The job search is stressful from day one. It’s just how it goes, for everyone. You’ll rewrite your resume 20 times: tailoring it for a specific job, rewording a job under ‘Experience’ so it sounds more appealing, or fixing a sentence so that last word doesn’t cut off at the end and make a whole new line for half of a word. Or maybe that last one is just me.
You’ll write some cover letters. Lots of them, actually. They’re not always easy to write; it’s hard to write about yourself without sounding like you’re tooting your own horn. Once you find the right balance, though, it gets easier.
When searching for a job, you’ll probably have some idea of what kind of job you’d like, or where you’d like to be. Or maybe you have a “plan.” It’s perfectly okay to have these ideas in mind, but keep in mind that there’s a difference between “concentrating” in certain places and limiting yourself. It’s a tough balance to find and walk; I have to remind myself of that pretty often. Keeping an open mind is a huge part of the job search.
We make plans, and God laughs.
But perhaps the hardest part of the job search is just doing it all, over and over. And over, and over. I don’t remember the exact statistic, but these days, you have to send out nearly 100 resumes just to have a chance at an interview. Be resilient and patient, and remember to have some humility. No job is below anyone. Apply for everything. Take risks. You know that job listing that sounds amazing but you think, “they’d be crazy to even respond to someone like me”? Apply for it anyway. You never know. What’s the worst that could happen?
Stay patient. Reach out. We’re all in it together. If you feel stressed or panicked, remember that you’re not alone.
It will work out.