Tips to help get through a job search for college graduates

by Katelyn Brockhaus

Rejection.

*** Cue the dramatic music!  🙂   ***

 

We’ve all dealt with it in some way, shape, or form. Lately, the shape of rejection I’ve experienced relates to my job search.

Like many soon-to-be college graduate, I am doing my first “real-grown up” full-time job search and I’ve worked really hard to get my cover letter and resume perfect. Like many of my peers, I’ve completed a lot of applications and some of them either get a rejection email or many get no reply at all. That can really take its toll somebody.

It’s like “I’m great!! Why would you not want to interview me?!?!”

*** Strikes power pose  ***

 

After doing a fair amount of research on how to handle a job search, here are some tips that I found helpful:

  1. Have some structure

This for me is key when applying for jobs. Make sure you either have an email just for job applications or have a folder(s) in your inbox to house your applications and correspondence. This is great because then you know exactly where everything is and you don’t have to go rummaging through your inbox to find something.

  1. Have a release

Job searching is stressful and can be overwhelming so having a release or a way to take your mind off of it for a while is good for your overall well-being unless you stress eat junk food – that could be bad. I personally find a lot of relief through exercise. I love letting go of everything, putting on my headphones, and focusing on improving my body and health. Another good way is to change your environment for a while. This could be going for a walk, hanging out with friends, watching a movie. A big piece for all of these things is to take a break from applying/looking and just breathe.

  1. Work on your network

If things aren’t really panning out, contact people you know in the workforce or in your desired industry. They could give your recommendations on places or people to try, could give your tips on things you could improve on, or even help with what to look for when applying to make sure you fit better with the description.

  1. Volunteer

This is one I haven’t tried before but makes a lot sense. Once the number of rejections starts getting up there (“up there” being whatever level you feel is too much to handle), it can really start to take a hit on your confidence. You worked hard to get through college, get that degree, and now no one wants you. Volunteering can help you see what you have to offer as a person, a human being, and not a worker for a certain job title. This could really boost moral, confidence, and is a good experience to have. The person said, “Boost the ego.” Like I said this makes sense. When you’re feeling down, you want to do something that makes you feel better.

With round two of after-college job search under way, this is a nice reminder of how to make sure confidence about skills, the future, and overall being stays up. Because ‘I am great’ should be thought by everyone! No one deserves to not get discouraged about his or her abilities to thrive in a work force.