Networking when you just want a &%!#^*@ job
June 19, 2010 7:08 AM Subscribe
Okay, so I didn't "dig my well before getting thirsty." Now what? (Vent Warning)
posted by anonymous to work & money (14 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I'm the person who wrote this entry: http://ask.metafilter.com/156359/How-to-cope-with-a-soulcrushing-job-that-no-longer-pays-the-bills
I've decided to focus on getting a better job for now, but it's been hell on earth trying to find entry level work either in IA (or UX design, whatever you want to call it) or technical writing. I've met some people and exchanged contact info, but most of the time I never hear from them again. Of the ones I have kept in touch with, they tell me I'm doing the right things by building up my portfolio, attending events, and even getting involved with local groups online and off. And yet I can't get a position for the life of me. I'm also very frustrated when I come across internships that are limited to those currently enrolled in degree programs. The last thing I can do is take on a certificate program/second Masters with the debt I'm currently swimming in. I'm working with the skills I currently have and I'm always willing to build them up and also learn new things.
WTF? What kind of song and dance do I need to do to show that I can do the work and also learn on the fly if need be if I was just given a chance? Do they just not care about helping out a rookie (since they have *their* jobs post-recession, after all)? I'm trying to maintain a positive and non-desperate demeanor when I'm interacting with others, but my frustration and anger is getting more and more difficult to keep on the DL. Are there any other related jobs a want-to-be-former librarian can take immediately? I just need to get out of the nightmare that is my current job, and breaking into these fields is taking too damn long. Why is this a cakewalk for others but not for me?