A few months ago I wrote a blog post series all about surviving the pandemic- the ups and downs of lockdown, and the trials and tribulations that come with problems such as online learning and maintaining a social life.
I had such brilliant feedback from this series, so this June and July I’ve decided to write a new blog post series, all about surviving graduation. I graduated from the University of York this time last year- and I’ve learned so much since then about life post-graduation!
Graduating into a pandemic is a unique experience, and I want to offer any help or support to anyone graduating this time around. I’ll be writing posts about staying positive, finding ways to celebrate, and great habits you can get into once you finish your degree.
Firstly though, I want to talk about job hunting– and all the difficulties that come with it! Whether you’re a recent graduate or not, job-hunting is often a stressful and difficult time- and it can cause a real issue for motivation.
Below, I’ve put together 5 simple tips to keep up job hunt motivation over the next couple of months, and help you stay motivated while you navigate the dreaded job hunt
Unfortunately job hunting can sometimes go on for a while, and it can be quite an uncertain time if you’ve just graduated and you don’t have any plans in place. So a positive attitude is a must.
These days, there are so many places you can find out about possible jobs or future plans- through your University, on job sites, and even through word of mouth. So a good tip to keep up job hunt motivation is to keep your mindset as positive as possible, and don’t worry about the time it takes to find something that works for you.
Rejection is normal
I think every graduate has experienced rejection in one form or another. You might have missed out on your dream University, a great placement, or the perfect graduate job. But I bet you’ve still enjoyed all the experiences you did instead- and life wouldn’t be life without a bit of disappointment and rejection.
When you’re job-hunting, don’t be afraid to feel your rejections. It’s okay to cry if you miss out, or get angry when someone doesn’t give you any feedback. Believe me, I understand the frustration of being told I need 3+ years of experience after just graduating…
But it’s important to know that something else is just on the horizon- and this rejection will actually become a helpful life lesson for learning how to pick yourself back up.
Apply for everything
I know it can be tough finding the “perfect” job to apply for, and so if a job description roughly fits your skills and you can imagine yourself doing it- apply!
Even if it’s just to get the experience of sending an application and choosing how to set out your CV, it’s so important to keep your options open and apply for any opportunities that look appealing.
By making yourself apply for things regularly, you can also give yourself the motivation to keep going- and it’s a good idea to stay as busy as possible.
Stop comparing yourself
One of the worst things you can do after graduation is compare yourself to others! So one of my best job hunting tips would be to stop comparing yourself to your friends or family.
Someone you know will have an amazing graduate job, and someone else will have their Masters course all lined up. But your journey is not theirs, and if you finish graduation without anything set up (like I did) it’s still possible to get yourself a job you enjoy.
Stop comparing yourself to others and keep up job hunt motivation by focusing on where you want to go.
Update Your CV
Updating your CV is one of the worst jobs that you have to do when you’re applying for jobs. It’s boring, and it can take a while to get everything “just-so”. However, it’s also one of the best ways to improve your job-hunting chances- and if you update your CV early on it’ll make it easier to apply for jobs as and when they pop up.
It may be boring, but do yourself a favour and really work on your CV when you first start job-hunting- and you can avoid a lack of motivation later down the line!
What do you think of my new blog post series all about surviving graduation? What are your tips to keep up job motivation? Do you have any job-hunting advice?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments 🙂
Happy reading x