Autumn is finally settling in again, but before you start laughing and pointing fingers at all those young children who still have years of school and torment ahead of them, just think about what YOU get to do. That’s right, school may be out forever, baby, but check out what’s in store now: the job search. So tighten those backpack straps, throw on a bicycle helmet, and off we go!
Don’t Even Think About Cutting Class
Make sure to hold yourself to a schedule. Wake up at a reasonable hour and park yourself at your desk for a generous period of time, giving yourself an opportunity to really focus on your job search. You may feel inclined to soak up these last few weeks of sunshine, but make it a priority to devote a good chunk of your day to researching opportunities, sending out resumes, and networking.
Keep Your Homework Out of the Dog’s Reach
While you’re looking for a job, it’s important to set goals for yourself. Assign yourself tasks such as applying for a minimum of five jobs a day, reading one book a week that will educate you in an industry that interests you, or perhaps creating an updated draft of your resume. Homework is almost never fun, but it’s where we make a lot of our progress – so no slacking!
Get There Before the Final Bell
No one likes getting marked off for tardiness, so avoid the hassle altogether and get there early! Be mindful of any application deadlines you have coming up, and plan your schedule accordingly. And instead of sliding into your seat right as the bell rings, try to show up a few minutes ahead of time. Hiring managers often look favorably upon candidates who turn in their materials promptly – and it’s also quite possible that they’ll make a decision before they close off the position, so stay on top of things and apply as early as you can.
Don’t Forget Your Friends
The best part about school is getting to suffer through it with all your best buds. So find a few pals who are also treading along in this perilous world of job hunting, and share your woes, tips, and contacts with each other. Having a support group while you look for a job can invigorate you when you’re down, expose you to new opportunities, and make you realize that you’re not alone.
Sometimes when you’re starting to fidget in your seat and can’t peel your eyes off the clock, the best thing to do is to throw open the classroom door, fling your arms out into the air, and just run around outside. Few of us can sit through an entire day pounding out a bunch of work, so don’t feel shy about taking a break every once in a while to de-stress. Ultimately, it’ll help your productivity when you get back to the grind with a clear mind and a fresh outlook.
Happy job hunting!