OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Sunday, April 13

#6317

QUESTION: To those graduating, do you have a job lined up? I'm graduating with an Arts degree and so far I haven't found a job. I'm doing another degree (fast-track) in September and I'm willing to do anything in the summer to make money, but so far no one has called me back for a job yet. I've tried employment agencies but the only one with a job is offering me work in a meat factory. I've applied at Wal-mart & Target a month ago and I haven't heard from them yet. I've also applied for some analyst-type jobs and I haven't heard from any of them. Should I be calling them to follow up? I'm going to be depressed over the summer if I don't have a job. What am I doing wrong?

17 comments

  1. I'm going to comment on this before anyone starts an arts faculty flame-war.

    Don't panic, and believe me- these things take a lot of time. Sometimes its just a geographical thing and there are more jobs in other places. Try that and maybe work away from home for the summer. I commuted for an hour, so sometimes you have to make sacrifices. A lot of people don't find jobs even within a year, so you just have to keep applying and applying. Also, take use of the Jobmine system. I heard that graduates can also use it as well and maybe use it to do a four-month work term and whatnot.

    And if you've done co-op, maybe contact your past employer and see if you can go back and work for them for the summer. Its only April and usually employers don't start contacting you until May-June (ish). Keep positive and really take use of the Tatum Centre. You may be a graduating student, but that doesn't mean you can't use the resources right now. Write bomb-ass cover letters and tweak your resume. Also try and do some volunteer work that could help fill in the empty gaps if you don't have a lot of work experience.

    Don't worry! I believe in you. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "the tatum centre"

      we should have a channing tatyum centre at UW

      Delete
    2. Tatham Centre. My bad, lol.

      Delete
  2. Don't give up! It is still early if you are looking for something just for the summer.
    I was in your shoes last year, I did a series of internships at my old school each summer, and because I was moving to UW, I didn't have the regular school internship to fall back on.

    I applied at anything and everything and heard nothing. I was rejected from retail jobs (guessing because I had been out of retail for a number of years). Then, all of a sudden I found a job at a non-profit organization. It was a new job and I got to help them shape my responsibilities and wage. Good things come to those who wait! So just keep applying!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Honestly, I would suggest that you ask someone to look at your resume. A resume that doesn't flow well can cost you the interview. If you don't have a lot of work experience, list any clubs or extra-curricular activities you have done and explain in your cover letter how your experience relates to their requirements.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I really worked on my resume. One of the recruitment ladies at an agency commented on it and said it was pretty good. I'll still get someone to look over it.

      Delete
  4. Hey y'all, finding jobs is pretty tough. I've been looking to get a job lined up for 4 months now (mech eng related) and the most I've heard back after ~75 applications so far is "We apologize, but the candidate we are looking for would be someone that's been working for 5-10 years in [insert really specific subsection of a really specific industry here]," despite not mentioning that on a posting at all. I have had about 4 interviews so far, but they tell me pretty much the same thing after the interview, so I'm really not liking my chances over the summer.

    Your best bet is to talk to people you know, see if they can get you an INTERVIEW (not a job, never ask for a job straight up). You might actually make some headway instead of throwing your resumes off into HR departments' garbage bins.

    May the odds be with you. Force be ever in your f...fuck it.

    Good luck. You (and I and all of us) are going to need it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you tried the Hamilton area? There's a crapload of companies there that probably have some openings (ex. Dofasco, Taylor Steel, Algoma Steel, Baycoat, etc.). I know the area looks like an industrial palace, but I'm pretty sure they hire often.

      Delete
  5. Don't work for the sake of working. Work a job that is in your field, or will help you get to your field.

    ReplyDelete
  6. talk to people talk to people! networking is very important

    ReplyDelete
  7. I read an article in the past that waterloo is the second most difficult city to find a job in all of Canada. We have to many educated people in competition for jobs with all the universities and colleges in the area. Also alot of people come to school here and stay here so this adds to it. Your best bet is to not be afraid to commute or move and look elsewhere for employment.

    ReplyDelete
  8. McDonald's is waiting for your application.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel like this is a troll post, but it's good to see some really encouraging comments.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OP: nope, not trolling.

      Why do you think it's a troll post?

      Delete