The Job Search from Hell

Stephanie T By Stephanie T, 7th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/254ssllr/
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Your on a high and full of confidence after graduating, however the realisation of the job search can drag you down. Here's some tips and helpful information.

Into the Big Bad World

So, the studying has finished and it is now time to start that job search and enter the big bad world. Filled with optimism you assume you will snap up a job because you are a conident, enthusiastic individual with a degree, however this confidence slowly turns into a lack of once you realise it is simply not that easy.
For those of us who don't have connections, or a friend who can get us in it is very hard to find the right contacts or even someone to take a look at your CV. This does sound all doom and gloom but the one thing I have learnt is to never ever give up, eventually a door will open, it may not be tomorrow or even in a few months time, but if you keep positive and keep going then it will aid you tremendously.

My Big Bad experience

I left university where I studied perfoming arts and theatre studies, I thought I would find a job that I like whilst I write and look for work as an actor. I honestly thought it wouldn't be as hard as it was and that I would find work straight away, and start earning. It ended up taking nearly two months to find work, and when I did, I was on a seven hour contract in a store.
When you are handing out CV's, applying online, sending applications off and you are not hearing anything back, your confidence shrivels and you end up having little self belief. My case wasn't as stressul as some of my class mates, one of which couldn't find a job for nearly a year. At the moment I have been in and out of work, still not finding a job that I love. Again I am sorry for the negative side of this, but I wish someone told me so that I could prepare myself by trying to get internships in the summer, and by getting work experience.

What To Do To Help You Get That Job

Feeling pretty down and lacking in confidence? The one this I would say, although it may seem like common knowledge, is to never stop. Keep applying, keep on with the CV's, keep meeting new people and get out. Eventualling having a confidence blow will prevent you from wanting to venture outside you home, which won't help you in the long run.
Go out, you don't need to spend money, just go for a walk around your town, have a look at the companies that are there. Often you don't actually realise what there is in your town, you may even find a company or place that you would like to work at.
Exercise, this may sound completely off par with the job hunt but exercise does help you in term of confidence boosting, you feel better and that reflects in your attitude.
Keep positive. This has a lot to do with your attitude. Don't think of it as failing, because you haven't, there is no such thing, it is just life and if you believe in yourself and abilities then nothing can bring you down.
When I had rejection letters I did think that I am not good enough, and that I would never find anything, but I have completely changed my attitude. Yes I do have the days where I think that I will not get my dream job, but I try and change it into a positive, maybe I am not meant to have that job.

You want people and employers to see you at your best, this comes from within. If you beam with confidence, energy and enthusiasm then people will want to be around you because you make them attracted to you.

You may ask 'How do I get myself confident?'. I believe the answer is in yourself, do whatever makes you happy, or makes you gain confidence. When I am not in work I paint, swim, make fascinators and write. I can unleash my creativity and it makes me feel like I can do anything, and that shows on the outside. Whether you like to bike ride, swim, sing, walk, or even clean, spend the time do things rather than waiting for the phone to ring or an email to pop up with a job for you.

Working isn't your life it's just what you do, and i you can combine the two then great but other than that your occupation isn't who you are. Find out what your hobbies are whilst your looking for work.

CV fun

A CV is a refection of you, what work you have done, what qualifications you have to enable you to do the job.
I would recommend writing many different CV's, simply one CV does not cater to all, you will need to ammend and change the focus for each one. One CV may be decent for office based jobs and not for a customer service based job, in which case you will need to make sure that you ammend your CV so that its geared more to the job your applying for.
It all depends on what you are wanting to get into, whether its office work, design, finance or customer service, make a CV for each.
Don't lie, just change the focus for example: -

Before
Job Title:-
Office Assistant
Role: -
Use of computer system
Updated computer system
Placed, cancelled and amended orders
Paperwork duties
Answering emails
Product knowledge
Excellent team work

After
Job Title:-
Office Assistant
Role: -
Excellent customer serivce whilst anwering emails
Excellent customer serivce using the phone to speak to customers directly
Updated computer systems after assisting customers with queiries
Kept strong rapport with all customers
Placed, cancelled and amended orders
Paperwork duties
Product knowledge as I was able to then inform customers of new or excisting line
Excellent team work

And so on. It is time consuming but once it is done, it's done. You should get someone to have a look at your CV's to see if the focus is evident to an outside eye.

Be Brave, Be Confident and Keep Going

You can do it, take charge and be bold. Go out and talk to people, ask around for work, it is all about networking and gaining contacts. Sitting in doors searching on the laptop is just one way to look for work, imagine 100 people doing exactly the same thing, and then one person walking in and handing their CV, you'll be remembered.

Do whatever you can to make yourself gain confidence, believe in yourself and this will show. And lastly, positivity, if you don't get a job, don't bring yourself down even more, just say to yourself that it's not meant to be or that something better will come around, failure is not a word, there is no such thing, it is just learning so erase it from your mind and get going.

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author avatar Stephanie T
I love to be creative by singing, acting, painting, making head pieces, swimming and writing. I love travelling and could do it forever. When I was younger I wanted to be a mermaid, and I still do. I love adventures, life should be one.

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2011 (#)

Wow, what a great article.

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author avatar Stephanie T
8th Feb 2011 (#)

Hello,

Thank you so much, I am definitely a follower of yours too. Many Thanks :)

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2011 (#)

Wow, what a great article.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Feb 2011 (#)

Great advice in a very well written article.

Welcome to Wikinut. I hope that your stay with us will be a long, enjoyable and profitable one.

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author avatar Stephanie T
11th Feb 2011 (#)

Hello,
Thank you very much, I will definitely be staying, happy writting and reading!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Feb 2011 (#)

Job searches suck but they are a necessary evil... good tips.

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author avatar Stephanie T
12th Feb 2011 (#)

Hello,
Thanks, yes they are necessary unfortunately, tis a pain. Thanks for reading :)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2011 (#)

Welcome to wikinut, another fine writing job from you. Keep them coming and as Jerry has written, I hope this will be a profitable journey.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
20th Feb 2011 (#)

Excellent tips,and I'm sorry you had such a hard time looking for a job :-( On a bright note I've written extensivelyhere about online jobs so you might pick up a few fillers while you wait for your big break.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Apr 2015 (#)

Motivational article, thanks Stephanie. I try always to give more than I take anytime and that has given me the breaks in life - agreed, to get a breakthrough is vital. I have seen how our attitude decides our altitude and many lack this basic - siva

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