I hope you guys can hear me out. I'm the last person to explain personal problems online, but I'm in a $hit hole right now. I don't want to be cliche and tell you guys I'm one of the millions unemployed and seeking a job, but that's what my story is. It's been 7 months since I finished my MBA in Marketing Strategy (graduated in May 2012). I knew it would take a few months to find something in today's age, but as the year comes to an end, I'm getting really frustrated and worried.
I spend on average of 6 hours a day applying to jobs. I have applied to over 1500 jobs since May. My cover letter and resume folders on my desktop contain every single job I applied to and it seems I add to it everyday. You know what the sad part is? I have a previous Masters in International Relations (hey, I got it for free from my university) that I've started EXCLUDING from my resume. I found that employers are getting turned off my applicants with too much education and that possibly it was working against me. So as of September I've applied with my BA and MBA only. Still...no luck
I have my up days as well as down days but it seems the recent trend has been more of the latter. This is holding everything back...I want to get engaged and move on with my life but I can't without having started a career. I'm applying for entry level jobs too and I still can't get something!
The biggest let down was this week. Two companies I interviewed with called me in for 3rd round interviews over the course of the last month and this past week both of them decided to go along with someone else. I did everything right during those interviews. I brought with me previous MBA projects that were in line with the nature of those positions so show them I knew my stuff. They led me on by telling me my chances "looked extremely good". They told me they would get back to me by a certain date, which was 3 weeks ago, and I heard from them this this week.
I've been networking, I've been active on Linkedin, I've been using all the popular job search sites. I've been doing everything right. I've been "open" as far as salary goes, I've told employers that I'll relocate, work weekends, take less pay, etc. Yet, it seems my friends with basic 4 year degrees have gotten jobs much quicker than me (no work experience too). What gives?
I'm looking for something in strategic marketing but am open to finance as well. Does anyone in the Northeast work in the corporate world and if so, can you let me know if there any openings where you work? I'm in NYC but am open to relocation, but nothing further south than the DC/Virginia area. Additionally, I'd relocate as far north as Mass/CT. Any help is GREATLY appreciated