Keeping Up the Grad Job Search Motivation
Finding a job after graduation can be a daunting task. The most important thing is to stay motivated and not give up. You'll get a job eventually, just stick with it.
Don’t give up!
It might feel like you're throwing CVs here, there and everywhere, with no reply. It can be really demotivating not to hear anything back after sending off your 50th application, and you might just want to give up on the whole thing and stay at home binge watching Netflix. But keep going! There is something for you out there. Check out our top tips on where to find a graduate job, and our motivated tips to keep you inspired.
Remind yourself why
You decided to pursue your degree for a reason - maybe you wanted to learn more, change the world, or get a job you really want. While your goals have probably changed over the past few years, remember why you started. And try to tap into those hopeful graduation feelings - like the world was yours to take. You have your whole life ahead of you, degree in hand. You'll get there.
With long application forms, portfolios and CVs needing changed for each role, it's hard work in itself applying for jobs! Make sure you reward yourself after each one - either with a bath, taking the dog out for a walk, a couple of hours on your Xbox or even just popping down to the shops. Giving yourself breaks and rewards will put your head in a good place for continuing your job search.
Rather than closing yourself up indoors constantly applying for jobs - go out and get some more experience. If you aren't working you can use your free time to help others and make your CV stand out. It makes an employer look positively on you if you fill your non-working time with something productive. Plus, you might meet somebody that can put in a good word for you! Check out our top reason to volunteer, and how work experience can be a foot in the door to your new job.
Ask for advice
Some degrees are quite competitive, and some people choose to keep their job searching tactics top secret, but if you have friends who have done other degrees and are happy to share, quiz them on how they've managed to find a job. They could have thought of a totally different way to stand out that you can take inspiration from.
Use your uni
Your university should have a careers service - pop in there and ask for some advice. After all, they've helped lots of other graduates in the same position as you! Or you could chat to some lecturers you got on well with and see if they have any tips - they might even be recommend any companies or positions they think you'd be suited to, or put in a good word for you. If you don't ask, you don't get!
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