I have not been able to post anything for a while because of some terrible writer’s block and the help of some sever depression of not being able to find a job. Now I realize that future potential employers will be reading this, and that is A-O-K with me. I have been told repeatedly by employers, “Your resume is impressive but you do not have enough experience”, or “Though I enjoy reading your writing, you do not have enough experience.” OK, I have had enough of the “not enough experience”; at the rate I’m going I will have no experience the rest of my life. I understand completely that employers want people with experience, but how is anyone suppose to gain this experience if no one gives them a chance? I was once told that it was better if someone didn’t have the experience, this way they didn’t have any bad habits, and the employer could mold them into what they wanted, well I say to that person….that my dear sir is Sheerest sophistry! Employers want you already molded with bad habits from previous employers.
I went to see a career adviser this week… and why do students go to career advisers??? Is it A.) Seek help finding a job B.) Find someone to tell them they are never going to find anything C.) Tell you Count Dracula is going to sneak in your room tonight and suck your blood, or is it D.) Both A and C? As much as I would love the answer to be A or D, the correct answer is B. Yeah that’s right, the reason why students go to career advisers as I found out today is to be told, “Well your getting your B.A in English and will be graduating at the end of this semester, but because you will be graduating you wont be able to find an internship, because most companies want interns still in school.” Then she continued to say that my best bet was to go on LinkedIn.com … Oh, wow! Thank you so much, I could have paid my mom to tell me I wasn’t going anywhere in life, thank you so much for the confidence. I want to know why schools put out these majors, have students pick them make them think they will have some sort of chance finding some sort of job, when apparently it is not true. I guess I missed the part where schools could care less about your future; they just want your money.
Now I know what everyone is thinking, “Well why would you pick English as your major, what could you possibly do with that?” My answer to that is; I picked English because I love creative writing, and when I was going to school they did not have Creative writing as a major till after I was almost done, also I love reading mythologies and learning where they come from, heck I love reading in general. When I decided to be an English Lit major, in the back of my mind I thought I would be able to find a job because all my professors gave me lists of employers that were hiring English majors. In addition, I want to be a professor one day, but it would be nice to have a job while I go to Grad school. I also realize that the only real job I had was working at a hair salon for the past 6 1/2 years, it did not work out because though I enjoyed doing hair, it was not my passion. I still have poems and stories that I wrote from 10 years old, writing is my passion, if it were not for my Sicilian Mother telling me to go to beauty school from the age 7, and because every Sicilian and their brother is a hairdresser I would have never done it. For once, I want to do what I want in life, and that is to be a writer and to be a professor (for mythology and creative writing.)
My point to this little rant of mine is not to beg someone to hire me, I want someone to see my potential and talent, and I do not want to be hired based on pity. What I am saying is that it would be nice if employers looked at an inexperienced candidate that they really like. If you really like a candidate and see potential, why not give them a chance, and give them the experience they need and deserve. Everyone says that you have to go through 300 rejections before you get an acceptance, why not be the 301, the one person that says, “I really like this person, I see them as a potential good employee, let me see what they’re made of.”
With that all said, have a wonderful day and may Zombies not eat your brains this coming up Zombie apocalypse.