We’ve all been through it: the post-college job grind. These days it can be a challenge to land an entry level job in your field, even if you do have the necessary experience and education. The whole process can be a dispiriting start to your professional career.
It’s an experience Jasmine Pak understands all too well. A recent graduate of UC Berkeley, she’s been trying to put her Mass Communication/Media Studies degree to use in a job that’s right for her.
The recent grad channeled her frustrations on a Linkedin post and it struck a chord with fellow job hunters.
Jasmine has the sort of resume you’d expect employers to jump at: she was an intern for NBC and CBS, an entertainment reporter for CalTV, and the Director of Television at the Business Careers in Entertainment Association.
But Jasmine hit a rough start when she was looking for a position as a video producer.
“I have been rejected from countless opportunities that I knew I would excel in,” she wrote.
“Each rejection came with a stab at my ego, my hope, and my self-worth.”
It’s a story any unlucky job hunter can relate to: “What more does it take to land these jobs even after pulling out every trick in the resume & interview & networking handbooks?”
Despite this, the goal of Jasmine’s post wasn’t to wallow in failure, it was to inspire others to keep their heads up and not let rejection get them down.
Though she was disappointed, Jasmine emphasized that she was not discouraged.
“Despite these rejections, I have never let my passion for media take a toll. My passion for accurate minority representation in media has always driven me to be the best I can be. It’s motivated me to work harder than I ever thought imaginable,” she wrote.
“Don’t let the negativity take over this grueling process. Remember where your passions root from. Smile and encourage yourself. After all, you are your biggest supporter.”
Jasmine’s post quickly went viral on the job networking site, with many users sharing words of encouragement or relating their own struggles in the job market.
“I share in your frustration in this area,” one comment reads. “I am encouraged knowing that I have more to offer and I will be successful regardless of rejections and disappointments.”
“Thanks for sharing your story!”
Another comment suggests not taking rejections too personally, as they’re just a sign of a bad fit. “A rejection is one step closer to that good match position,” the comment reads.
But the post really took off when Jasmine got a word of support from an unexpected, high-profile source:
LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, offered a few words of support
Weiner posted two comments, first thanking her for sharing her experiences on his site.
“Jasmine, with that level of clarity, sounds like you are clearly on the right path,” he wrote. “Look forward to hearing how the search continues to evolve.” He also inquired about what kind of dream job Jasmine was looking for.
Jasmine replied that she wanted to be a video producer.
Then the job offers started coming in.
After Weiner got involved, the post escalated in popularity and now has over 5,000 comments—including a lot of job offers. Scroll through and you’ll find an enviable amount of recruiters reaching out to Jasmine to join their companies.
She tells CNBC that she’s been overwhelmed by the article’s explosive popularity.
“Every time I open the app, it just crashes,” she said.
According to CNBC, she’s gotten interview requests from several high-profile clients, including YouTube’s analytics partner Open Slate.
But Jasmine hasn’t taken any of the offers, yet.
Jasmine is still looking for the right gig that suits her skills and interests. While she appreciates the support, she contends that the companies reaching out miss some of the points of her article.
“My post was really focused on how I do want to pursue my passion in media in the creative realm so I can have a direct impact on minority representation, she told CNBC, “And all my offers have been outside that.”
Still, it’s always nice to be wanted. Hopefully the support will encourage Jasmine to keep pursuing her dream job—and hopefully Jasmine has inspired others, too.