I have wanted to move to this beachy hippie haven for sometime now. After I graduated I was sure I would be able to find a job in OB where I could ride my bike to work and wherever life takes me.
Sadly, having graduated from college this past spring I still haven’t found a job in OB. I have a BS in Finance, am really into blogging , and writing song lyrics and poetry and am willing to do almost anything to work and live here.
I have posted about me and left my email address to be contacted for my resume under the OB RAG classifieds. Any advice or help for an aspiring OB Convert?
Jobless out of OB
Dear Jobless out of OB:
I’m not the best person to ask about working, I’ve been seeking work for 2 years. BUT, since I always have advice, this is what I suggest:
- Write in different blogs, advertising yourself and your site… Wait! You just did that with the OB Rag. Okay, good start. Oh, and by the way, I like the personal way you write. Folks, check out this post:
- Write articles about OB – relevant things for the OB Rag – and submit to see if you can get them published. Something that utilizes your degree or your interest in lyrics/poetry would be good. The OB Rag will also consider publishing poetry. This is great for portfolio AND helps you get to know people here.
- Attend the Ocean Beach Planning Board Meetings. This helps you feel like you know what is going on and is just good citizenship.
- Go door-to-door to merchants with resume in hand. I know this is old fashioned but, if you are willing to do anything, then this is the way to get a job. While visiting merchants, ask them if they know anyone who is hiring.
- Always carry a business card and tell anyone who will listen that you are seeking work.
- Sell advertisements for the OB Rag, which will pay a commission to anyone who sells OB Rag advertising.
- And, of course, troll craigslist.
Good Luck and don’t get down, you are not alone. I have NEVER had such a difficult time getting work as right now. However, that doesn’t mean jobs aren’t out there, especially for someone just out of college. It’s those of us who are too experienced to convince anyone we are willing to take any job happily that I think are having the hardest time.