As a fresh graduate, one guarantee in the job search is that you will hear the word “no” more often than not. Ceteris Paribus, this isn’t a personal attack on your skills or personality but it’s just a combination of the wide talent pool and very specific company standards. Or you might need to revisit your soft skills and perform simple tasks that will make your time in the job search more effective (follow the link for our ultimate job search cheat sheet). However there are days when you push yourself to much and get into a cycle of self-doubt, blame and fear.
To help you push trough this phase, the entire month of October is dedicated to your struggles as a new job seeker and we will post useful information that will help you find your footing in your dream career instead of a just another job.
Our first article is about respecting your downtime. The job seeker downtime, is a stage where anyone (yes even experienced professionals go through it) is fighting to find a job and not hearing anything from anyone and feeling like maybe you don’t matter. It’s that time where even going out of bed feels like a giant chore. You fight yourself to get a semblance of motivation and start applying again. But here’s the catch. You just can’t even anymore.
That’s the perfect time to catch a breather. Do what relaxes you for a brief amount of time. If it’s playing video games, mash away the keys. If it’s watching cute puppy videos, melt away your heart. If it’s sitting down outside and enjoying nature, breathe that fresh air. The reason for this is that even if you get that interview, you wouldn’t want your current mood to affect your chances at getting hired. It is about getting back to yourself and remind yourself why you do what you do.
It is also equally important that you don’t dwell in this mood either. The key here is not to get too comfortable and not too sad that you hurt your chances. So, breathe in, take some time and get in touch with yourself by respecting your downtime. Be prepared for that opportunity waiting for you just around the corner.