“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.“
In my 12+ years in career development I have never met a student who had every job application result in success. In fact, a part of every person’s job search is hearing the dreaded word “no”. As you begin the job search process, how are you going to respond to rejection: as a potato in boiling water or as an egg in boiling water?
Here are some tips to keep you resilient and in high spirits during the job search:
- Spend time with others: Don’t isolate yourself. Instead, surround yourself with people who appreciate your talents and value your insights. You must remember that a job rejection is not personal; people who admire and like you will remind you of your strengths.
- Seek out support: Visit a Career Development Coach or find a job searching buddy. Often we just need to hear that others are similarly situated. We frequently exaggerate during stressful times. We hear one person has a job and suddenly the entire class is employed. Getting a reality check can help give you some perspective.
- Take small steps: Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to job searching. Job searching is a large project. Break that project up into smaller and more manageable pieces.
- Track your progress: Keep a journal or spreadsheet of your job search activities. Seeing your progress will help quell your job searching anxiety.
- Take care of yourself: Exercise, get sleep, and eat well. Give yourself small rewards for making headway in your job search.