It’s hard to keep from panicking knowing I only have a month left before I’m out of a gig. No matter how many applications, emails, clips and resumes I send out, it seems like I’m getting nowhere.
My approach is apply for everything I’m qualified for. I can be picky about accepting offers after I’m offered an offer. These aren’t as location-specific as they seem, but for those of you looking to go to Europe/UK, check the Guardian Jobs page.
Besides making accounts for these sites and checking them once a week, I’ve been emailing past Oregon colleagues. That Ethos editor who wrote me a letter of recommendation when I applied to Flux? She broke into the industry a few years ahead of me and is keeping an eye out. So are some older (than me, I mean) reporters at my workplace, as well as some contacts I’ve generated by constantly asking for HR emails and sending people my resume.
So far, I’ve only heard back from one start-up who wants to pay me $0.50 a word to freelance. In New York. That’s 45 chef reviews a month to pay rent. Very affordable, let me just go pack.
But don’t get discouraged, read all about how millennials can’t get jobs and check out this lovely chart about how we’ll never really catch up anyway 🙂
Boomers who have 6-week program certificates make more than millennials, the most educated generation, make with 4-year degrees. Oh well, it’s how the world is. Count blessings: at least we’re American, with degrees and a lot of debt — no! Think positive, don’t do math about loans.
Do our best with where we are, what we have. My new strategy is to apply outside the media field, get paid and just freelance, write or blog for awhile. It’s an Ok start, and we’re so, so young.
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