Minneapolis was recently named the country's third best city for recent college grads by NerdWallet.com, which bills itself as the go-to website for those in need of moneymaking intel.
"Minneapolis is young, affordable and thriving economically, making it a solid choice for recent graduates," the website gushed. It cited the city's 3.3 percent unemployment rate and the fact that almost a quarter of its residents are in their 20s. But Farmington native Matt Rudorfer would beg to differ.
"Looking for a job has been annoyingly difficult," says the Holy Cross College grad, who holds a business degree in addition to minors in marketing, sports management, and communications. "Employers I've interviewed with want three to five years of experience. It's either that or you need a family connection to get a job, which I don't have."
In addition to the high percentage of twentysomethings living in the City of Lakes, NerdWallet.com gave Minneapolis high marks for median income -- $46,000 -- and affordability. According to the website, rent to percentage of income came in at just above 20 percent.
"For those seeking a more urban lifestyle even as they grow older and start a family, the Twin Cities area might be the perfect place," read the website. "Reversing the longstanding trend of moving to the suburbs once you have kids, families here are staying urban."
Rudorfer hears that calling. He'd like to move into the city. In fact, he's got a friend right now waiting on him to split rent. But he's been living with his parents since graduating last spring.
Just months after commencement, Rudorfer worked as a marketing assistant for Minnesota United. He earned $7.50 an hour at 15 hours weekly.
He currently works five hours a day as a marketing analyst intern. The internship, which started last November, is supposed to end soon and Rudorfer hasn't received any signs from his employer that it will be parlayed into a full-time gig.
Despite sending out untold copies of his resume and a handful of face-to-face interviews, Rudorfer says he's the last of his friend network to score full-time work. One makes $47,000 doing e-commerce catalog pricing. Another does marketing for a credit card rewards program at $43,000 annually.
"Looking for work is constant," says Rudorfer, who wants to work in social media. "I spend an hour every day online looking for jobs and emailing. It can get pretty frustrating and exhausting waiting around for responses.
"I would say the job market is good and growing -- especially if you know the right people. But if you don't, it can pretty much suck."
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