As a second semester senior who still has no after graduation plans, I will definitely admit future unemployment is scary, especially when you’re the last of your friends to find a job. Everyone around you seems to have their life in order, while you’re stuck at the drawing board. There are many different reasons why you might be struggling to find a job. Whether it’s because your field of hire isn’t looking yet, or you just haven’t found a job that sparks your fire, you have to remember one thing: to stay confident. This has been especially hard for me for the past few weeks. Sending email after email and submitting countless applications with still no hint towards a future commitment. If you’re in this situation like me, you probably feel a little unqualified and a lot defeated.
However, don’t be!
No matter how hard or annoying it may be, you have to keep at the job hunt, and eventually, that job you’ve been waiting for will fall into your lap. Until then, here are some tips I’ve found that seems to help when it comes to setting yourself apart in the recruiting process.
- Create and submit a personal website, blog, or portfolio.
- Especially if you’re looking to get into a creative field, this helps SO much. Sometimes it’s actually required for some applications so better to have it on hand! Show off your skills
- Don’t hesitate or feel weird about reaching out to your connections. Odds are everyone would love to help you if given a chance!
- Cover letters matter.
- You can create a basic outline for your cover letter but should ALWAYS cater it specifically to a company and/or job you’re applying for and add in some specific tidbits as to why you’d be the best fit for the job.
- Update and revamp all your social links
- Especially LinkedIn and even Facebook!
- Know your skill set
- Know what you’re looking for. Sit down and figure out everything you’re good at and love to do and then look for jobs that highlight those interests. It’ll make the search much more enjoyable.
And lastly, remember everyone has their own timeline in life. Maybe you’ve landed your dream job and will be moving away after graduation. Or perhaps you’re like me, and you haven’t figured out what you’re doing after graduation. Either way, both of these paths are OKAY. It’ll all work out the way it’s supposed to. You’ve got this!