While the economy shows glimmers of growth, the job picture remains bleak. Corporations and agencies are waiting for definite confirmation of an economic recovery before adding headcount, even in cases where current workloads would support additional hiring. As a result, more college graduates under the age of 27 are unemployed than ever before. Job seekers can no longer be picky about jobs they find acceptable.
The New York Times produced a compelling video tracking 24-year-old twins Katie and Kristy Barry, who have been looking for jobs in New York since they received journalism degrees from Rutgers in 2008. The twins’ story underscores the need for Millennials to get any job and use it as a base from which to look for a more preferred position. I predict Katie and Kristy will land jobs soon thanks to their aggressive job search efforts and their good fortune of being featured in highly-viewed video about their career search.
Any job search requires tapping and expanding your personal and social networks as well as spending several hours a day online. Some fellow bloggers like Heather Huhman and Gordon Barnes share job leads that cross their desks. Gordon this week provided his fourth major recap of DC-area job openings, while Heather tweets daily about job openings and compiles them into a handy once-a-day LinkedIn update.