As a second semester senior in college, the overbearing fear and uncertainty of not knowing what your plans after graduation may be is incredibly daunting for many. For those who have received no’s, or for others that have heard no word at all and have to only assume that they did not receive an offer. Even more so, it’s so difficult to watch all your business major friends getting jobs months in advance. OH, and on top of everything else, you’re doing this in a pandemic?! So how can you stay positive during such uncertain times? Coming from someone who is in a very similar boat as many of you, here are a couple of my tips and tricks to stay ahead and not become too discouraged.
Don’t Take it Personally: Whether we are in a pandemic or not, job searching right out of college is difficult. More so, you are probably not the only one applying for that job. So if it so happens that the one job you really loved didn’t love you quite back, don’t be hesitant to circle back around in a year when you have more experience under your belt. Don’t take it too personally that someone else may have been a better fit, but instead put that to practice to better your skills and experience so when a similar opportunity comes around, you’re ready for it.
Maintain your Momentum: If you’re anything like me, you have spent the last four years perfecting your LinkedIn, reaching out to parent’s friends, messaging alumni on social media and more to continue to get my foot in any door that allows. Why should that stop now? As graduation nears and eventually passes, make sure to continue those relationships that you have spent years building. After all, PR is all about maintaining relationships ;).
Become Confident in Yourself: It is so incredibly easy to become discouraged during these very difficult times, and I have often found myself questioning my ability as a student, writer and intern. But on the other hand, some of the jobs I have been best at is when I have been able to be my true and authentic self - why should that change to impress some interviewer for a corporate company? In any interview, phone call, or email, it radiates tremendously when you are confident in yourself and your abilities, showing whomever that you know what you can do and you’re not afraid to do it.
Trust in the future: While this may sound a little cheesy, and can be very difficult to swallow, I have learned more than anything throughout the last year that you can not control much. If you take anything away from this post, understand that you can only control your perspective, attitude and how you use your rejection as a stepping stone forward. Trust in that everything happens for a reason, and some jobs just may not be the one for you.
This is a difficult time for all of us seniors, so it has been really nice to be able to sit down and hash out feelings that I didn’t even know I had considering the job process. I hope that as we all embark on these futures together, we can now have a little more confidence in knowing that everything will work out and all of our hard work will pay off.