I'm a fairly recent planning graduate. I've been looking for a planning position for about 7 months now. My geographical location of looking for employment is somewhat contained in and around the "Texas Triangle." (family concerns, etc.) I learned today, for the 5th time, that I was 2nd in line for a planning position and that the only reason was because the person had several years experience. Also, these cities are fairly large suburbs and are well known for excellence in planning from the professional and residential side.
Therefore, I know that I am not "competing" with other graduates, yet I am with fellow planners that are making horizontal transitions for some reason or another. Incidentally, each planning director/Asst. Director in the 5 cities, as well as myself, has been impressed with the fact that I went up against these other candidates so strongly. I'm only been beaten on the basis of experience. In essence, there seem to be very few, if any, public planning organizations looking for "Entry Level Planners."
So, do any of ya'll have any ideas about how I might be able to break through the experience threshold so that I can actually gain experience? I appreciate the help.