All posts tagged: job search

A Guide to the Millennial Job Search: Making Opportunities

Originally posted on The Nonprofit Millennial.:
For millennials with their limited work experiences, looming student debt and conflicting timetables, it seems nearly impossible to find meaningful work these days. As a job searcher myself, I’m starting to feel this strain more than ever. But rather than falling into a hole of self-pity and despair (which is totally acceptable and bound to happen from time to time), I decided to take the words of Madam C.J. Walker – a hair-care entrepreneur and the first female self-made millionaire in America – to heart. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!” -Madam C.J. Walker So with this empowering message in mind, let’s talk about my new, Walker-inspired job search approach, and how its going so far. Changing my mindset: “It’s not you, it’s me.” A few weeks ago, it became apparent my job-seeking strategy wasn’t working. I was applying to dozens of jobs online with no responses from recruiters. The…

The Tall Tales of a College Education

Originally posted on julz speaks:
For better or worse, I am a millennial – one of the millions born between 1980 and the early 2000s. Having been raised by two hard-working baby boomers, I always knew that if I worked hard enough, I would go to college. My parents are from a generation where hard work paid off and college degrees lead to better jobs with higher salaries. They are part of a proud generation who wants more for their children than they ever had. Commendable goals indeed. So, to college I went. I spent the next 6 years (4 years for my bachelors and 2 years for my doctorate) in this strange world – a reality seemingly untouched by actual reality. “Work hard,” “get good grades,” “get advice from your professors,” “network network network.” My personal favorite… “Get your degree and a great job will follow.” I heard it all and believed it all. I got good grades. I was in the honors society, active in clubs and the class representative. Come my last…

Dear Anyone: Notice Me, Please.

Originally posted on Unemployed and Unenthused:
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t think any of my cover letters have ever been read.  I believe this to still be the case.  If they had been, somebody would surely have contacted me by now.  I can’t say that every letter has been 100% original, but I can say that each one has contained something that should make a hiring authority either want to know more or question my sanity.  Here are the excerpts… “Dear Martha Stewart (or appropriate hiring authority):” “Some people see life as an epic poem — a hero navigating trials and temptations, eager to please the gods but cursed with all the flaws of mortality.  I find these people insufferable.” “I recently finished a fourteen lecture audiobook titled A Way With Words: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Persuasion — presumably because I need more friends.” “Everybody hates a stylized resume that’s trying too hard — my apologies in advance for the wacky PDF I uploaded in lieu of a standard resume.  It’s just that…