I have been job searching hard for about 4 months straight and haven’t found anything. 2-3 applications per day. I’m a recent communications graduate and I’m feeling incredibly burned out and hopeless at this point. I’m doing everything right. I’m qualified for these positions. Yet none of my work is paying off at all. I would have been better off taking crappy pay freelance work the past 4 months instead of wasting all of my time on custom cover letters and tweaking my application for each job. It’s gotten me nowhere. It’s obvious that these companies are not hurting for applicants.
At this point I feel like I’m almost better off starting some kind of business from scratch than hoping to get hired by someone else. It’s useless at this point. And now I’m “overqualified” for most administrative positions, I’m even getting turned down for receptionist jobs because they probably assume I will leave the position for something better. I have work experience in my field, I have a prestigious internship under my belt, still nothing. It’s so hard to pretend to be passionate about these random job listings to muster up enough energy to apply, knowing there’s a 99% chance I’ll be rejected anyways. It’s embarrassing because people assume that if you are unemployed for a certain period of time, that there’s something wrong with you. But in reality there’s nothing else to do, it’s almost entirely out of our control.