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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Graduation

So, it's now the middle of May and I am officially graduated.  That's right.  Graduated.

I feel like I should have something inspiring to say, but to be honest, there are a whole lot of people who are 50 times more excited by this whole thing than I am.  I should be happy, but I'm not.  I should feel relieved and accomplished, but I don't.  I don't LIKE this being graduated thing at all.  I'm not ungrateful and I appreciate my education, but let's face it people.  I NEED A JOB. 

For over a year now, I've been applying to jobs online and in person.  The results have been dismal.  Not only is the search for a job that you're qualified for insane, but pickings are terribly slim.  Because things are so lean, if you get called in for an interview, something silly like whether or not you have a car will determine if you get the job.  It sounds ridiculous, but it's true.  To be hired for a 20K per year job with minimal benefits, they want you to have a laundry list of qualifications, including a college degree and 4 years of work experience.  For 20 grand per year.  That won't even begin to make a dent in most people's student loans. 

I actually had an interviewer ask, "So, how do you plan on getting to the training?" and when I responded, "I'll take the metra or CTA," the interviewer responded, "Well, we really prefer our employees to have a car.  To hire someone without a car would reflect poorly on the company." 

So, not only do they want to hire a skilled person for something less than a living wage, but they also want you to have a car.  The job market is tough, but i need a job.

Do any of you guys have any suggestions?