I've read through some of the threads here, and I have a few specific questions.
I'm getting my master's in urban planning next week (yay! ) I attended the National Conference in Las Vegas last week, went to a few sessions, milled around a bit with people I know. I didn't really see a job listings that interested in me (they all looked West Coast, and I want to stay Southeast no matter what).
I have a resume put together, but no cover letter. I know I need to get on that cover letter.
1) I plan on sending them to a bunch of cities, counties, MPO's, etc even if they aren't listed anywhere as hiring. E-mail them or mail them hard copies?
2) This may be a bit early, but I read in other threads that recommend saying a range when asked about salary. How do I know what I am worth? I'm fresh out of college with a master's in planning, and had a 2-semester municipal internship (which I am bummed out about because I learned absolutely nothing except how to use the fancy copy machine and municode.com).
3) What is the difficulty level for rookies in the office? I have nightmares that I am going to be fired in 2 months, because I "don't know how to do anything they want me to". Maybe that is normal paranoia, but what really is expected of rookies. Do they start them out with very simple things, and work you into the office gradually?
That's basically it. I've mainly got the fear about being clueless as where to start when I get an assignment.