While it’s not the most stimulating experience in a person’s life, applying for premium entry level jobs and paid internships after college is something that almost everyone goes through. However, finding ways to stave off the frustration and keep things interesting during this process can help keep you sane as you send off dozens of applications throughout the next several weeks and months. Here are some tips on how to make your job search more enjoyable.
Less is more
If you’re planning on spending eight hours a day perfecting your resume and filling out applications, you can burn out quickly. Even the most ambitious post-grad job seekers can expect to wait at least a few months before landing that first career position. Instead of overwhelming yourself with work, set aside a manageable chunk of everyday (three or four hours) to devote to applying.
Apply with a friend
Chances are that you likely have a few friends nearby who are in the same post-college unemployment situation as yourself. Consider meeting up at one of your homes or a coffee shop so you can search for jobs together. Bringing a social dynamic to the application process will help break up the monotony as you vent your frustrations together. You can also offer each other advice for mutual gain.
Take a break
Some days you’ll simply come up against a wall in your hunt for entry level jobs. While you don’t want to make it a habit, taking a quick break or even a day off from submitting applications can be just what you need to recharge. Find something that you love doing – reading, watching movies or going for a walk – and enjoy some personal time.