Introducing another weekly column in which I coerce my employed friends into giving job advice.
Major: Political Science and Human Rights
Current City of Residence: Brooklyn (we go hard)
What I do all day: Trying to assist low income clients that are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure by matching them with pro bono attorneys to represent them in court.
What I would rather be doing all day: Actually helping those clients. The banks place every possible obstacle in the way of a fair resolution – it makes me want to hide all my money in a mattress.
Resume claim to fame: It never made the cut, but I worked at an ice cream shop for a month one summer. I fantasized about the job as an 8 year-old and from today’s perspective, it had the best perks of any job so far.
Where I found this job: Idealist.org – though when I first applied I never heard back. Turns out they were prioritizing candidates that could start immediately and I was not in that catagory. It wasn’t until I attended a job fair, tracked down the HR rep, found out they were opening up interviews again, eagerly offered her my resume, then over-eagerly followed up with an email, that I got an interview.
Why they hired me as opposed to hundreds of other overqualified Ivy league grads: My boss claims that she was impressed with my cover letter, but I just think they were sick of having to interview people.
Best part about being employed: Not having to donate my eggs to pay off debt.
Worst part about being employed: “It’s 7 a.m. already? Didn’t I just go to work yesterday?”
Heartfelt advice to your jobless friends who may have been freeloading off of you for months: If you have free time while looking for jobs, volunteering is always a great option– you’ll have a padding for your resume, experience in the field is always a plus, you can network with the people you work with about other opportunities, and your time and energy would be going to a good cause – not that rewatching this while sitting by yourself at home isn’t a good cause.
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