#niadiaries vol.1 – post-grad job hunting blues

I’m frustrated dawg. Like, I’m more than frustrated. I’m confuddled. 

Call me naive, but I never expected the journey to making my first post-grad career move to be so ridiculously discouraging. I feel like I’m doing something wrong, but I can’t pinpoint what exactly that is. It seems as though there are rarely any jobs that are popping up in my field, at least where I’m at locally. My official qualification (that

My official qualification (that thang that my transcript will tell ya) is that I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in English. Basically, words are my thing. I’ve been applying for different marketing (primarily internet-based) types of jobs, but no one’s hit your girl back up yet. I even applied for a job as a librarian (which oddly, I really wanted so I was tight that they never got in contact with me) That leads me to believe that there’s something wrong with how I’ve been going about it. Either there’s something wrong with my resume, or something wrong with the cover letters that I’ve been dropping like mixtapes at all these companies and what not. I will figure out what’s wrong though; maybe I just got to get another pair of eyes to look at them.

I had a job interview the other day at a local department store. It was my first one in about a year, so I was ridiculously nervous. I dressed up as much as I could to combat how nervous and nauseous I was, so I wore a dress that resembled this NY&C one (Thank You Auntie!!!). I brought my resume; wore my “It’s Time for Business” wig, and slicked down my edges to match it. I was ’bout it ’bout it.

The interview went okay. I rambled a lot and didn’t think I made much sense. Like usual. But, I had an interesting convo with the woman who interviewed me about my actual career goals. I think she knew that I didn’t want to work at a department store for the rest of my life. She told me she’d hire me on the spot if I really wanted the job. (Which I didn’t really get cause I thought I did terribly but hey I try not to block my blessings). She said she didn’t want me to be at that job forever if that was the case. She also told me that the job wasn’t really full-time (as the posting had previously stated), and the pay wasn’t that great. Like, really not that great.

What she said made me think, that maybe I should give myself a bit more time to find a job that fits me better. Is it bad to say that I know (or at least, have an idea) of my worth and I feel like I’ve worked hard enough in college/high school/life and I should be compensated accordingly?

I’m blessed to be in a situation where, at the moment, I don’t have to put myself in a position that I don’t want to be in. My parents still think I’m kind of an okay person, and they haven’t thrown me out the front door like Uncle Phil did to Jazzy Jeff.

I’m trying to give myself another month to look around, pray about it, and hopefully stumble into a position that’ll fulfill me and also aid me as I try to make these adult-ish steps in the next year or so.

But after that time, I’ll probably just throw myself to the wind and take whatever I can get my college debt-ridden hands on. Being broke is just not the business. But, A$AP Twelvvy said it best…

Any tips for the finding jobs in the communications/internet marketing/literally will write anything for you field? I’m open to all suggestions/links/kind words fam.


14 thoughts on “#niadiaries vol.1 – post-grad job hunting blues

  1. Try your social circle and strangers you meet. Make a point to let everyone know what you are looking for and state your credentials.
    The best advice I can give is to never give up. It took me 10 years to get my dream job, but those years were not in vain and polished me for the position I’m in now.
    I’m sure you will find something sooner, than later. Keep ya head up!!✊🏾

  2. Good for you for being strong enough to wait for the right thing. Life is too short not to love what you do. Now yes we all have to hustle at things we might want to but if you’re in the position to wait it out then good for you.

  3. I know it’s a hard finding a job, especially when you have something specific in mind. My little sister has been out of school since May and is still looking as well. I’ll tell you what I told her. You can get a job even if it’s not exactly what you want right now (at least it’ll pay the pays and keep you from being broke). But keep looking for what you really want. Once you find that, you can move on. Don’t get discouraged though.

  4. Go to networking events in your area! Join professional associations that are in your major or in a field that interests you! This was super helpful for me.

  5. Loving this post because you’re living my own experience as of like one year ago. Keep trusting God and doing what you can and things will fall into place. As a fellow English Major with a journalism background..I feel you, trust! Feel free to contact me, I love your content. <3 Prayers and blessings your way. – Tiffany (tiffanytrawick.com)

  6. Girl. I know exactly what you are going through. I got my BA in English and I have a lot of mass communication experience. I applied to a million and one jobs and eventually, I got one as a Brand Ambassador for the state. It was cool and I met some amazing people. Eventually, I lost the job, but I am doing so much better now. I say look at sites like upwork and see if any of your favorite mags are accepting pitches. I love @writersofcolor on twitter- they are ALWAYS posting stuff.

    If you wanna get to the money, try starting up a writing consulting business and offering your services to people in your community. I was a tutor, and I was paid $10 an hour in college. But since you are post-grad set your rate and make that money!

    https://www.brit.co/shop/catalog/beginners-guide-to-creative-freelancing_41216/ <<< Check out this class. If you are passionate about writing and being an independent BADASS woman, take freelancing seriously. If you LOVE writing then push to make your own money. Sometimes things are slow at first because you have to get over the fear of putting yourself out there, BUT keep pushing.

    I know the post-grad struggle so well! I send you love because even when it seems like nothing is happening, the perfect opportunity is headed your way!

    If you need any more advice on post-grad life, hit me up : hello@soulfeminist.com

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