Job Schmob

March 3, 2009

I’ve just spent the last 6.5 hours sitting at the computer applying for jobs online. My eyes are tired and dry, my back and neck are killing me. But that’s beside the point. I mean, isn’t it amazing that you can apply for a multitude of jobs now without ever having to leave your house! Pretty soon, the world will find a way to function efficiently devoid of ANY human contact or communication.

Anyways, I applied to many communications and magazine positions in Toronto that are way above my experience level, but you never know right? I’m a serious wishful thinker, but I’m also a firm believer that if you don’t put yourself out there and set yourself up for rejection, you will never find success. A wise man once said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Good advice Bobby Kennedy.

I, and many others like me, am facing a double whammy currently. It’s not a great time to graduate with a journalism degree… Not only is the economy in a downward spiral, but the journalism industry isn’t faring so well with or without this murky economic climate.

Corporate concentration in the newspaper industry mixed with questionable business decisions are resulting in near-bankruptcy for said corporations (cough, Canwest). This certainly doesn’t bode well for these corporately-owned newspapers.

Not only that, but with the rise of the internet, online media, and bite-sized consumer news as found in Metro newspapers, many papers are finding it hard to compete. Their readership is going down therefore their revenues are going down. Add to that the fact that in response to the economy, companies are cutting advertising budgets, which accounts for about 80% of newspaper revenue, and print publications just can’t afford to hire you.

Despite all of this, I am remaining optimistic and hopeful (perhaps delusional?). I sent out about a gazillion trillion resumes, and they say that for every 100 you put out there you will hear back at least… once. Oh man I’m screwed.

My back-up plan: I have created a profile on an Au Pair website…. a summer spent babysitting some kids on a beach in Australia or California sounds pretty good right about now.

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