It has always been hard to be a young person looking for work. The Economic Policy Institute reminds us that people under age 25 have historically experienced around double the general unemployment rate. This means, though, that when something like the Great Recession hits, we experience a disproportionally high rate of joblessness. I approached the task of finding a job with true energy and excitement, and struggled to maintain that passion for three years. It began to feel like a fevered and foolish grasping.
College graduates tend to flock to cities with other young college graduates, which means San Francisco, New York, or Raleigh, N.C. where there's "booming technology sector and several major research universities," so cities like Dayton in Ohio are trying to figure out how to lure more graduates.
Unlike a lot of recent college grads who are job hunting right now, and sending out resumes and cover letters to what seems like an abyss, I was a fortunate young college graduate who was asked to go in and interview for many of the jobs I applied to. Coming out of college, I did not get most of the jobs I interviewed for, but I learned a lot about what employers look for during the interview process, and the main thing I learned was that everyone expects different things, so you have to be prepared for anything.
There was exactly one time when I was a candidate for a position that asked me to come in for more than two interviews...
Job interviews are becoming more like first dates.
If you have more than two or three different versions of your resume, you are doing it wrong.
I’ve been hearing for my whole adult life how important networking is, and when I started doing writing projects on recruiting and hiring a few months ago, I found out that it wasn't a joke.
The daily hunt for a new job is exhausting. After a long day at work, it's tough to trek home and then hop on the computer to scour Indeed.com or Idealist.org for the latest postings, all while eating leftover Pad Thai. Enter: The Recruiter.
Interviewing for startup companies was an interesting experience because I was used to wearing a suit to all my interviews, and the places I met with were a bit more casual than that.