A Millennial’s Road to Adrea Rubin Marketing and the Ever-feared Job Search – Part 1

graduate-no-jobsIt was May 2014.  I had finally completed all my education.  Elementary school was behind me.  High school was a distant memory.  Undergraduate school was the past. Now, finally, graduate school was over and done with.  Needless to say, I had spent the majority of my 25 years in school.  I loved school, learning and thrived constantly on gaining knowledge.

I had heard the horrors from many millennial friends about the job market.  I, personally, did not believe this would affect me.  I had won two First Place Gold ECHO Awards from Marketing EDGE (a nonprofit organization devoted to the education of future marketers) so I could say dELiA*s and Domino’s executives had both taken solid marketing advice from myself as well as my teammates that year.  I was well connected; my graduate professor had taken me to many Direct Marketing Club of New York luncheons.  I was optimistic.  I thought I would be in more demand than an umbrella on a rainy day.  The optimism of my youth kept me pursuing the perfect job.

I must admit that that I was wrong and disillusioned.  While some millennials can and would find jobs quickly, odds were not in my favor.  A CNBC article stated, “44 percent of recent college graduates are underemployed.”  It also said workers over the age of 50 were three times more likely to get hired than a millennial.   I was joining that underemployed group.  I now understood when friends had complained to me about their job search.  When I told one close friend I was searching, he said to me, “Get used to it.  Took me 7 years.”

There are common sayings that I began to hear.  Most of these sayings have some truth to them.  “They want experience, but how do they expect you to get experience?”  “Job searching is a full-time job in itself.”  I would like to add another saying to this list.  It is one you have heard many times before.  “Talk is cheap.”

A great amount of my time was spent networking.  I went to various events, which I had found via meetup.com, LinkedIn, or a marketing organization’s newsletter.  I wish I kept a record of every business card I’ve received from someone who promised they would introduce me to someone at another company, help me find a good job I would have a huge amount of data that I could potentially have sold to a future employer.  I did not keep this data.  I didn’t let empty promises discourage me too much.  I realized that all it takes is one good job, one good connection, or one good lead.

The resource where I spent much of my time was the “dailies” (as I learned that they were called in the recruiter business).  “Dailies,” if you are unfamiliar with the term are daily job aggregators.  Most jobs that would pop-up there were garbage.  They were just tedious to scour through.  When  I would find a good job listing, I’d have to fill out a whole questionnaire of information that I had filled out a million times before on a million other applications in order to likely not hear back.  And there are plenty of them every day.  Mind you, that I have not even been here at Adrea Rubin Marketing a month and my folder labeled “Indeed & Job Dailies” in Gmail is at 777 unread as of today.  I’ll take a huge pass.

In Part Two, I will discuss more positive aspects of the job search and how I finally arrived here at Adrea Rubin Marketing.  Thank you for your readership and interest in my professional journey.