By Job Hunter | November 20th, 2008
Monday: 10 a.m. I receive a text from my cousin informing me of three reporter openings in my area. The positions are at two newspapers I interned at while in college and I’m certain I made a good impression at both. I e-mail my cover letter, resume and clips immediately.
4 p.m. A local publishing company I blindly sent my information to a few weeks ago finally responds. According to the editor, my creativity and persistence will get me far. Just not now, with his company.
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. My former college professor returns an e-mail I sent her, begging for advice. In short – PR is the devil. Stay on the light side with journalism, no matter how poor you are.
3 p.m. My first student loan payment arrives in the mail.
Wednesday: 12:30 a.m. Facebook’s newsfeed alerts me that two of my college alums, who worked on our student newspaper with me, have landed amazing industry jobs in large markets.
1 a.m. Change Facebook work info to –
Employer: Best Publication in the World
Position: Creative, Ingenious Writer
Time Period: Now until forever
Description: My job is better than yours.
(At least I’m not bitter.)
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. The editor of one of the newspapers I sent my information to on Monday returns my e-mail. Unfortunately, other applicants have more experience than I do, so she can’t hire me at this time.
11 a.m. NYTimes.com News Alert: 240,000 U.S. jobs lost in October.
Friday: 5 p.m. My friend, who graduated college with me, calls to make plans to go out. Dinner, drinks, cover, cab fare – I pass. Damn business majors.
8 p.m. Eat ramen noodles while reading Literary Journalism: A New Collection of the Best American Nonfiction by Norman Sims and Mark Kramer and dream. For dessert – the classifieds.