Things that aren’t fun:
- Getting teeth drilled
- walking into the wind in a rainstorm
- stubbing your toes on furniture
- finding a hair in your food
- looking for a job
It’s not easy looking for a job. I don’t expect it to be easy, but I feel like it could be easier than it is. I’ve applied to several places and gotten several rejections. I expect to get many more before I finally find someone who is interested. And even then, an interview may go badly, or one of us realizes we won’t be a good fit, or someone else may be more qualified than me. I expect anything and everything to happen.
I can’t help but feel discouraged. If you haven’t looked at a job board lately you might not understand. Or maybe you’ll remember from when you were looking for a job. Job boards are depressing places. There might be hundreds of jobs posted, some of which you find interesting, so you click on it, already thinking about how life would be with that job. So you look through the duties section and can picture yourself performing them effortlessly, being the envy of your co-workers and the pride of your superiors.
Then you hit the qualifications section. Your degree isn’t listed. You have some of the required class hours in some of the subjects, but not all. You don’t have the required five years experience in this field. You realize this isn’t an entry level position. You sigh, and keep looking.
There are no entry level positions.
It’s hard not to feel discouraged. It’s hard not to feel like there should be a better way. If you want to make a lot of money, try developing a job board where only entry level positions are allowed to be posted. You’ll make a lot of college graduates very happy at the very least.
Experience from an internship and good references can help bridge the gap where you lack experience. But as far as job hunting tools go, patience is probably the most important thing you can have. Along with perseverance. If you are looking, something will come your way. At least, that’s what I’ve been hoping.
Job hunting isn’t easy and it isn’t particularly fun. It’s full of dashed hopes and ruined expectations. But, it can be exciting when you get an email you’ve been hoping for, and in the long run, getting that job will be worth it. Even if it’s not the job you thought you’d be getting.
So if you’re job hunting as I am, don’t give up hope. Keep looking! And I wish you the best of luck. To quote Suzanne Collins here, may the odds be ever in our favor.
Thanks for taking the time to read and please leave a comment if you have advice, a critique, or simply something interesting to add!