Got Job?

June 2, 2010

I graduated from Clemson University in May 2009. Since I was unsuccessful in finding a job, I opted to do a public relations internship in Greenville until December. My fiance graduated from the same school in December 2009, and we decided to move to Huntsville, Alabama in search of jobs. At the time Huntsville seemed like a great place to start. We had heard that the cost of living was fairly low and that there was a great job market. My cousin works as an administrative assistant at a large company on the arsenal in Huntsville. She gave me the email address of the same person who hired her, and I have emailed him weekly since January to see if there were any available positions. I got so close to obtaining an administrative assistant job there. I got to go in and take the Microsoft Office exam, which I passed with flying colors, and I even got to go interview that same afternoon. My family, my fiance, and I had such high hopes that this would work out. My uncle said that obtaining this job would be a great way to get my foot in the door of a government job and that I could easily soar up to a great job using my Communications degree. However, a few weeks after I went in to test and interview, I received an email saying that the position I could have obtained was not going to be receiving any funding. Therefore, the position was completely terminated. Admittedly, I was pretty upset, but my hopes were kept alive by my family and my fiance (they’re always really supportive). My cousin kept informing me about positions that were opening up, but every time I’d send that weekly job inquiry email, I’d get the same response that nothing new has opened up. Then one day last week, I received an email saying they were going to be on a hiring freeze until September, which then changed to October. I was pretty upset, considering my hopes for a position at this company was one of the major factors in moving the Huntsville. My fiance has been having an equally hard time finding a job as well. He, like me, got as far as having an interview, but never heard anything back. The interviewer said that he would call even if to say they didn’t have anything available. I guess that was a bold-faced lie, since we have yet to hear back from him almost a month later. We’ve been using careerbuilder, monster.com, usajobs.gov, craigslist, etc looking for some sort of job other than a waitressing job or retail. I’m currently looking for administrative assistant and receptionist jobs. I KNOW I can do a great job, and I’ve always gotten really positive feedback from previous employers. I’ve even had one supervisor start crying on my last day because she didn’t want me to leave. It’s just disheartening to know that I can do a great job, that I’m a great worker, but I can’t show anyone because this economy is so terrible right now! And I know my fiance is a hard worker; he has great people skills, and he’s very knowledgeable in his field. I hate feeling like all of our hard work we put into getting our Bachelor’s degrees was for nothing (which I know in the long-run it won’t have been for nothing).

Right now I’m enrolled in the Kaplan University Post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate Program to, as you may have already guessed, get my paralegal certificate. My sister took the same course a few years ago, and she said she really enjoyed it. I’m hoping I like it just as much, and I’m going to put my all into this course so I don’t let my mom down, since she’s kind enough to pay for it. The process of enrollment and registering for classes seemed like it could have gone smoother, but I’ve got my deposit paid, and I’m signed up for the right classes, so I’m satisfied. It’ll be refreshing having something to do again.

Also, my fiance and I went to Randstad this morning to see if their staffing agency could help us find jobs. The woman we talked to just gave us her card and told us to create profiles on their website and they’d contact us if anything opened up. She said they currently had some administrative assistant jobs open, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something comes of it. There have been many frustrating days in our quest to find jobs, but I’m very grateful for everything that my family and my fiance’s family have provided us. And I’m especially glad that I have the support of my fiance (and that I can support him too); it really helps me get through the jobless days.

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