I have an associates degree in graphic design and 4+ years customer service/manager experience + call center experience. But no luck. I have tried EVERYTHING - craigslist, sunday paper, walking around, major corporations, school systems, hospitals. I feel like I have applied everywhere. I am willing to work hard at anything, I know how hard it is to get a design job in this city, especially fresh out of school.
That being said, if anyone has any inside tips, it would be greatly appreciated. As far as design work, my talents lie in print/publication design but I can also do web layout (not too strong with coding) logos, branding, etc.
I have applied at Legacy, Providence, Portland public schools, new seasons, fred meyers, fed ex, ups, nw staffing, and employment trends.
Are there more major entities I am forgetting about? It's so discouraging to think about how many people have thrown my resume away by now.
PS - I currently make $11/hr, which is why I'm having a hard time. I can't take anything under $10 and still afford to pay rent and bills at this time. However, my current job is already unbearable, and about to become hell on earth as we come under new management in the next couple weeks. I know some of you must know how I feel...a sense of impending doom!
One last thing - I know there are a million call centers in Hillsboro/Beaverton, but I'm out in North Portland and the drive and gas money are just too much. :( For once in my life I wish I lived closer to Hillsboro.