Any luck with finding a job?

As many of you know, I graduated college in May. I was fortunate enough to already have a job lined up before this past Thanksgiving. However, many people that I graduated with were not able to have the same luxury. The job market at the time was on the downs and unemployement rates were continuing to increase. The ability for a college graduate to secure a good (well paying, benefits, vacation, decent hours, etc) and not just some job at the local restuarant flipping burgers. One of the areas that I know some of my friends had trouble finding jobs in was marketing. They may have graduated with a degree in marketing (overall/general marketing studies), sports marketing, or any other special area but were having problems finding a job that was suitable to them. Some looked into hospitality (hotels, resorts, conferences, etc), some looked into sports teams and franchises, and others went for the more normal businesses in the local areas. However, no one was interested in taking a sales job…it was like a sales job was the absolute bottom of the barrel for someone that wanted to be in marketing. From all that I have read, heard, and seen sales jobs are great places to start out. The keyword there is to start out.

If you can find a decent sales job that you can excel at and get experience, then you can continue to look for another job that better fits your criteria. But, at least you are 1) working, 2) making money, 3) not wasting time, and 4) hopefully using your education. I tried to stress these points to some of my friends who were having harder times than others. However, they would not give in to a sales job (even when pretty good offers came their way) and they are STILL looking for a job — 5 MONTHS LATER! Now with the economy being in an even worse condition than before, I will guarentee that they are still unemployed even without talking to them.

One of my fraternity brothers moved to the Chicago area and has been struggling to find a job that fits his needs. He is lucky that he had some money saved up from working throughout college and his parents are able to help support him while he continues to search, send resumes, submit applications, and go on interviews. I recently came across a website called Chicago Sales Jobs. I instantly thought of him and sent him the link.

The site is great – although it is similar to the other job listing websites. Being focused on a specific geographic area allows for a better variety and more opportunity to target the right audience with the website. This website reminds me of the fact that you can not only focus on the larger career/job sites like Monster or Career Builder, but you need to look for more geographically focused or niche/industry focused sites that relate to exactly what you are looking for. Specific job sites usually allow for the companies to post a longer description of the position and may even offer a wider variety.

So, if you are in the Chicago area, check out Chicago Sales jobs, or if you are also still looking for a job and graduated in May, or graduated after summer classes, or are going to be graduating in December keep up the search, expand your horizons for the search methods that you use, and keep your head up! You’ll find something!

Are you guys having any issues like this? More and more students are graduating each semester with college degrees and it is making it more difficult for others to find jobs. Perhaps this is the perfect reason to start a dorm room business while you are in school so you do not have to worry about getting a job when you graduate?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of the job market and the challenges with finding a job after graduating.

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5 Responses to Any luck with finding a job?

  1. YoungMoneyTalks October 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    So true! For some reason, college students tend to look down on sales positions and I think a lot of that has to do with the unrealistic expectations that a lot of recent grads and current students have in regards to their career growth. When I graduated college a few years ago, I certainly experienced this, but learned that sales is actually a great way to hone your business skills, even in the retail sector. Plus, if you’re good at it, you can make pretty good money for a new grad and branch out to other areas of a company. For example, many large companies like Starbucks and Nordstrom have a promote from within policy. Therefore, if you want to work in fashion marketing, but you can’t get an interview in corporate, why not start out on the retail side? First jobs out of college are never perfect, but they should always be learning experiences.

  2. Chris October 14, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    Kate – that is an excellent point. You have to start somewhere in order to make some headway and get some experience. I’d say most company would prefer to promote from within rather than have to hire someone from the outside, train them more, and then deal with other added expenses of hiring a brand new employee. Just because you are in sales (cold calling, retail, comission based, whatever it may be) does not mean you are stuck there forever..unless you are really good at it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Gritz October 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    Good article, Chris. One of the toughest parts about toughest parts about being a recent grad can be coming to terms with the fact that sometimes you have to start at the bottom. Kate makes a great point in saying that if you can’t get your “dream job” right away, why not work in a peripheral field or position so at least you gain access to the knowledge and contacts that can help get you there. If you can’t make a living as an artist, work in a gallery and become a weekend warrior! Starting at the bottom (and by bottom I mean “intern”) is also necessary in publishing, as many magazines and news organizations hire for assistant positions internally from their intern pool.

  4. Chris October 15, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    That is a great follow on point Gritz! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed if you are not already.


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