Let’s Get Ready to … Be Patient?

Krasi Shapkarova

Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

John Wooden

Job search can be exhausting and quite frustrating. If you need a job, you strive to get it as soon as you can; so, you hurry, you polish your resume, you apply to hundreds of job postings, and you wait and wait and wait. Chances are you will not hear back from the majority of those applications. Checking off 10 or so applications each day strikes you as productive and you feel like you’ve put a lot of effort toward the ultimate goal: securing a job. The truth, however, is that you have done very little, the bare minimum in fact. What takes a lot more effort and time—building meaningful relationships—seems like a waste of time, but eventually, you will find out that you need to network if you want to be successful at finding, and keeping, a job. Why wait to start over the right way when you can do it now? Patiently working on building a network clarifies your career choice, helps you polish your brand, strengthens the professional relationships you build, and ultimately, lands you a job.

*For help with building strong networks, check out the Career Navigator or consider making an appointment with a career coach through Carey Compass.

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