas decorations, and learned how to make a chocolate éclair cake. While all of those things are well and good, I know that I’m just trying not to die of boredom.  If I have to wake up another morning with post-it notes all over the house from my mom telling me what to do while she’s at work, I might go crazy. It’s all about keeping busy and doing the most that I can do. I know networking and shaking hands with people who might be able to slip me an opportunity or two is very important, but I also am prideful. I like to do things on my own without help from others. It would be ideal for me if I could proudly say that I got my first job on my own with no connection and no help. Though we’ll see how long that outlook lasts because I’m not sure how I’m going to feel (or how my bank account is going to feel) after the holidays.

So, this is the first installment in a few (hopefully not that many) that will focus around my quest for employment! Wish me luck!

Katie is finishing up her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity! Or read her personal blog where she talks incessantly about Ryan Gosling and hummus here!



    1. @jesszalesk says:

      So exciting! Where are you looking? NYC I hope!!!

    2. Kristi says:

      Good luck finding a job! I've been searching since September for something in the food industry. The experience catch-22 is what is getting me and I hope you have good luck overcoming it. I've moved back home as well and I do dishes and other assorted chores every day to "earn my rent" with my parents and babysitting has become my source of income. I definitely feel like I'm back in high school and I feel your pain with the job hunt.

    3. slw says:

      I used a temp agency that found me a full time temp to permanent gig in less than one month and now I have worked there almost two years. But I majored in accounting, so that probably helped. I do think temp agencies are helpful. Make one resume and they find you interviews. They only get paid a percentage of your pay if you get hired so they really try to find you something. I had no relevant work experience out of college.

    4. I know a guy who was constantly getting rejections. But like you said, he didn't let that get him down. In fact, after every interview he asked for feedback on exactly how he could improve. After 5 months, he finally landed a job that had him earning £30,000 (the average graduate wage here is £15,000). Perseverance & a willingness to learn from past mistakes is key!

    5. wilkinsbkmnqj says:

      my buddy's step-aunt makes $79/hour on the computer. She has been fired from work for seven months but last month her pay check was $14622 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here's the site to read more

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