Hey guys, I've posted about more specific issues on this before, and I got great advice here. I figured I should come back with some broader issues that I'm facing.
In August of 2014 I finished a master's program at the University of Chicago in the social sciences, focusing on political science. My undergraduate studies focused on similar themes, and I have had internships that involved local politics such as dealing with constituents or organizing around specific issues. Beyond that I have volunteered throughout my college years at my church in a social media/outreach capacity and for short term events such as food collection. I realize that other than being involved in politics and social justice, my resume is all over the place.
However, I have had difficulty getting even an entry level position. I am now entering my 5th month since graduation, still unemployed, with my first student loan bill coming in towards the end of February. I know that others have had to search for jobs much longer than I, but I am panicking that I have heard back from only two organizations, both of which ended up going with other candidates.
Recently, I have started contacting recruiting agencies, and have interviewed with one focused on nonprofit work. I have been refining my LinkedIn and trying to connect to anyone I have worked with. While my main focus is on finding work in social science research, I am also open to organizing, outreach, and general nonprofit opportunities. Of course, I am also interested in any opportunity where I can use my skills.
However, I do not know what more I can do at this point. I basically spend my days on NPO.net, idealist, indeed, and LinkedIn, applying to anything I am remotely qualified for. As well, my mom may be able to get me a meeting with one of her former employers, who offered to look over my resume and cover letters.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. What alternatives should I have lined up if I don't find work in the next month? What else can I do to improve my chances at getting a job? Where else should I look for opportunities?
If anyone has been in my specific position, or is even in the Chicagoland area, please let me know if you know of anything I can do to better my chances! I wasn't sure if I should post my LinkedIn here, so you guys can get a better idea of where I am currently. If so, let me know and I'll link it here.
Just a side note: I am focusing on Chicago due to financial reasons. My mom is by herself and cannot manage the bills on her own. I would like to at least take care of some of her costs. Ideally, I would rent my own place, providing my mom with some help. I am worried that the costs of moving out of state would make our short term financial situation much too difficult for her.
Thank you for any advice.
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