A few months before I graduated from college, I believed I would have a full-time job lined up before the summer. I was wrong. It was discouraging applying for job after job without any response. I’d worked so hard in school and had a good degree – why wouldn’t anyone hire me? It took me six weeks to find a job – and it turns out that was fast. So what can you do to keep your spirits high while you search for a job?
• Be realistic. I made the mistake of having incredibly high expectations. Be hopeful, but don’t expect to land a job right away. The job market is tough and it may take awhile.
• Network. Talk to your college professors, previous employers, companies you’ve interned for in the past, friends and family members. They may have contacts in the field of your choice.
• Stay motivated. Remind yourself of your goals. Where do you want to be in a year? How do you see your future and how will you get there? Don’t forget that your hard work has a purpose.
• Take it one day at a time. You never know when that response is coming. It could pop up in your inbox any minute! You could meet someone at Starbucks who has a few connections in the industry. If it doesn’t happen today, maybe it will tomorrow.
• Make a plan. If you can’t find a job in three months, what will you do? How will you change your tactics? Don’t get settled in the habit of routine. If something isn’t working, change it to keep the process fresh.
• Have fun. You can’t apply for jobs all the live long day. Take a break and go out with friends. It will take your mind off it for a bit and you’ll be able to relax and put things in perspective.
In the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” You’ll get there eventually.by sophie