I'm a soon-to-be recent graduate (Masters in Urban Planning). I've been actively looking for a planning position for just under 3 months at this point. Right now I am working part-time in a city where I interned...my previous boss left and unfortunately they decided to not fill her position. I am here simply to help in the transition and there is very little chance that this will turn into something permanent at this point.
I have interviewed for 3 positions with the State of Michigan (1 was a no, 1 they decided not to fill after all, 1 I'm waiting to hear back on). I had a phone interview with a private planning firm for an entry level planner position where the person told me that if I was "really all that good I would have been hired by another planning firm already" (HELLO! No one else is hiring and frankly, I don't really think I want to work for you now.).
This is not an invitation to a pity party (frankly, I'm sick of listening to me whine about being jobless)...but just a plea for some information about what other people went through and how long it took them to land that first job.
I have already expanded my search to non-planning positions, and I'm still hopeful, just a little beat up and discouraged.