(Closed) How are graduating bees doing in the job search?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Not to rain on your parade, but it’s tough out there. 🙁 It took me three months, and even then, I had to take an AmeriCorps VISTA position (pays below poverty level, one-year commitment then you’re back out looking again). What industry are you in? Regardless, GOOD LUCK!

Post # 5
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1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am freaking out. I want to work for the federal government, and all of the sudden, hello sequester! Everyone has totally frozen hiring, except for upper level positions I am nowhere near qualified for.

Post # 6
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816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@misskittenn:  Well I’m in marketing too, and there are some great opportunities with small and midsize firms if you can get in. I recommend going to networking events, and have you done any internships? If so, contact your former supervisors and ask if they know of anything. I was lucky enough to have one supervisor who kind of took me under her wing and helped me find the current job I have. Hopefully after this, I’ll have enough experience to be out of that dreaded “entry level” category. If you ever want someone to read over your resume/website, I’d be happy to do so!

@arabbel:  The sequester is making it crazy hard for new grads… hopefully if you hold out for a couple more months, things will improve. I’ll send good vibes your way!

Post # 8
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@misskittenn:  I feel your pain! I’ve applied to so many jobs the past month and I’ve only gotten automated responses saying thank you for applying application is under review. I need a job to be able to move back to my hometown. Hopefully you hear something soon! Do your parents know anybody? I’m talking with a lot of my parents friends about jobs and they have all put my resume in with their employers as well.

Post # 9
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259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@misskittenn:  I am in nonprofit marketing (and I do graphic design). It’s a tough market, especially in the for profit sector. Have you thought about starting in the nonprofit sector first? Yes, the pay is lower, but you can also expand your skill set pretty quickly.

Post # 11
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259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@misskittenn:  Yes they do. Also, if you google your “state’s name” + nonprofit association, you can possibly come up with a site that continually posts nonprofit jobs. For example, California Nonprofit Association leads to calnonprofits.org

Post # 12
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I graduated in December 2012 with bach in business. I have yet to find my :grown up” job. I am currently a student assistant and I guess I can’t complain bc I am working… but I need more money and health care. I live in Michigan where the jobs are far and few between so in the mean time I am working on my post graduate degree and applying for any and everything I qualify for.

Post # 13
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3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FI and  I graduated last May. We spent the whole summer job searching and both landed jobs within a week of each other at the start of August. I searched from about March to August, it was a long process, and I went on about 10 interviews. My best advice is personalized cover letters for every position you apply for.

Post # 15
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3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@misskittenn:  FI only went on 2 interviews about a month apart while I was getting on average 1 interaction (email, phone interview, interview) per week. He actually got his job first and I got mine about 4 days later. He was a bit bummed because he was looking forward to having a housewife for a bit. Oh well, I make more than he does :P, though he is catching up now that he got promoted and works a ton of overtime.

Since I’m a research scientist I made sure to mention in my cover letter all of the lab skills that I had that they put in their posting using their phrasing. I found it frustrating to be rejected because an HR person/algorithim didn’t know that for exp. gene modification is the same technique as transformation. If you use their phrasing it will pass their search algorithims better.

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