I am angry, irritated, frustrated, and…just downright mad.
I’m 21 years old, a senior in college graduating in December with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management. I have strong social media management experience. I have ample experience in that field as well as public relations, CRM, and marketing experience.
I’ve worked several different jobs that have taught me so much and have supremely added to my skill set.
BUT NO ONE WILL FUCKING HIRE ME.
I am a member of a Facebook group for marketing/media/PR jobs in my region and I have applied to ALL of those, as well as similar jobs that I’ve found unrelated to the group.
None of them ever reply or get back with me. This is so so so so frustrating.
What doesn’t help is that I am a millennial, technically, though I don’t feel that that’s an accurate representation for me; and so many people put my generation down. There are many reasons that they do this and I can completely get behind some of those. But others, not so much.
For example, I’ve been told to get out and “walk the pavement” to find a job. “Get out and go meet your employers IN PERSON. That’ll get you hired!”
No. It will fucking not. It will most likely get you a frustrated manager somewhere who will impatiently ask you if you applied online and if not, then to go and do that.
But it won’t get you a job.
Example #2: When employers post job listings online looking for ‘recent college grads’ but IN THE SAME SENTENCE ASK FOR 2-4 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD!
Excuse me, Mr. Employer, but I don’t think you know what you want. I, however, am a young, eager, energetic, and responsible recent college grad WHO HAS SOME EXPERIENCE BUT NEEDS A MOTHERFUCKING CHANCE TO GET MORE.
I could EASILY turn into the best asset in your business but you’ll never know that BECAUSE YOU’RE ASKING FOR A CANDIDATE THAT DOESN’T EXIST IN THE FIELD YOU’RE IN!
Have some reasonable expectations and you might have a better business with more enthusiastic employees.
Example #3: People feel that millennials have a sense of entitlement.
NO. (Some of them do, sure, but there are a few rotten apples in every bunch).
We just want to do great things and get paid for it. A huge percentage of us went to COLLEGE (see: drive, ambition) to become more skilled in the fields of the things that we love! We want JOBS, not HANDOUTS. We want to WORK to EARN money to PAY OUR BILLS and support our families.
I spent about two months job hunting and applying all over the area for all kinds of marketing and management, media, and PR positions and if they even responded, they sent rejection letters or notices. So I decided to just look for part time work. Maybe two part time jobs or an internship. NOTHING.
I applied at Dick’s Sporting Goods for APPAREL (unboxing, folding, and hanging clothes) AND GOT A REJECTION EMAIL. It stated that I was not qualified for the position. I just stared at it thinking, “Well, fuck…”
I was at a pretty low point then so when I got that, I just sat in my vehicle and cried. Then I called Mychal and cried some more. I got it all out and then I was pretty bitter and decided to give up the search.
Then one day on a whim, I was discussing homework and exams with a classmate of mine who works at a local car dealership and I asked him if he knew of anywhere that was hiring. He told me that the dealership he’s employed at was looking for an evening receptionist, so I jumped on the chance and that’s where I’m at now.
But I started looking for more jobs in my field earlier today and I just got so heated when I found that eight of the positions I’d applied for had still not been filled. Jobs that listed detailed requirements and qualifications that I EASILY met!
So I came here to rant. If you made it this far, I appreciate your dedication.