So I finished a planning degree in May of last year here in Chicago. Finding the first job was tough as nails. I finally did, working for a very small CDC on a retail revitalization program--the situation was significantly different than I'd been led to believe and I quit after about two months out of stress and discomfort. It was the right decision, this place was a horror story.
Since mid-December I'm on my second job search and I'm really frustrated. I've had very few leads. There doesn't seem to be much out there. And following up on any job in a market I've targeted I've learned that there are hundreds of applicants!
(As an extreme example, I received a letter from Portland OR saying that 151 applicants had *qualified* for the position...I know it's Portland, but still)
The few leads I've had have also been with CDCs and other small organizations, something I've been wary of repeating unless the organization has at least five people (especially for relocating). I do have a rounded set of skills that includes GIS, development finance, some other ED stuff...but nobody's biting on this part of my resume.
I don't know if anybody else is facing this dearth of jobs but it has really put me in crisis mode.
So my question is this: are there any other careers or jobs you'd think would be worth exploring, perhaps to kick my tires around for a few years until the market improves?