More often than not, we start off our first official job search feeling hopeful. The possibility of finally working full time with your dream company, the thought of being financially independent, the places you could go and the ladders you could climb… our college dreams are finally coming alive!
Bachelors degree? Check!
Proficiency in Excel? Check!
Interest in helping X company solve their problems? Check!
…and you hear crickets.
A few weeks go by without a sign of moving forward or rejection, you start doubting your ability to do the job and wonder if you are not as good as you think you are.
If you find yourself going down the rabbit hole trying to find out everything that went wrong with your resumé and your application process, it’s time for us to discuss a little about ways you could take care of yourself during this grueling process in order to emerge as the strongest of the pack when d-day comes.
Train yourself to be organized
The Konmari method has inspired many to organize and make space in their wardrobes. Now, it’s time to Konmari your job search process and of course, your physical space! How can you do this?First, you can try setting just 10 minutes after lunch to put things away on your desk, paying bills online, and taking out the trash. Not only will it be beneficial for your digestive health, a decluttered physical space leads to a clearer head space. Pamper yourself with a warm mug of matcha latte after while you continue with your job search. Also, make sure to keep track of all of your progress in just one tab with Huntr so you don’t get too frantic as you juggle with multiple online applications!
Do something you’ve been meaning to
Hector Quintanilla said it best: progress is addictive! It’s natural for you to want to see signs of progress in your mailboxes in the form of acceptance emails. However, you should try diverting our focus from your job search to crossing off some adventures you’ve been wanting to get your hands dirty with. It could be training to become a barista, donating an old pile of clothes, or something as trivial as mowing your lawn. When you make sure that you’re taking care of your other responsibilities, chances are you’ll feel more confident when tackling your next job search.
The job search process can seem lonely at times. You might feel embarrassed to share the challenges you’re facing with your circle of friends or you might not know who’s the best person you can consult with to put your best foot forward. This is why platforms and focus groups like LinkedIn, Albert’s List, and Subtle Asian Networking exist. They’re all great resources to find out and learn about what problems others faced during their job search, interview or acceptance process, outlining their challenges when landing jobs, finding referrals, and to help you with your resumé and cover letters!
Reading for leisure and for business
One way that I’ve personally found helpful was to be in-the-know with what’s happening with the company and the industry that I’m interested in. It is imperative to demonstrate your industry knowledge and show your eagerness to learn more about what you’ll be working on. On top of that, they would help you frame some awesome questions you could ask the hiring team at the end of your conversations.
Find a power pose that works for you
Interviewing is a two-way street. The hiring team would have to sell the company to you just as much as you would sell yourself to the company. On the days when you don’t feel too confident about selling yourself, however, make sure to just keep one thing in mind: open up your body language.
Hold your desired pose for two minutes. Give yourself a smolder. Smize. Feel powerful, and strut your way down the hall and into the room where your hiring team awaits your presence. Give them each a firm handshake and look into their eyes as you repeat their names. Shoulders square, chin up. You got this.