By Rachel Comish
I’m a recent graduate with a couple part time jobs who spends a ridiculous amount of time filling out applications. Who knew that getting a job would be this tough, especially right out of college? Graduating is amazing and holding your diploma in your hand creates a sense of accomplishment—which barely lasts past the 50 applications, endless e-mails, and handful of failed job interviews.
So how can we keep a good attitude and move forward?
By being prepared and completely slaying, of course.
Applying for Jobs
Many jobs will ask for the same information. It’s convenient to keep a document with all your past job information, especially when you have to type your old boss’s number ten times a day. I like to use Indeed to find jobs, but there’s also Simply Hired, Glass Door, LinkedIn and even Craigslist (but be careful with that one). If you’re interested in a specific company, look them up and see if they are hiring. Call their HR department and talk to someone about what they’re looking for.
First of all, one resume doesn’t cut it. Each job is looking for specific things, and it’s important to cater your resume to that company and job. So try to have several resumes geared towards different skill sets listed under the job description. This is not a one size fits all situation. Make the extra effort to research the company you are begging to hire you and change your resume based on their goals.
You need multiple cover letters as well, depending on the job. I make sure to save all my cover letters so when I’m applying for a dozen different tutoring jobs, I can still copy and paste the basic information and just make changes based on what they’re looking for.
Relax. Interviews can be intimidating, but remember that the person interviewing you wants you to succeed. They want to find someone to hire almost as much as you want to be hired. Take a deep breath, look them in the eye, shake their hand, and speak clearly.
Structure and Schedule
When you’re unemployed and sitting at home every day applying for jobs, it’s hard to take your sweatpants off. It can also be difficult to get out of bed. You think, I’m just on my computer—why would getting up and dressed make a difference? Well, it does. We need structure. There’s a little switch in our brains that turns on when we put on pants and sit at a desk. Our brain suddenly knows we mean serious business and we are going to work. Try to get up early, even though you don’t have to. Be productive and make a plan. In the morning, set a goal for how many applications you want to fill out that day. This creates a schedule and motivates us to work harder.
Finding a job is hard. Being rejected by company after company is tough, and it can be a struggle to feel motivated. But don’t let your life revolve around job-hunting. Do something fun! Meet people. Start a blog. Everyday stuff like going to the gym or rehearsal or a writer’s group can take your mind off interviews and resumes. It’s good to take breaks so you can feel refreshed and ready to work harder. Figure out what helps you stay positive and make that a part of your life.
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