The Job Hunters’ Story!

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Job Hunter never imagined that he would find himself at the end of a pier with his last hope of finding work floating off in a bottle to the horizon. After graduating from one of the nation’s top public universities, UCLA, with a degree in political science, he pictured himself beginning a successful career. He hadn’t expected that he would land the most interesting or highest paying position. Still, no one goes to college these days with the hope that he or she will end up watching daytime TV on a regular basis.

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He  spent his time at UCLA preparing for the outside world. He had internships in congressional offices, political action committees, non-profits and even as a personal intern to a successful venture capitalist. These weren’t the run-of-the-mill office internships; he worked in marketing, press relations, research and analysis. Additionally, the Mayor and city council of his hometown appointed him to serve on two citywide governing bodies, the planning commission and the open government commission. He used to think that given his experience, finding work after graduation would be easy.

At this point, however, looking for a job. He recently counted the number of job applications he had sent out over the past year — it amounts to several hundred. He  has tried to find part-time work at local stores or restaurants, only to be turned away. Apparently, having a college degree implies that he might bail out quickly when a better opportunity comes along. In the meantime, he has kept himself afloat working various odd jobs when friends and family need an extra hand.

It seems that often, his age and experience are doomed to fail him. He once drove more than 400 miles for an interview, only to meet with a manager who complained for more than an hour about why he doesn’t like hiring recent college grads. It wasn’t until he finished his tirade that the official interview began. And trust me, that wasn’t my only ill-fated foray into the world of interviews. He was once invited to interview at a boutique financial services firm. After he spoke with four different individuals regarding the position, he was asked to sit down with the managing director. As it turned out, the firm only invited him to come in hopes of gaining an introduction to the venture capitalist that he had interned with over the past three years. When he did not offer the introduction they sought, he was told he would not be offered a job position.

It takes a great deal of effort to remain optimistic after receiving a litany of emails from employers stating that their hiring needs have changed, positions have been canceled or filled, or the company has decided to hire someone with years more experience for an entry-level position. It is now clear, that it might take more than a few months to find work, a luxury he cannot afford.

At this point, the best thing he can do is persevere. He has realized that getting frustrated will not get him anywhere, but that continuing to press forward will. These are difficult times and he is not the only one in this situation. He will always have that far off dream where his bottle washes ashore on Richard Branson’s private beach…still, he feel he has a better chance of finding a job the old fashion way.