Well it’s been a couple of months without a job now. I figured once I had my degree that I wouldn’t have to worry about being unemployed again. What I failed to realize that one of the first budgets cut at many companies are the marketing and communications budgets. It doesn’t help that I’m in the Metro Detroit area, an area with the highest unemployment rate in the country.
In the last few months, several public relations and marketing firms have either closed or been downsized. Because of the area being so dependent on the auto industry, so were many of the firms. When Chrysler pulled their account from BBDO, the ended up closing their Detroit and Windsor offices (almost 500 marketing professionals without jobs). Campbell Ewald recently lost their largest account, Chevrolet. So I wouldn’t be shocked to see lay-offs coming from them soon.
My first month or so was okay. It was nice to have my life back. I had been working over 50 hours a week for almost two years. But now I’m getting bored. My house has been organized. Papers have been filed. Pictures have finally been hung and scrapbooks completed. So I really don’t know what else to do with my time. I can’t do much, because I’m starting to dip into my savings, since unemployment isn’t even half of what I use to make. But I am amazed at how I’ve been able to cut expenses to live within this new budget.
I’ve applied for several jobs, each week I spend hours filling out these long resumes online. So far I’ve only had a couple of interviews and have yet to find a job. The market is so saturated right now. There are people with far more experience than me and willing to take less money right now. So it leaves people like me, just past entry-level, with not a lot of options.
So now I’m trying to decide if I should leave the Detroit area. It’s been the only place I’ve known for all of my life. But I may find more luck somewhere else. But once you’re unemployed, it’s hard to look out-of-state. It takes money and resources that I really don’t have since my savings is starting to go to paying bills.
Or do I take a job that’s not in my field. It has taken me so long to get my degree and I truly enjoy public relations and marketing, but I may not find anything in that area. A few people can find me some clerical jobs, but I thought once I had a degree I wouldn’t be taking phone messages for other people any more. It seems like this would be a delay in my career goals, but at least I won’t be dependent on unemployment and I would be making more money.