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    From grad to employee: how long?

    How long did it take you to get your job from graduation? It has been 5 months so far for me. I'm starting to get a tad nervous. Also, were you offered interviews. I have been offered zilch. Should I be worried?

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    I had a job before graduation.
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    Took me about 7 months....but I turned down a couple offers to move back to NH after college in the midwest.
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    It took me approx. 6 months before I got my first.

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    6 weeks from graduation to first job. Just lucked into it.
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    I had one waiting for me, but I was probably a little unusual in that regard.

    I had two friends that graduated last May that got jobs about two months ago, so I guess it took them about 8 months.

    Not getting any calls for interviews might worry me a little. My guess is that these are high demand positions and they physically cannot interview everyone. You also might have some real 'winners' working in HR that don't know what the hell they are doing when they filter the resumes. I would sit down with someone and have them go over your resume & cover letter to look for ways to improve it and make it stand out more. Contact your university planning department to see if you can get an alumni listing for planners. You might see if one of them can look over your stuff. In fact, I bet you could get some of the folks on here to look it over and give you some feedback.

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    Too long and very frustrating 18 months.
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    I don't remember exactly, but is was more than 6 months.

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    One year! I guess I graduated during the last 'Great Planning Job Depression'- 1993.

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    I graduated during a recession. I worked the dark side for about 11 months before finally getting clean.

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    Quote Originally posted by Nor Cal Planner Girl
    One year! I guess I graduated during the last 'Great Planning Job Depression'- 1993.
    So that's what was happening.
    I graduated 1991.
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    I got an assistant planner position before having a planning degree, but 3 years after finishing geography B.S. I worked for a former professor, and later got a better gig close to finishing the master's. It wouldn't hurt to check back with your profs, and ask where people they know are working. At least then you have some connection to say "Hey, we had the same prof back at U of X, and I wanted to ask you ...." Good luck.

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    Quote Originally posted by Nor Cal Planner Girl
    One year! I guess I graduated during the last 'Great Planning Job Depression'- 1993.
    Uh huh. I went to grad school in 1992.
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    Took me 3 months to land a job after I graduated. I should say however I had been looking since the start of my last semester so if you count that it took about 7 months.

    I took the first job offered because I was BROKE. Stayed there almost a year and a half then moved on.

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    I found mine right after I graduated, however, I knew a number of people in the industry.
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    I graduated from my masters program in 2002 and I think the average was about 3 months and they were spread around the South mostly.
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    It took approximately months after finishing my undergrad before I landed my first planning job. However, the working conditions were often less than ideal and the pay was hardly worth the move to another state. But I wanted (needed) the work and, in the grand scheme of things, I suppose that I did learn a lot from the situation.

    Considering your location you may find that you will have to expand your job search to other states – there always seems to be a lot f jobs available in the rural South. Many of the townships and boroughs in PA seem to not have full time planners so many of the (few) jobs available are with non-profits and privet sector firms. There are exceptions to this but you’ll have to look hard and make some connections. My advice is to go out and network, network, network. GO back and speak to your professors or even arranging a meeting with planners currently working in the field. You’ll find that many will be willing to set down with you and dole out any advice they may have. You may even get another contact name or a lead in the right direction for a job.

    So good luck to you.

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