Hi ladies! I just graduated from what I thought was a decent university (one of the University of Californias) and relocated to Chicago. I've been here one month, have applied for approximately 325,398 jobs, and have gotten maybe half a dozen interviews. (By the way, my favorite interviewer was at a PR firm where the guy asked me, in all sincerity, "Is the University of California in Chicago?") How long does it take to find employment? My parents have recommended that I just forget about the job search and volunteer for a year... for a political organization or a museum or something. They don't think it's worth my time to make $6.00 an hour working at a coffee shop, which doesn't look so hot on a resume anyway (in their opinion -- frankly, I have no clue what does or doesn't look good on a resume). The thing is, I am very reluctant to continue accepting money from my parents. I figure I'm 22 and I should probably be taking care of myself. While volunteering is wonderful and could possibly be an excellent stepping-stone to a real career, I'm afraid that my efforts will be better spent elsewhere and I'm not super stoked at being dependent on my folks for money. Either way, I can't really keep up the limbo... I can either commit to volunteer work, or else I can get a job that will pay the bills (i.e. intern yet again at a law firm!). Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially as I don't know a soul in Chicago!