Monday, May 14, 2018

After graduating college it took me exactly one year before I got my first "real job." It was the longest year of my life. If you've ever been on the hunt for a new job you already know that those months can feel like an eternity. I felt hopeless, defeated, regretted all of my life choices and was just all around depressed. I wish my story were unique, but unfortunately for most people it takes on average three months to land a job. If you're a recent college grad with no experience like I was, the wait time could be even longer. In hindsight there's so many things I could have done to remain productive during my job hunt and today I wanted to share a few of those things.


This one will probably be the toughest, but I am a firm believer in putting good vibes in the universe and getting them back. Looking for a job can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. You can do everything right and still not get the job. Find a support system to keep your spirits high for those days when you're in a complete funk.


Not only is volunteering great for your community, it also looks great on your resume. For starters, volunteering provides an opportunity to touch up on soft skills such as leadership and time management. Secondly, volunteer work shows that you remained active during your job hunt. A resume with several gaps between jobs doesn't look great. A resume that shows you were productive during those gaps is a winner.


You should always be looking ahead to what knowledge or skills are required in your next role. We live in a fast paced world where trends and information are ever changing. With hundreds of people all possibly vying for the same position you're interested in, you want to remain as competitive as possible. Try an online learning site such as Udemy which makes continued learning affordable and convenient (not sponsored).


Thanks to social media, networking has never been easier. Long gone are the days of attending awkward networking events with the hopes of finding someone you can connect with. If there's a career path you aspire to, do a little social media sleuthing to find people who are currently on that path and reach out to them. People are typically happy to discuss the path they took in their career. Use this opportunity to ask questions and get advice on what you're doing wrong or right in your job search. As an added bonus, because this person is already in the industry they may be privy to job openings or can connect you with someone who knows.

Job search fatigue is a real thing and don't let anyone tell you differently. You've applied for numerous jobs with no luck, you're desperate and you've reached the point in your search where any job will do. The best thing you can do for yourself at this point is to walk away from it all. Give your self a day or two to refocus, work on a hobby, or just rest. It seems counterintuitive, but taking a break will allow you to return to your search refocused and with a new strategy. 

Would love to know what tricks you all use when hunting for a job. Leave them in the comments below.

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