If you're like me and have just finished university, then you'll have started the dreaded job hunt. I knew all the way through uni that the hardest thing would be finding a job at the end of it all but I didn't realise how hard and disheartening it would be. So I thought I'd make a little lists of things to remember and keep in mind when looking for the dream (or just essential to survive) job.
1. Apply for everything
Ok, not everything but I would say if it's generally the job you want and you're not awesome of photoshop like the job asks or actually rubbish at maths, apply anyway. The worst thing that will happen is they will gloss over your CV but you also might get an interview! Things can be worked on!
2. No one answers
Applying for millions of jobs, hear nothing back. It's so infuriating when you don't even get an automated email to say you weren't successful especially if there was a long application process. I recently did 6 online tasks just to apply and hear absolutely nothing, which I think is completely unfair. Just remember, there's plenty more jobs so move on and keep applying.
3. Don't lose self-respect
When you want a job, you're suddenly an object to be commented on whether that be good or bad. This is fair enough but don't lose respect for yourself by letting recruiters take it too far. A recruitment consultant talked to me by phone for 20 minutes for an alright but not my dream job only to start insulting my answers. So I declined her offer of a meeting because sometimes, being insulted over the phone just because you want a job isn't what you need when you're job hunting.
4. Don't quit your current job
If like me you've already got the job you've already had through uni, stick with it. It may feel like you've outgrown it and just want to get out there and do the job you're trained to do but finding a job might take some time and driving around to interviews costs money. Stick with your current job until you get your new job.
5. Take a break.
A recently took a week off from looking for a job, I went away and forgot about it. I got two rejections during this week from interviews I'd gone to the week previous which did ruin my week off a little but It felt great to not feel the pressure for a week and something I looked forward to.
6. Focus on yourself and don't get disheartened.
I feel like a failure when my friends are getting jobs and I'm not, like why am I not getting one too? But I just remember to focus on myself and use that thought to motivate me more to get a job.
These are just a few things I keep in mind while I am job hunting but might not work for everyone. I think the main thing to do is remain positive, you will get a job eventually! So good luck!