I hate being unemployed. Hate it hate it hate it. The boredom is bad enough by itself, but when you add frustration, depression, and insomnia, it becomes downright soul-crushing. They always told us that networking is the key to finding jobs, but they really never tell you how to do it.
Well, guess what? I’m a recent college grad. I have no network in the real world where all the jobs are. Nobody out here knows anything about me. It doesn’t matter if my professors thought I was one of the best editors they’d ever seen. It doesn’t matter if one professor told me after the final that I could have been teaching the class instead of taking it.
And to make things worse, there are absolutely no jobs being posted right now. Even if I find something, how do I convince them that I really am what I claim to be? My last boss never seemed to realize that I had real work experience before graduation, even though it was right there on my resume. Apparently she thought it was all a bunch of extracurricular activities or something. Well, guess what? They may have been part-time campus jobs, but they were real jobs that required real skills and real knowledge.
I can do a hell of a lot more than just proofreading, but now I’m afraid that no one will really believe me if I tell them that. My last boss hired me despite my perceived lack of experience, and she seemed to think that I needed a lot of handholding and micromanagement. I don’t want any more of that. I want to find a job that’s fitting. Is that really so much to ask?