Before I start writing, I would like to say that this is a dramatized version of events. Please read this with a sarcastic tone. While I’m all for a relatable post, I prioritize my professional integrity.
Stage 1: Silver Linings and Warm Fuzzies
Well, how exciting. It’s officially time for you to apply for a big boy/girl job. You’re going to be an adult. *Smiles fondly at the thought of bills piling up.* You jump on your computer and search on sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn for openings. You apply to every job that has a qualifications description that may or may not match your skills. You’re ready to face the unknown.
Stage 2: The First Rejection
You were sipping your coffee (soy milk, no sugar) this morning when an email popped into your inbox. It was your first rejection. A big fat “no” from a recruiter you thought you got along with swimmingly. Oh well, you think to yourself, it’s only one rejection. I’m sure this won’t happen too many more times. You take a deep breath and finish the last drop of your coffee. Tastes bitter.
Stage 3: Reality, Old Friend
It’s been three weeks since you sent out your army of job applications, resumes, and cover letters. But all you’ve gotten are a ton of “no’s,” and “not right now’s” that have led you to nowhere. Now, that’s not to say you’re not an excellent candidate. You know full well that you have a solid skill set and have a ton to offer… but nobody else sees it. It’s time to get real.
Stage 4: Purple Underneath, and Twitching
Your eyes, that is. There are purple bags underneath your eyes, and one is twitching. You haven’t slept in 2 weeks. You haven’t gone grocery shopping either, and you’ve been living off of your roommate’s pretzels and goldfish (this can’t just be me). You’ve been keeping a tally – 819 applications complete. If one dives into your Google history, they’ll also find searches for jobs that don’t require the degree you’re about to graduate with, and how to get a job with no experience. Suddenly, there’s a burning and a flash in your eyes – this may be the end.
Nope, that’s the sun rising. 6:19am.
Stage 5: 1 Unread
It’s the end of March of your senior year, and still no job offer. Not even a response to an application. Man, what does it take? All of your friends seem to be doing just fine, whether it be getting a job, internship, into grad school or other further schooling. What could you possibly be doing wrong?
You swing your backpack over one shoulder and are about to close your laptop when you hear a familiar tone.
An email requesting an interview.
(This process is still rough, but good for you!)
Keep on workin’ it out, friends. Whether or not it seems like it, lots of people are in the same boat as you. You have an incredible JMU education under your belt, so you will be ok!