A funny thing happened as I was creating a page for excerpts from my book, Always Be Job Hunting. I realized I hadn’t posted as many excerpts as I had originally planned. So I’m correcting that in the next few days by posting excerpts from each chapter.
Chapter 2: Getting a First Job
Even after 36 years in the work world, I clearly remember what it was like to look for my first job. I remember like it was yesterday because, as a journalist, remembering things is what I do for a living. And because I have been filing away job-hunting lessons ever since. In a very real way, I have become a professional job hunter, which is why I’m writing this book, to share the fruits of my learning with you.
Back in 1975, I was job hunting in the midst of a horrible economy, just as so many, including my own children, are doing today.
While job-search technology has dramatically changed in the nearly four decades since, you can still learn lessons from what I did. Combine the lessons with today’s tools and, hopefully, you’ll land that first – and next — job.
I graduated from Marquette University in spring, 1975, a time when the country also was reeling from a recession. Despite getting a few interviews, the possibility of finding a full-time job seemed dim. Besides the economy, I also had to deal with some stiff competition in a popular field. My hoped-for profession, journalism, was flooded with people like me who wanted to change the world.