The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

My (What Feels Like) Endless Job Search

Holly Lipovits

Posted on June 24, 2020 14:30

5 users

Since March, I’ve been applying for jobs like crazy. But ever since COVID-19 made its entrance, I feel exhausted and a bit concerned for my future.

As a Creative Writing and English major at Southern New Hampshire University, my time as an undergrad will come to an end this December. My goal is to work in the editorial department at a publishing house, but unfortunately, that is extremely competitive. And I really do not feel like relocating to New York (as that is where most of the publishing houses are).

I talked to my career counselor on the phone back in March expressing my exhaustion and worries about finding a job. He informed me that this is normal as there are thousands of people like me feeling the exact same way. I did not, and do not, want to feel this way, however. What surprised me is that he actually recommended me applying in March, the earlier the better he said. I was skeptical to do so as it did not make sense for someone to hire someone 9 months before they graduate, but I did so anyway.

As the months went on, and the constant writing of cover letters continued, I decided to take a well-needed break. I shouldn't worry whether I will find a job every minute of every day; I'll drive myself crazy! Mind you, I still continue to search the many job websites such as Indeed and LinkedIn

I understand that it is hard right now due to COVID-19, but even before that, it was still a struggle for us English majors to land a position upon graduation. While searching, I've seen positions that require a minimum of 8 years of experience within the field, such as copyediting. I'm only 23 years old and have switched majors multiple times before pursuing English. How am I supposed to have that much experience? And how are college graduates supposed to have that much experience prior to graduating? 

I have a pretty solid resume filled with four internships at publishing houses working as a copy editor. And I even received a one-year extension as "Assistant Editor" with The Latest. With these, I feel that I have gained valuable and transferable skills and experiences that will only illustrate how great of a candidate I am. While I would absolutely love to work at a publishing house, I am not limiting myself to those kinds of positions. I am expanding my horizon and applying to financial companies and magazine companies in need of an editorial assistant or copy editor.

And while I may be worried now, I don't think I will be forever. After the current situation subsides, maybe more opportunities will arise and will gradually lessen my worries. I will still continue to apply for positions, just not every single day, filling out over twenty applications. I'm even figuring out how to revise my resume and cover letters so they're as perfect as can be.

I know my time will come, and I will give it my best.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on June 24, 2020 14:30

Comments

comments powered by Disqus

Liana Chavez was halfway through her freshman year at Cal State Fullerton when she and three sorority sisters signed a lease...

THE LATEST THINKING

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest