Find a firm, form a cover letter, fix your resume, mail the package. Rinse and repeat. Ten months after graduating from law school and six months after passing the bar exam, I am still scouring for a job. The struggle and toil of cold calling and attempting to find a job board that has new posts has, at some points, become too much to bear. Yet, they say I am not alone.
Our generation comes from a time where if you work hard enough to get the degree, the light at the end of the tunnel is a job. This is the process – the American way for 80’s babies, if you will. The deal was presented to us as if these things called “jobs” were just passed out freely to those with high GPAs and a good work ethic. “Well, of course,” they would say, “if you get that degree, you’re sure to make good money.” Or, “Education is a valuable asset that no one can take away from you.” It seemed like a no-brainer. Take the deal, and the possibilities are endless. However, no one ever mentioned that there was no guarantee. They neglected to shed light on Plan B.
Although most of us would agree that our education is a valuable tool, we also sit back and think of how we can actually use this $150k hammer we keep in our tool box. If we won’t be hired, how can we practice our skills? “We need exercise; a chance to use our skills!” Lumiere, Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast. We need more than just the Monster.com’s and LinkedIn’s of the world. We want to break away from the pack, bust out our new tool belt, and go to work for people who need our services. As green as we are, we are eager and willing to take the blame for our mistakes and not just say we will but actually try harder than any other candidate out there.
Maybe a different action is needed where the old job searches become inadequate. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Possibly a face-to-face encounter or a prominent selling tactic of oneself to an employer who needs a bit more convincing. Whatever it is, we need to find it. Just as they sold us the packaged deal of “stay in school,” they never said it would be easy. That illusion was assumed between the high school classes and college applications – when life was a bit easier and responsibility alluded us. A new direction, a new job-searching journey should and will be voyaged. Just a thought from a graduate’s perspective.
- Cold Calling in Job Search – A Different Approach (theproactiveassistant.wordpress.com)
- SmartJobBoard Announces the Release of the New Version 4.1! (prweb.com)
- Make the Most of Online Job Boards (onlinecollege.org)