Job Search Expert’s Tip of the Month – March

De-stressing your job search

Did you graduate in December (or perhaps even last May) and are freaking out because you still haven’t found an entry-level job? Here are some ways to de-stress your job search:

1. Remain calm. Seriously, it’s not just you. With the economy in the slumps, many of your fellow graduates are experiencing the same thing. What used to be the norm in your industry for the length of time to find a job after graduating is likely now much longer. Know that you are not alone, and what you’re going through is actually quite normal—so stay cool, calm and collected! Becoming angry or desperate will show quite obviously when a hiring manager does call.

2. Pick up a part-time job to pay for your favorite hobby.
If you didn’t have a hobby before you started your job search, find one—and find a part-time job to foot the bill for this hobby. While it’s important to stay vigilant in your search, you should also not become so obsessive that you leave no time for your mental health. (And, don’t worry about finding a part-time job you can add to your résumé—any job will do!)

3. Get into a routine. Again, not an obsessive one, but you’ll find that if you get up at the same time every day, dress as if you’re going to work, fit in a 30-minute workout session and go to bed roughly the same time each night, you’ll feel much more in control of your life—and in the proper mental state for finding a job.

4. Volunteer. Volunteering can bring positivity to your day, but it can also add meaningful experience to your résumé and offer networking opportunities that might lead to a job. It’s a win-win-win situation!

5. See the light at the end of the tunnel. You will find a job. Keep telling yourself that over and over, and surround yourself with people who love and support you in your mission. Having a positive attitude can sometimes be half the battle.

~ Heather Huhman, Job Search Expert, Campus Calm

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