10 gut-wrenching stages you’ll go through during your post-college job search
You may feel frustrated at times, but you’re not alone—(and you may even end up with a job!) so hang on and enjoy the ride.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully graduated college. Now it’s time for your next emotional rollercoaster: the job hunt. Get ready for a long and bumpy ride—the average job hunt lasts 16.9 weeks.
Prepare to experience the following stages during your search:
- The party’s over stage
Usually this one is last, but in terms of the job world, the first step is acceptance. There will be no more post-graduation toasts. Say goodbye to cards filled with cash from Grandma. It’s time to buckle down and get a job.
- The digital reality check stage
Does your Twitter consist of a drunken rant? Are you tagged in one too many inappropriate photos on Facebook? Is your Instagram filled with selfies? Recruiters are most definitely looking at your social media presence, so if you answered yes to any of the above, then start deleting now.
- The resume re-do stage
If you’ve been using the same resume since summer camp, it’s time for an overhaul. Recruiters only spend about six seconds reading your resume±—so yours better stand out. If you’re not sure where to start, there are experts who can help.
- The application overload stage
With a new resume on deck, it’s go-time. As soon as you see a job you’re interested in, act fast. The longer you wait, the more applicants that fill the pool. Feeling manic? That’s OK. It’s normal at this stage.
- The waiting game stage
You’ve sent applications and now there’s just crickets. Rather than constantly refreshing your email, maybe stay busy by attending networking events. Or, you could binge watch those TV shows you missed while studying for finals.
- The nervous panic stage
The position you applied to has already been filled, or even worse, you’ve heard nothing. You might feel stuck in this stage for a while, but hang in there. It gets better.
- The creative brainstorm stage
It’s time to crank up your job search. If there’s a company you really, really, want to work for do something to get a hiring manager’s attention. Know friends who could help you get your foot in the door at their company? Don’t be afraid to ask. Whatever you didn’t do the first time around, it’s time to consider all options.
- The boiling point stage
Somehow, all of your friends have found a job, but you’re still looking. You’ve seen photos of their new offices and watched them follow their new co-workers on Instagram. You might feel the urge to toss your computer out the window and give up—don’t do it.
- The light at the end of the tunnel stage
You check your email and there it is: an email from Sarah in human resources. She apologizes for the delay, they’ve received hundreds of applicants for this position, but they would like to invite you—yes, you—to come in for an interview.
- The beginning of a new you stage
From college graduate to employed member of society, you’ve done it. You can call your parents and tell them you won’t be needing to move in after all. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy what time you have left before you start this new life of yours. Congrats—and welcome to the real world!