Editor’s Note: Athena Losier of Spring Valley is one of six bloggers working with The Journal News and LoHud.com as part of our Jobless Recovery series. The 12-part series examines the job market and the impact unemployment has had on the Lower Hudson Valley. As the region climbs out of the recession, some sectors and businesses are expected to grow. Read more at LoHud.com/joblessrecovery.
Hello!! Glad we finally met again!
I hope you’re having a pleasant week! My week was very productive. On Wednesday, I started the spring semester at Purchase College. This semester, I decided to take advantage of my resources — something we all neglect to do. You have to work with what you have. I chose courses that could help me with my job search. Many professors who teach at Purchase College work in the industries they focus on in the courses they offer. They can definitely show me the ropes. And that’s what I call true networking!
Last week I promised to share a website that I use for my searches. Excelle.monster.com is an excellent source. For one thing, it provides advice about interviewing skills, tips on body language, and networking!
I have received one phone interview. A phone interview is very different from meeting in person. I did not have an opportunity to have eye contact. Eye contact is important very important! I love eye contact because it gives me a chance to see if the employer is interested in hiring me. Still, the interview went well. I’ll definitely will keep you posted! I am a strong and dedicated individual — it may not be today or tomorrow, but I will find a job in my field.
What I find very mind boggling is that it would seem employers would rather hire someone with experience than someone who has a college degree. Think about this for a second. What do these employers think we’re doing all day? We, as students, sit in long lectures, write papers and purchase and read expensive textbooks. After we graduate they should be eager to hire us — we have experience! One of my professors who owns his own company stated that he would rather hire a recent grad who received Cs than a perfect student that received all As. He gave the class interesting advice. He told us to take chances. And that’s what I intend to do.
This week I am looking forward to going to class because I am going to network! I am going to look in my textbooks for information that could help me with my job search. I’ve noticed that a lot of older adults are getting laid off. What I’ve learned as a young adult is you have to make yourself different! Stand out in a good way. Make sure you work hard so that it would be hard to replace you. I learned that from working in retail!
Today is not over yet — I am going to continue searching. Do not lose hope always be grateful. I sure am. Go the extra mile and do not always look for a reward. I will be looking forward to hearing from you soon. Keep reading my updates — you’re helping me as much as I’m trying to help.
Next week I’ll have some new sites for us to try. Let’s take this journey together. Stay safe!
About the writer
Athena Losier, 22, of Spring Valley, graduated with an associate’s degree from Rockland Community College in May and has been seeking full-time employment in media/communications to help cover tuition at SUNY Purchase College. She has only been able to find seasonal employment at Victoria’s Secret.