Since I bartend, most of my weekdays are wide open. I generally sleep in until 10:30 a.m., and even then, I have to force myself out of bed. I make my way to the couch, get on this here laptop and begin my daily search for regular employment. (Nothing against bartending, but I’m ready for a big-boy job.)
I go to idealist.org, a search engine for nonprofit jobs. I go to nikebiz.com, because I’m a dreamer. I avoid monster.com and careerbuilder.com, because it’s essentially a hodge-podge of listings from companies like the U.S. Army and Kaiser Permanente — neither of which I would enjoy working for. Craigslist.com provides few leads, but I keep after it anyway.
Every site seems to want the same thing: Someone with experience, 2-3 years minimum. This (I think) has created a huge void in American employment, and it’s my generation that’s suffering the most. I pool myself with the 20-something-recent-graduates who have amassed record debt due to rising tuition costs, yet have fewer options than ever.
Where did we go wrong? We went to college. We put in the work. We got the degree. What do we get in return? Outstanding financial aid payments and serious lack of job leads. So much for The American Dream.
I’m going to keep my nose to the grindstone until something shakes out, but as an English major, my outlook might be more dire than most. Here’s hoping I can fool someone into hiring me. The sooner, the better.