I had a conversation with a close friend recently about the job market and how to land a job out of college. Like some of you, he has a degree with no full-time professional experience to supplement his education. It’s been tough for him to get a job and it’s easy to understand why. You have to approach the job search process as you approach branding and marketing a product.
You have to answer the following questions: Who am I? What do I want to do? How do my past experiences support the answers to the first two questions? When I first started my job search in March 2017, I was applying for any marketing, social media, or journalism related job I could find as well as anything dealing with politics and government in my favorite cities and local area. I got a lot of interviews, but usually the pay was too low or the job itself wasn’t the “perfect” fit for me, or I just didn’t get the opportunity.
I went back to drawing board looking to find ways to save my time and not interview for jobs I ultimately didn’t want in the end. When applying for jobs, only apply for jobs that you will find to be the best fit for you overall. You’re not desperate. I promise you don’t need a paycheck more than you need happiness and growth. Be selective and find positions that will grant you the latter two and not just the first.
Also, don’t get too discouraged along the way. The job search process is not easy, nor is it meant to be. There are millions of people competing for jobs every day. I am a firm believer that God has an opportunity with our name on it. We just have to keep the faith and keep working hard to obtain it. When I got the call for my current position, I knew that God had his hand in the matter. If you’re a religious person, continue to pray for guidance and patience during this time. I also have several posts on my blog that will help you gain more skills and experience during your time of unemployment.
Let’s face it. The job search process is a grueling one. You’ll feel rejected. You’ll feel unappreciated. You’ll feel neglected. You’ll feel all kinds of emotions. You are not alone and kudos to you for putting yourself out there and not giving up. Don’t take the easy way out. Your dream job is out there. Keep working to get it!