What’s Next?


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.

Don’t forget to check LinkedIn and re-read chapters 1 and 2 in the TDTCIC book.

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.

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This would be my NY apartment.

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 🙂

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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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My NY roomie.

Julia Rogers

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8 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. No way! 50 cents a word is insane. I guess you’ll have to stop writing contractions! But I thinks it’s smart how you’ve actually been using your networks to find a job because I think some of us get scared to contact people we haven’t talk to in a while. I also love how you told us to stay away from looking at our debt! I took a peak during junior year and nearly had a heart attack. Thanks for the post Jay!

  2. This is an awesome post. I have been really nervous about applying to jobs because I’m leaving for 6 weeks to travel after graduation and I don’t know when the time is right to start reaching out! I’m happy to hear your taking advantage of your connections at work and networking as much as you possibly can. Also, that’s crazy about .50 cents a word! Are you thinking of moving to NY?

  3. simonemyers says:

    I can’t believe someone offered you a job for .50 cents a word! They can’t play with your life like that!! I really am shocked about that amount lol. But in all seriousness, I applaud you for all of your efforts in finding a job.You’ve been putting yourself out there, and you definitely will get offered a position (hopefully for way more than .50 cents a word!) 🙂

  4. We talked the other day in my office about making a living as a writer. One conclusion we came to: you have to take any writing job that pays well enough to make a living. Some of the senior editors in my office have held freelance gigs writing things like: neighborhood guides for a real estate company, marketing writing for random products and technical writing for a zoology program. Keep your head up and your freelance ears open and I know you’ll be successful! You’re driven, professional and a great writer!! Don’t let all the negativity surrounding job opportunities get you down girl 🙂

  5. pdxsx says:

    Everyone starts at the bottom, Jay. If you are passionate about what you do, work hard and really create the best product possible, the money will come. Maybe not tomorrow or next week, but I promise it is out there. Most people take ten (10!) years before they find the right career. Working a job is what you do as you get to your career. You’ll be great.

  6. hansonlauraj says:

    I can’t help but laugh at the sarcasm and panic in this post: you sound like me! Don’t be afraid to take some chances. For example, I just landed a retail gig at Nike in the hopes that I will meet someone who can recommend me for a long term job in corporate. While moving to New York and living in a closet sounds like fun (not!), sometimes we have to take baby steps. I believe in you! And I’ll definitely send you a message on FB if I hear of anything that might interest you. 🙂

  7. davidhamernick says:

    Sounds like you’re already doing more than a lot of soon-to-be college grads. Instead of partying like it’s 1999 (when we were 7 or 8,) you’re actually keeping multiple tabs on openings in your field. The fact that you’re utilizing your network is also impressive, and that’s something to be proud of. I’m with you on the whole NY thing– I would like to movie there at some point but I feel like that will be far down the line once I’m making a comfortable salary and can afford a tiny square of living space. I’m sure you’ll find something you want to do, just don’t settle for anything you hate and get stuck in it, that’s worse than being broke.

  8. This is a great post! I’ve been getting a little nervous about this as well. I can’t believe this experience is coming I an end already! I really appreciate this post and enjoy all the links you put for us to check out! 50 cents a word that’s insane! That’s awesome you’re thinking about moving to the east coast, I love it there! Thanks again for the helpful tips and best of luck on the job hunt!

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