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Old 08-03-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Just scrolled through Indeed. Nothing new, just the same ole listings for positions that require 5-10 yrs of professional experience. Even positions that say "Entry-Level" want 2-3 yrs experience in the role. As a recent college grad, I am in a worse position than most high school grads, who at least 4 yrs experience entering data into Excel or answering phones. I'll be lucky if I can find a listing that might consider me. Of course, that listing will be getting blitzed by 1000 other college grads and I'll be lucky if I can score so much as a phone interview before not ever hearing back.

Why even try?

You have companies advertising on my university's job board for parking lot attendants and baristas. It's almost funny. And I'm not sure I believe this B.S. about how, even if I take a crappy job, my college degree will help me move up the ranks faster and I'll end up earning more in the end. I know people who graduated college a few years ago, took crappy jobs just to pay the bills and .... guess what .... they're still doing the same job. One of them has been working at Costco for a few years in the tire department. I know that Costco pays decently, but this is pathetic considering the fact that I got a job at Costco when I was in high school.

This is probably what I'll probably end up doing as a college grad:

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Old 08-03-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Costco pays well and is a job.

So, what is wrong with it?
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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Costco pays well and is a job.

So, what is wrong with it?
I was just throwing that in as an example of a college grad I know who is working a job he didn't need a college degree for. What's wrong with it is that he has probably $100k+ in debt since he went to a private school and is now working a job he could've got while not going to school and he'd be debt-free and have probably $100k in savings by now. I will feel like such a chump if I follow the same path.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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What was your degree in?
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:04 PM
 
Location: PHL
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Let me give you a quick run down what i have been though so far since graduation and perhaps learn from my mistakes


1) When the interviewer asks to set an appointment more then one week in advance or one week in advance. Ask if they have time to schedule something sooner. 9/10 the position would be filled by the time, either someone interviewed before you or an internal candidate.

2) Do not deal with staffing agencies. I know this is pretty bad advice but so far they are a waste of time to go onto one of their "appointments". There was one instance when I went to one of their appointments and several weeks later they called me back and say that said company was interested in my and said they would call back to set up an appointment. Well one week past so I've followed up, same thing. I waited another two weeks, follow up again, it all sudden reset it self back to I have just submitted your resume to the company and if they're interested I will call you back. After that point, I've realize the callbacks were nothing more then a database check. I could really care less, I just want a damn job and not have to deal with their bs.

B) Another time, I've dealt with a possible sociopath recruiter, she talked about all of the wrong stuff which other people have done and then she feed me an line of bs. I think that the job posting was perhaps fake. Something didn't quite add up considering the original job posting was on Craigslist. The agency has their own site where they post stuff on. Who knows, though. My experience with dealing with people has told me, if someone talks bad about the other candidates, chances are they would talk badly by me in front of other candidates - total sociopath

3. If the job doesn't seem quite right and you've applied for it and they call you back to scheduled an interview for it. Chances are you are not a good fit for the position and the job posters doesn't know what "entry-level" is. the position may actually requires some experience in that specialized setting. They may bombarded you with so many terms for that specialty.

4. The company's interviewer is an idiot or disorganized. One time I've applied for an entry-level position at a company and they called me back. The issue was it was for an management/medium level position - another position which they had opened. I have explained that I have applied for the entry-level position but they said that once my resume got into that person's hands it for the management position. So like an idiot, I went onto the interview - what a waste of time. The interviewer basically confirmed that he screwed up. I've never been so glad to have been turned down from a job in my life. Imagine working for someone that disorganized.

Anyways after all my rant, I now have issues becoming motivated when it comes applying for jobs. I have debt and a $8 job just wouldn't cut it. I would still be living at home indefinitely. Oh well, all I wanted to do is to succeed at something but as every day comes and goes it seems like my purpose is becoming more and more dimmer. Having people say "something will turn up" is cheap to me. Then you have people who truly thinks that it's strange that after an job interview, that the company would not call the person back again. When I am opposite of the person saying that, I really feel like a failure.

Sorry for my rant, I hope everything works out for you. It is tough out there and know where you are coming from/

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Old 08-03-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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The term "entry level" is now corporate speak for low wage/no future positions.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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What was your degree in?
B.S. Physics. My job history consists of a research project with the Computational Neuroscience grad program, a part-time job at the university's Physics study center and a paid leadership role at my fraternity.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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What was your game plan after graduation? What sort of jobs were you shooting for?
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Oh well, all I wanted to do is to succeed at something but as every day comes and goes it seems like my purpose is becoming more and more dimmer. Having people say "something will turn up" is cheap to me. Then you have people who truly thinks that it's strange that after an job interview, that the company would not call the person back again. When I am opposite of the person saying that, I really feel like a failure.
I know that feel bro.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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What was your game plan after graduation? What sort of jobs were you shooting for?
I didn't have a game plan, to be honest. Since I was depressed during my last two semesters of school, I sort of cruised through them and planned on applying for jobs once I was done with school. I'm a "STEM" major and I have basic programming skills, so I thought I could find something that resembled a career even if it was a low-paying starting job at a tech or research firm. No such luck.
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