Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Problem with Job Boards

First of all I just want to say, “WOW!” Thanks for the great response everyone! I can’t even keep up with the traffic (special shout out to the visitor from Taiwan!).

I’m hoping that my blog really struck a chord with the people out there in my situation. Although, I have to say my excitement is mixed with sadness because there are so many people out there who can relate to this.

I want to address a problem I’ve been having with the job search. The internet is a great resource but I find the majority of job search websites only have openings posted for people with 3-5 years of experience.

Even when I entered on collegegrad.com that I had “less than one year of experience” I was shown an Advertising & Marketing Manager position that asked for 5 years of experience.  Am I the only one having a problem finding relevant job postings?

Please let me know if any of you have found a good resource for unemployed, recent college grads!


Frustrated…

So I’m going to go ahead and try this whole blogging thing. After the “Gay Girl in Damascus” fiasco I realized how much difference one little blog can make. Although, unlike the gay girl in Damascus blogger, I am actually the person in the “About Me” section and not a 40 year-old man.

I’m a recent college graduate living in D.C. and currently searching for full-time employment. I always imagined that after I graduated I would move to a big city with a decent entry level job and my own cute little studio apartment, but that’s not exactly where I’m at.   Right now, I’m crashing in a friend’s basement and I’m still looking for that entry level job.

I’ve been extremely frustrated with the job search lately and I know that many people around my age are in a similar predicament.  Unemployment is at 9.1% and one report by a Congressional budget organization says that our personal share of the national debt will be $161,000 by 2032. Those numbers make the future look pretty bleak for us 20-somethings.

I’m starting this blog for three reasons:

1. I’m hoping that my little blog could help make a difference

2. I’ve heard that blogging is therapeutic and I’m extremely frustrated with the job search right now.

3. Since I’m not employed full-time, I have my fair share of free time!

I want to use this blog to connect with other young people around the country so we can all share advice, information and help each other out. I feel that we are an intelligent and energetic generation and that, if we join together, we have the power to change our future.