It 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.