Pounding the Pavement

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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.

The situation leaves me hunting like a fiend for any opportunity in the field of communications. The dream? Digital journalist – online, social media and more geeky possibilities than I can comprehend. Willing to take – anything. I applied to be a desk clerk because they allowed me to do some copy editing on the side.

Sigh.

And, whenever I or you do seem to get a job in your sights that you feel perfectly qualified for…

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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.

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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 historic figures of debt 2011 graduates on average accrued: $22,900$27,200.

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.

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My Senior Goodbye @The_BV

It is customary for graduating senior editors to write a goodbye editorial as their final sign off from The Bona Venture. Here is my published attempt at a goodbye to one of the greatest influences on my journalism career to date.

I’m not very good at this.

The whole writing about myself thing was never my strong suit. I’ve never splashed myself across the pages of The Bona Venture with any lessons learned. I’ve never mentioned a personal detail or a life lesson which imparted words of wisdom in an editorial.

Words of wisdom?

Please, I’m still trying to figure out Internet banking. I’ve called the bank’s service company for my password at least eight times this semester.

Not to mention cleaning my room and doing laundry typically count as real accomplishments for a day. I even check it off the to-do list to feel like a champ. Nothing more exciting than crossing that s– off in a vibrant lime green highlighter.

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Digital Media Education Dedication

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I remember a time when the tools were just there to be used without purpose or strategy. That the conversation alone was sufficient. Now, strategic measures are necessary to promote messages and information along the inter-webs. Introducing new tools, new messages and new methods to communicate the news or to market your brand.

Two way conversation between consumer and producer – through tools such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and video – are beneficial and necessary in today’s current communication’s world. To build connections, consistent posting and interaction are key to build my professional brand.

In pursuit of a greater brand image, I’ve developed my Twitter account, bought my own domain name brand, jkumor, and increased posting frequency. I’ve learned how to link articles and create video shorts.

Digital media has become a new venture I am happy to facilitate as I travel through the world of communications. I’ve attained the skills and knowledge to pioneer the tools strategically for whatever company or news organizations I work for in the future.