Nearing a whopping 50 job applications may seem like a feat, but it is an achievement too! Worst-case scenario, you set a record. Congratulations, you’ve managed to put yourself out there time and time again and still maintain any sanity you have left without imploding or giving up! But you’re probably taking it as a sign you should wait tables for the rest of your life. Have mercy on your soul!
You’ve reached a turning point that aches for change. This realization may come to you as despair, flailing; that life is completely out of your control. Au contraire, jobless friends. Your exhaustion, confusion, and dignity may be at an all-time low, but acknowledging the problem is the first step to reevaluating your job search routine, facing you with the challenge to become a stronger candidate.
1 – Breathe
You’ve gotten yourself worked up. Day in and day out of cover letter tweaking and grappling for impressive vocabulary and copying and pasting and resumes and job descriptions and follow up emails and you’re so good at all of this now your (unpaid) job is applying for jobs.
You’ve stressed yourself out so much now that you’re starting to take the 93rd rejection-by-silence to heart. Maybe there’s a typo in your cover letter or you didn’t show enough passion, or maybe you actually aren’t qualified. Come out from under your defeated woe and remind yourself that the six-figure piece of paper hanging from your bedroom wall in your parent’s house is your constant debt.
Feel worse? Don’t.
Something has to change. Whether it is redesigning your resume template or settling down your picky tendencies to apply only to jobs you want, reorganizing and taking the time to assess helps decrease dismissiveness of everyone and everything. There is a reason you don’t have a job yet. Sure, it may be your credentials or that you aren’t related to anyone in any company, but focusing on what may not be working is progress in itself.
3. Re-tune Your Job Search
Accept that beggars can’t be choosers and you most likely will not get your dream job on the first round. You think you’ve applied to everything, but you probably haven’t. Consider every inch of your education and skill set to align a new direction. If you’re a writer, don’t just apply to editorial positions at magazines—apply to marketing agencies, tutor jobs, social media, the government. Your specific field isn’t the only one that could use your talent.
Giving yourself more options in the job search will help raise your chances of at least an interview and encourage you to explore your options for the future.
4. Get a “In the Meantime” Job
You’ve lived with grandma and grandpa rent-free long enough. It’s time to make some gas money while looking for apartment money. Having a job, whether it be secretarial work, waitressing, retail (the list is infinite), you can maintain some form of income, ease your mind of empty pockets, and have something to do rather than floating helplessly in the abyss of job search depression.
5. Keep Looking
Make the point to set aside time in your day to apply to a job or two. It’s easy to focus on your temporary job so much so that it becomes a permanent job. Setting a goal to keep the search in motion will keep you from job bombs (10 applications in a two-hour time span) or feeling guilty for slacking. You may feel overwhelmed by the lull in your job life (not much unlike your love life) but hold on to the fact that good things are to come.
6. Don’t Give Up
Competition is an obstacle everyone who doesn’t “get lucky” faces. Take employer rejection lightly; laugh it off. Be proud of your fight. Take your time, make the application count. It will all pay off.
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