Job hunting

Posted: January 19, 2017 in Musings

I’m so depressed. But for once it is not due to pulling, it is just life in general.

I went to college and earned a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising and also minored in English. I worked my ass off in college to earn that degree. At one point I was taking care of my baby while working full time and going to school full time. I took a year off when my baby was born, and I know a lot of people don’t go back, but I was determined to finish.

I don’t live in a hug city, but it is not teeny tiny either. I think there are about 70,000 people here. So a few months before I graduated from college I got a degree at a local media company. I thought it was perfect, a job in my field right out of college. And it was for awhile.

Here’s the thing. I have now worked her for 11 years and I barely make more an hour than when I started. In fact, a few years ago the company took back 4% of our pay. I did not even know a company could do that. And no one has had a raise since. That was about 8 years ago. So many people have quit the company and either moved away or found other jobs. I’ve stayed for a couple of reasons. One being that I keep being promised things like bonuses, commissions, etc. Another is that I really like what I do and the people I work with.

When I tell people what I make an hour for what I do they laugh.

There have been many, many layoffs over the years, and every time someone is laid off their workload is distributed between everyone else. I’m not complaining about that, honestly learning all of these different things has been great because I now have many different skills that I would not have had otherwise.

But I know that I am never going to see a pay increase here. My boss is leaving in a few weeks, he’s moving across the state, and he’s always been very honest and upfront, so I asked him straight up if this company was ever going to give their employees a raise and he said no.

So over the past year or so I have been job hunting, definitely more so over the last few months. I have filled out dozens of applications and written dozens of cover letters, but I have not had one interview. Not one in an entire year. I expected that at first, after all this is a saturated job market, but not one interview in an entire year?

One of my good friends whom I worked with for many years recently got a job that pays pretty decent, enough to survive on at least, and she recommended I apply there. So I have, mostly for receptionist type jobs, but things that I am definitely qualified for with my degree and experience. Yet each time I wait a few weeks and then get one of those “You have great skills, but sorry” letters. I have applied there about eight times. Not one interview. I’ve also applied at several other places around town and it is the same thing. . ..

If I were at least getting an interview here and there then fine, at least that is something, but nothing.

Last Monday I received another one and it was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back. It really hit me. I cut myself for the first time in more than ten years. I promised myself I would never cut again.

Here is my predicament . . . I can’t stay at this job. I can’t afford to stay at this job. Prices keep going up and my pay has stayed the same for almost ten years. Prices are going to continue up.

But I can’t get another job. I have been trying and trying and trying and it’s becoming pretty obvious that no one wants to hire me. I have worked in marketing for several years, I know quite a bit of HTML code. I know Excel and Word. I have great customer service skills. I organize and teach at monthly seminars. I create presentations and marketing plans, I have office experience and am very organized. So why can’t I even get one interview? Not even one?

After my most recent rejection letter I asked myself if I should continue applying. I am getting tired of the rejection. I don’t get it.

So where do I go from here? I can’t figure out how to spend less, I have already cut everything to the bone.

I feel like such a failure, I am questioning why I even bothered going to college. So I’m stuck.

People keep telling me to keep trying, but they are not the ones who have gotten 20+ rejection letters. “Something will come up!” Hmmm, no. Not happening.

I’ve dissected my resumé in an attempt to find some glaring errors, and everything is spelled correctly. My work and education are there . . . references. I’ve had my cover letters critiqued and been told that they are great, so what is the problem?

I’m stuck.

  1. It is beyond frustrating to know you have the skills and know how but can’t even have an interview. Maybe you could subtly share your plight with one of your clients you have done work for to get on the inside track someplace?


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