30 Thoughts All Communications & Liberal Arts Majors Have When Applying For Jobs After College

1. I just graduated a week ago. What do you think I’m going to do with my life?

2. I have good grades and a great degree. Getting a job should be a no-brainer.

3. No offense to Avenue Q, but what do you do with a BA in English?

4.  What if I don’t get a job? I guess I can go to grad school.

5. More school? No way.

6. Time to update my resume.

7. What is the point of a cover letter?

8. I need a paid position. All I see are unpaid internships for college juniors

9. Got a phone interview, yes! Time to brush up on my speaking skills.

10. Made it to the in-person round! Wait, I need to update my wardrobe.

11. Off to Loft and Banana Republic I go. This working world wardrobe is too overwhelming for my tank-top-and-bandage-skirt life.

12. Hair, makeup, clothes—check. Deep breath, ready to go.

13. The application says I need references. Maybe I should reach out to that Econ professor.

14. What do I say to him? I hated the class, but still made it through.

15. Okay, now comes the hard part: waiting.

16. They said “they’ll be in touch.” What does that even mean?

17. It’s been three weeks and I haven’t heard back. Maybe I should just give up.

18. I’m smart, wonderful and qualified. Why wouldn’t they hire me?

19. Ok, enough sulking. Back to the grind.
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20. One day this will pay off. I WILL get a job!

21. Mom has a connection, I should probably reach out to see if I can get ahead of the pool.

22. I was captain of the flag football team. Doesn’t that show “leadership”?

23. All my business-major friends got jobs in November. Why is it taking me so long to get a job?

24. And what is with this complicated application process?

25. I swear, it seems like I’m applying to college rather than getting a job.
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26. And in no way did college prepare me for this whirlwind adventure.

27. I’ve lost count of how many applications I’ve sent out.

28. Somebody just hire me already!

29. *Repeats steps 7-10 for what seems like eternity. The blue shift dress is now my go-to “interview” dress.*

30. FINALLY HIRED!

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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