You may have been wondering what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks… I graduated nearly three weeks ago and have been job hunting for exactly two months. You could say that I’m in the restless stage of the hunt.
I’m beginning to find that there are six absolutely essential keys to unlocking your job search and making the process as painless as possible.
The first few weeks of a job search can be rough – especially if you’re limiting yourself to a small selection of available jobs. If you broaden your search, you only increase your odds of making it to the interview… and to an eventual “yes.”
|| personalize it ||
This particular piece of advice isn’t necessarily unheard of, but it’s so important: make your cover letters and resumes unique to each and every position you apply to.
|| talk it out ||
If you’re feeling down that your search might not be going as planned, talk it out to others around you. Sometimes you just need a little encouragement and the strength to forge ahead.
|| join forces ||
If you have friends who are also out of work and funemployed, it can be empowering to work on cover letters together in cafes and practice mock interview questions. The other bonus? It’s a reminder that you’re not the only one out there in this situation.
|| go offline ||
This has more meanings than one. Quite literally, go offline. Connect with employees at your dream company for in-person informational interviews. And ask around (yes, in-person!) about potential openings within your network. Sometimes employees know there will be a job opening at their company before it’s posted online. It’s all about who you know…
|| just do you ||
Be yourself in an interview. Trust your gut. Even though your interviewer is scaling you up to see if you’re the right fit for the job, it’s also your one opportunity to see if the company is a place you could realistically spend upwards of 40+ hours per week (and if the employees are people you could truly work with on a daily basis). If something feels off at the end of the interview, your gut may be trying to give you a hint…
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Whatever you do, don’t give up. The job search process is different for everyone and can sometimes take new graduates 6 months to find a job.
When you’re not applying for jobs and brushing up on your interview skills, be sure to take care of yourself. You probably have plenty of free time, and this is a great opportunity to pick up some of your hobbies that you may have put on the back burner during your final semester. Get plenty of rest, do what you love, and never never never give up.