Still searching for employment?
Ya, me too.
As a recent grad, clutching her freshly minted diploma in hand, I had no dreams of stepping off the stage and dozens of job recruiters boisterously jumping over themselves to offer me THE job. Not with an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in May 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Couple unemployment rates with a staggering 1.65 million graduates in Spring 2011, according to USAToday, and you have too many people clamoring to claim too few jobs. Let’s not even mention the number of previous years college graduates still looking for work…
However, even with all of this, I wasn’t expecting to still be jobless almost two months after graduating. Definitely not in the life plan.
And, whenever I or you do seem to get a job in your sights that you feel perfectly qualified for…
You are smacked with the reality that there are hundreds of people behind you apply for the exact same position.
There were 4 million people pounding the internet’s synthetic pavement searching for jobs daily in 2002 (you can be sure that number has doubled by 2011), according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Once that number has sunk in, you pick your jaw up and prepare for the fight of your independent life to get the interview and then the job.
If you’re under the misconception that eh, you have time. I would advise you to think again. Class of 2011 is being referred to as the year of the most indebted ever, according to – everyone.
The most laughable of all of this?
I only know one single 2011 college graduate with loans that low – and it wasn’t me.
***UPDATE*** Since posting this article I have found work as the Public Relations and Digital Marketing Strategist for 5 Star Agency Inc.