Endless applications, constant rejection, and the constant fear of being unemployed forever. Job hunting is quite possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and still with no luck, it can be extremely difficult to stay motivated. So today I am going to try and give you all some tips on how I have endured the last few months without ripping my hair out.
Why am I job hunting?
So first for a little background on why I am looking for work. I graduated nearly a year ago now (how is time going so quick), and since then I have been in a few different temporary jobs, but never anything that I would consider my dream job. I completed a social media internship that lasted 3 months earlier this year, which I really enjoyed, but unfortunately did not lead to a permanent paid position. And although I have really been job hunting since I graduated, it was this year that I started putting a lot more work in to it.
What am I looking for?
I am not going to lie, job hunting has been quite a journey, and not a fun one. I have been applying to social media and marketing jobs, mainly in the beauty/fashion industries, as this is where I would ideally like to work. What I have discovered is that there are A LOT of other people also going for the same roles. And unlike some graduates, there are no grad schemes when you want to get in to this industry, you just have to start from the bottom. I think the hardest thing for me has been the radio silence from companies after spending hours on the applications. And not every company does this, but I would say at least 80% of the jobs I’ve applied to haven’t ever got back to me, even with me chasing them up.
Some Advice That Might Help
Anyway, on to the tips on how I stay motivated, which might help others in my situation. I think the main thing I have learnt is not to take the rejection personal, especially if the rejection is before the interview stage. I always ask for feedback, as I think it is important to know why I didn’t get the role, but also to see if the company has even paid attention to my application. Usually I get the same sort of answer: ‘you don’t have enough experience’, and this is not a reflection of my personality, so although it can be disappointing, I try to just let it go and keep applying.
Another thing that I am trying to get better at is being less picky, and to broaden the spectrum of jobs I apply to. Like I said, the fashion and beauty industries aren’t exactly the easiest to get in to due to popularity, but if you can at least get some work experience doing something similar, it is a benefit. I keep getting reminded that I am young and that I have plenty of time to find my dream job, and that it is good to try different jobs. So, I guess my second bit of advice is to not worry about getting your dream job straight away, sometimes it’s better to be somewhere gaining experience, which will help you in the future.
Lastly, and the most importantly, don’t give up on your dreams. As cheesy as it sounds, it is still the only way you will get the job you want. If you keep working hard and persevering, one day you will achieve what feels impossible right now. If you don’t get what seems like the most perfect job for you today, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any more perfect jobs. New jobs are posted every day, and if you keep on top of searching and applying, you will find other perfect jobs.
It’s not always easy to stay motivated so I would love to hear any tips or advice that you have to offer, as I continue on this job searching journey. Feel free to leave a comment below or tweet me @MariellaKennedy xoxo