A recent college grad gushes about the struggles of finding a “good job” even after earning a bachelor’s degree and creating his resume in a now-viral TikTok. The video sparked a debate about the current situation in the job market for young professionals.
In the video, posted by TikToker Mikey Cook (@mikeycook) on Oct. 2, he hints that the job market is “oversaturated” and talks about the difficulties he’s had getting a job after graduation despite internship experience.
“What’s wrong with the staff? Why can’t I get a well-paying job with my bachelor’s degree?” says Cook in the clip. “Every time I go to LinkedIn someone gets the position I want. Then, a week later, the same job I applied for shows up again.”
In the caption, Cook says he built his resume by “working at UPS” and securing internships during his college days. However, he adds that he’s noticed that “hardly” any of the new hires are black – which prompted him to “quit putting.” [his] Race for applications.”
“You all said to us, ‘Get your degree so you can get a better-paying job.’ And I did. And now I have student loan debt because of it,” Cook continues. “Something’s going on here. And if I see another congratulatory post on LinkedIn, I’ll go crazy.”
@mikeycook Am I stumbling or is it next to impossible to get a good job right now, I’ve done the whole 9 yards, worked at UPS, had internships, was a restaurant server for years, went to school all at the same time and bounced off two toxic workplaces of homophobia and racism. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Then I go to LinkedIn and see people after people have been hired (mind you, hardly any of them are black). I’ve had to stop writing my race on my applications because it’s getting out of hand! Uhhh. #working #work #jobs #findingajob #linkedin #rant #theworldrn #workforce #applyingforjobs #toxicworkenvironment #idontunderstand #overit #bachelorgraduate ♬ Her – Megan Thee Stallion
The video has racked up over 28,400 views as of Tuesday, with commenters sharing their own struggles to land a full-time job after recently graduating.
“I feel like I’ve only just finished my bachelor’s degree, it’s tough out here,” shared one user.
“THIS!! I’ve applied to positions that have been rejected because they found a better candidate but the position is posted a few hours later,” said another.
“I have applied to literally over 500 positions. I got about 3 callbacks. I went through an interview process that took 3 months,” wrote a third.
Several black graduates also said that finding a job made them reconsider including their race in their applications.
“I literally put in over 200 applications last week and only got 4 interviews. I’m wondering whether to say ‘know’ or ‘I’d rather not say,'” said one commenter.
“Yes, because I’m about to start experimenting with names and genders on my resume,” wrote another.
The Daily Dot contacted Cook via email.
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*Initial publication: October 4, 2022 at 6:10 p.m. CDT
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.
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