As May approaches, you’re in the process of getting ready for your graduation. And, upon graduating from college, your next step will likely consist of finding a job allowing you to put your talents and skills to use in the workforce.
You probably know finding a job after college is hard these days. You’ll enter a fierce and competitive market (for professional and even non-professional positions) while job hunting.
As such, I would like to share with you 5 supportive tips and resources for your job search to guide you through what can be a rather frustrating process. I must note I’ve been among the group of prolonged job seekers, and these tips are based on my job seeking experiences throughout such a time.
First Tip: Don’t Put Full-Time Pressure on Yourself.
Many will advise you to put forth a full-time effort (as in 40 hours/week like employees) while job searching. However, I don’t promote this view. Just as employees focus on a work/life balance, job seekers should maintain a job search/life balance.
Engaging in a full-time job hunt – without regrouping daily and engaging in other things – will lead to additional frustration and burnout because of too much pressure. Don’t do this to yourself.
Instead focus on an effective job search strategy, such as a targeted job search, which focuses on applying directly to companies/organizations you’re interested in working for.
And, reenergize daily.
Additional Resource for Reading: 4 De-Stressing Tips for Your Job Search by Teena Rose│Careerealism
Second Tip: Don’t be Surprised if Your Job Search Takes Longer than You Expect.
Your job search might just extend way past your expectations. This is not one of the most encouraging statements here on the blog, but it is absolutely the reality of things now. It’s something I learned personally as a job seeker.
If you’re faced with the process of a lengthier job search, hang in there, don’t give up, and consider all possibilities.
Additional Resource for Reading: How Long Will Your Job Search Take? Longer Than You Think. By Marc Miller│Career Pivot
Third Tip: Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Self-Care during this Time.
One of the greatest things I learned as a job seeker is the importance of taking care of yourself. Take the pressure off.
As job seekers, finding a job becomes the number one priority. Because of this priority, you become overwhelmed by the efforts of a job search. Exhaustion kicks in.
Do you know what happens from there? You neglect yourself.
However, this is not a good thing. Taking care of your mind, body, and soul is essential.
Remember to rest. Remember to make time for yourself. Remember to do things you love.
Additional Resource for Reading: Self-Care and the Job Search by Mary Truslow│Communications Collaborative
Fourth Tip: Don’t Forget to Live Your Present Moments.
I’ve stated this on here before: don’t allow yourself to wallow around in defeat.
You’re a job seeker blessed with the gift of life. So, why not live it? Why not breathe? Why not take things one step at a time?
Continue to do things you enjoy.
Don’t put all of your focus on your unemployment and need of paid work. This will only leave you miserable daily.
As the stretch of your job search increases, you’ll experience some hard days. Yet, during these days, you can make a choice to take in the goodness surrounding you.
Daily, you should make a choice to live and step forward faithfully and courageously. And, don’t forget to enjoy those “little things” in your life right now.
Additional Resource for Reading: Don’t Let Unemployment Keep You from Living Your Best Life by Jenny Treanor│Brazen Careerist
Fifth Tip: Don’t Ever Believe Something is Wrong with You.
One of the major issues you’ll face as a job seeker is the inability to secure interviews. If you do secure interviews, you’ll face the issue of securing a job offer.
Still, whatever you do, never lose sight of who you are. You’re qualified, motivated, and determined. You have no problem working enthusiastically to get where you want to go.
Please keep this in mind throughout your job hunt: You are enough. In fact, you are more than enough so always be who you were created to be. Stay focused throughout this time.
In her The New Grad’s 2013 Job Hunt Guide, Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder of Human Workplace, provides great advice to the new grad. Here’s a little bit of the support she gives in this article:
“…You are an awesome, brilliant, talented new grad with a tremendous amount to offer to any employer and its clients. If people don’t get you, they don’t deserve you.”
Now, this is something to keep in mind as you go about your job search! Wouldn’t you say?
Additional Resource for Reading: The New Grad’s 2013 Job-Hunt Guide: If They Don’t Get You, They Don’t Deserve You by Liz Ryan │Human Workplace
From Me to You: Don’t drop your head at any point during your job search! Even when it gets tough, keep looking up.
Disclaimer 1: I am not an HR or Career Professional by training. When I write on job search topics, I write from the perspective of a job seeker with experience in job searching.
Disclaimer 2: This article contains outgoing links to the work of others in the Additional Resource for Reading sections.
P. S. If you have additional tips to add for the new grad, please share in the comment section below.