Help Wanted: From graduation to gainful employment

Part-time to pass the time by Adam Clair
June 29, 2009, 3:55 pm
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Adam Clair

Adam Clair

I’ve been out of school and living at home for more than a month now, and the job market remains pretty sullen. I’m still looking, but I can’t rationalize sitting around all day at home waiting for a job offer.

Thus, I’ve taken a job in the marketing department of my dad’s architecture firm. The position (basically an intern) is not especially high-paid, and I’m not sure it’s a great use of my expertise or a place I’ll be able to gain many new skills, but I’m only committed for a few months. And since I’m living at home (and not paying rent or for most of my food), most of the money is saved. I had considered working in a bookstore or art supply store or something around my neighborhood, and while this is more of a commitment (40+ hours a week, plus, because I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and the office is in Center City, more than a two-hour round-trip commute each day), it’s probably a better resume-builder. It’s easier to find a job when you have a job, I’m told (daily).

In any case, when the job is up in a few months, I have several options. Provided there’s still work available, I can stay onboard at the firm, but in order to get raise and benefits, I’ll likely have to commit to more than a few more months at a time. If I decide against that (and given how far removed this job is from what I want to do longterm, it’s certainly a possibility), I can make a clean break and, if possible, work wherever else immediately. Or, I can just take another indefinite hiatus from the workforce while I make job-hunting my full-time job again. The last option I’m considering at this point is, with all the money I’ll have saved, moving cold to Athens, Ga., and working more intently on the book I’m writing about a group of musicians down there. Regardless, I have a few months to figure it all out. I do have to keep reminding myself that this is just temporary, though, that I’m only 22 and that I haven’t yet signed away my life.


Waiting for an interview by ayhosier
Alexis Hosier

Alexis Hosier

I still haven’t landed my first interview. However, I have sent out a lot of resumes and DVDs showcasing my work. Now the waiting game begins. When my phone rings I hope it is for a job interview. I am currently applying for jobs at television stations and random places that have nothing to do with the field I studied in college.

While looking for my first full-time job, I am also applying for part time jobs just to have something to do and to make some money. This seems to be the theme with a lot of the people I graduated with. We need money so we end up working at the mall or waiting tables. I am not opposed to working at those places, it is just a hard pill to swallow when in the back of my mind, I know I have a bachelor’s degree.

I have been looking for jobs at, Emmis Communications, NCAA, Indiana Broadcasters Association and other popular job search sites such as Hotjobs on Yahoo. I am finding a lot of openings for positions that require five or more years experience. The entry-level positions are harder to find, but I have found that if you keep searching through the Web sites sometimes deep within the sites there are job openings. It is like a scavenger hunt for jobs.