Exercising Patience During the Job Search

I will be the first to admit that I am not the most patient person at times and the job search has certainly tested my patience. Whether it is employees taking weeks and months to respond or receiving no response at all, it can be very irritating. With that said it does get better with time.

Many say the first year out of school is usually the roughest because many organizations do not want to risk giving s recent graduate with little or no experience a chance. Career services suggest that it takes anywhere from 6-12 months to secure a decent full-time position. They even go so far as to say start job hunting a year before graduation.

However, many recent graduates are often forced to accept unfulfilling positions because of desperation from the pressure to repay mounting student loans. Unfortunately, this is a reality for way too many talented young professionals and I can definitely relate. I’ve received a few offers and wondered to myself “they cannot be serious with this salary” which has caused me to have to turn down a few offers. Some may say I’m mad for doing so but I do put a lot of thinking into the positions that I accept. I currently have a great internship in my field and it is simply not the smartest decision for me to end the contract of a great opportunity in my field to pursue opportunities that are not in my field or I will not be happy with.

Having to consider so many factors, job hunting is very time consuming and can feel like a job itself. From my experience it takes about 3 months to really start receiving feedback. October has been my best month so far with me having 4 interviews and receiving offers from all organizations so I am very excited to see how the rest of the month plays out as I am waiting to hear back from a few of my dream organizations.

I am not ready to divulge the company or positions in detail but will definitely open up more about my job search more as it continues. It is not easy to discuss this but hopefully I can relate to people going through the same phase and help them to realize that with persistence and patience you will survive.

Interestingly, over the past few weeks I’ve come across quite a few blog posts and tags about deciphering the wrong and negative people in your life. Even though I have not commented to this, it is very crucial as I myself have had to rid myself of certain situations that I felt were just self-deprecating and not progressive.

As always, I would love to hear about everyone’s experience.

Stay tuned!