Recent Graduates Seeking Jobs: Tips for Finding Jobs & Getting Hired

This topic doesn’t fit in with my usual posts about do-it-yourself sparkly projects, fashion guides or LGBTQIA activism, but it’s one that’s near and dear to my heart. Because I am a recent graduate, and I was recently on the job hunt.

If you’re like me, you like stability. You like the feeling of knowing: when this step is over, I have a plan for the next step. You go to college directly out of high school, and to graduate school directly after college. You don’t like taking time off, and you don’t like uncertainty.

But the job market is anything but certain. And with all the recent press about difficulties faced by recent graduates looking for jobs, all of us are more than normally anxious about the process.

That’s why I’m here to offer some honest, truthful tips for my fellow recent graduates. I’ve been out of school for a little over a month, and I’ve had 15 job interviews and 3 full-time job offers. My resume is still floating around out there to the point where every few days, without fail, I’m contacted by an employer or a recruiter about an interview.

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Meet the Owner of DamiAnimation, a Visual Arts Blog

I knew of Damian Alexander, who also goes by Dami, before I really even met him. I found his blog, DamiAnimation, while I was searching for my university on the blogging platform Tumblr in the hashtag ‘WSU.’ I was unaware that Damian was a transfer student in my year. I just thought his artwork was beautiful, and I enjoyed his movie reviews.

Fast-forward two years, and I finally interacted with Damian in person. We both became members of the campus literary journal’s editorial board. I was the Fiction Editor and he was the Layout Editor. Soon after, we started taking a course together called The Freelancer, based on learning about freelance writing, editing and design work.

I had a chance to sit down with Damian in the art studios of Parenzo Hall, where he was finishing up some work in his sketchbook. I was able to look through a proof copy of his children’s book, which he is looking to get published, called I Want a Kid and I Don’t Care. It was wonderful to sit down and get a look inside this artist’s mind, especially from the perspective of having read his blog for several years now.

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