Finding motivation can be hard, especially in this busy semester as we are all getting back into the swing of things. If you are looking for a job, there’s a lot of great things you can do right now to maximize your success later on.
Preparing to Get a Job:
- Schedule time for career-related activities. One of the hardest parts of the career search (or, let’s be honest, college in general) is planning and prioritizing your time. There will be many distractions during your week, whether it’s an assignment you totally forgot about or your friends taking an impromptu trip to a coffee shop. Try to set aside some time dedicated only to getting a job or professionally developing yourself. Get yourself coffee, tea, or another beverage that helps you focus and find a nice, quiet spot on campus.
- Be ready for rejection. A lot of applications that you submit may not become offers or even interviews. Every company operates slightly differently and may not be heavily recruiting right now. That is okay and is not a reflection of you or your abilities. Just get those applications in, present yourself in the best light, and play the waiting game! Hopefully, you’ll get good news soon, but remember to just keep applying as much as you can.
- Get your application materials ready to go. Spruce up your resume, cover letter, references, or anything else that you want employers to see. Put your best foot forward by having your materials ready so that you can quickly and efficiently apply whenever you block it out.
That’s it! No, really, it’s true! Preparing and taking time to apply is one of the hardest parts of getting a job (especially when you are a busy student with thousands of other things on your mind). Once you start getting some good news back from potential employers, your motivation will soar and make it even easier to keep going. The first step is always difficult, but you will be getting interviews in no time. Go get ‘em!