Remember to stay positive while searching and applying for jobs.
In the wake of graduation, the last remaining reverberations of your commencement speaker’s words are clanging around your skull, and perhaps you’re thinking, “What did I do all this for?” Because after four years (or so) of hard work, sleepless nights and endless worry, now you have to find a job. A job that hopefully has something “to do” with your major.
The idea of jobs and job creation has hounded the political debate and zeitgeist of our country. Based on Bureau of Labor statistics, the unemployment rate has hovered between 8 and 10% for the better part of the last two and a half years. The unemployment epidemic is making its way throughout the world.
Yes, finding a job is difficult. Yes, there are people who are struggling. Sure, you should be concerned with finding a job. However, you should not let it define you.
I am two years out of undergrad and I am currently a Masters of Education student. At some point I will be applying for teaching jobs. Every so often I peruse the job prospects in the area just so I am not surprised when the time comes to apply. I am startled by the amount of jobs available. Yes, most are for math or science teachers, but I’ll take it as a good sign that schools are even hiring.
When looking for jobs, remember:
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
It is easier said than done, but don’t get discouraged. If you hear no, move on. I have found that so much goes in to hiring that you may be a very good, qualified applicant but just not the person they hire. If you put your best application out there, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
- Don’t be afraid to ask.
Be aware of the good ol’ fashioned “Now hiring” signs. Talk with friends and family to see if they know of any job opportunities. You never know who might know a guy. If there is something you’re interested in doing, do it.
Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Steve Jobs and Apple created a hallmark of industry in a garage. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in a dorm room. J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter in a rather unimpressive apartment. Push your ideas and get out there. No one is going to bust your door down, but if you keep pushing yourself, I am confident that only the best will happen for you.
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