- Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider
Rowanberry : this is NOT meant to chastise you, but rather to present a statistical analysis, of sorts: with 1.5 years of clinical experience, it took me about 1,000 job applications over the course of five months, two months worth of dressing up in a suit and personally handing in my resume to offices, and two interviews before I landed my dream job. my “actual” first professional job was in a temp agency, but when I had just about given up, on a “real” professional job, I started looking around at grad programs, and interviewing schools (it was a good power play, requesting to interview them to see if they were good enough for me). my temp boss had remembered something unique on my resume (working with First Nations populations), mentioned it to the head of Public Health, and he offered me a job in my school interview. I had near zero of the experience he needed, but he liked my passion for the project, and thought I had a good head for numbers (I correctly calculated the sales tax on a book in my head during the interview).
– 40 resumes is underexposed.
– networking is major. if you don’t want to/can’t leave the house, there are TONS of online forums, fo’ free, that you can use to get in touch with other professionals in the area. offer to shadow them. ask who’d hiring. ask for advice. WB is awesome, and I’m so glad you reached out, but we are not your professional community. talk to them, too!
– contact companies in your area that hire people like you, and ask if they’re hiring. not all jobs are posted online. write to say, “I admire your company because x, and I would love to work for you someday. I think we could be a good fit because y. Please let me know if you have any openings in the future.” I’ve gotten a job offer this way.
– gender studies: awesome, especially with translation, and in LA. and FINNISH. and QUEER (sorry if this label offends, I’m lesbian identified and use queer as well). and you’re HYSTERICALLY FUNNY (in what I find to be an endearingly self-depricating way, but hey – I was raised by Swedes and Jews). these are all GREAT, and stand out. I get it, you can’t put “gay” on a resume, but I can only imagine the amount of work for charities, LGBTQIA-oriented programs, and social service type stuff that you might qualify for. branch out!
– re: LGBTQIA, have you tried shaking your local lesbian phone tree for leads? I can’t tell you how many apartments/jobs/dates/yard sales I have wrangled for that part of my community, and they have wrangled for me, in turn.
you’re not a loser. go get ’em!