So, you’ve spent the last four years, give or take, preparing to venture into the real world. You’ve written essay after essay, binged on Netflix shows, and pulled all-nighters before numerous finals and exams. You’ve even managed to find time to make and cultivate friendship in between working shifts and studying sessions. Now you’re standing on the graduation stage, moments away from obtaining your diploma and the whole world -cliche as is sounds - is ahead of you. Except you instantly realize the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Take it from someone who knows.
Unless you’ve were lucky enough to get a job offer from an internship or you have the right professional connections, there’s a good chance you won’t be getting the job of your dreams right off the bat. According to Forbes, 43% of college graduates are unemployed in their first year out of college, and on average, it takes anywhere between six to nine months to land a job. To make matters even worse, most “entry level” jobs require 2-5 years of experience which is a bit ironic in itself! As bleak as this stat may seem, don't worry. There are ways to make the most out of your job search. As I, enter into month six of my job hunt, it feels as though I am in a never-ending cycle of applications , interviews and rejection letters.
But, what I’ve come to realize is that there’s a lot of dead time between when your applying and when you land the job. Here are a few ways to be productive as you wait for the job:
Keep applying: The job market is always changing, and new opportunities are just around the corner.
NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK: Work to build your network. Spend time to make the connections necessary to help you move forward in your career. You never know what those connections can do for you.
Revamp your resume, LinkedIn, and social media platforms: Nowadays, recruiters are looking at more than just your resume to see if you’re a good fit for their company. Stay ahead of the game.
REMINDER: Rejection is your friend! Everything happens for a reason. Maybe this opportunity isn’t the one for your. Or maybe there’s something better ahead. Don’t get discouraged! Keep your head high, folks! A job is coming, just make sure you’re doing your part!