“I can’t wait to graduate college” – I may have been one of the very few who repeated this to myself day in and day out. I was so over the papers, all nighters, and seminars about a semester in, too eager to get out in the real world and start my career.
Now that I’m out here it’s easy to say that job hunting is like the Hunger Games.
At graduation the phrase “Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016” needed to be replaced with “Let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your favor.”
To keep it real, it’s hard out here when it comes to finding a job. Finding a job is a job in itself and sadly it doesn’t pay. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a stipend for every job you applied to, just a little something to hold you over until you actually get to the real money?
Through recent conversations with my brothers and sisters of the same struggle I have come to realize the sad truth about job hunting, it’s all about being at the right place, at the right time.
“I think I’ve only submitted like one application to a job,” said one of my friends, “everything else was just right place, right time.” “Yea me too,” chimed in another. “One of my friends works in the department that I wanted to work in. We ran into each other and she offered me an internship there. Now I’m working there full time.”
In the end it all boils down to networking, the age-old mantra, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”
Your qualifications can be out of this world, A1. Your experience may fit every requirement for the job the company is looking for and yet if you are not in the right place, at the right time, knowing the right people, it can be easy for your name to slip into the application abyss.
Keep grindin’ until that moment finds you at the right place with the right people since that’s how people are getting jobs nowadays. Until then keep applying yourself, getting practice and meeting new people who may one day help you get to that place where you need to be.
And in the mean time it wouldn’t hurt to still submit an application the traditional way, *hits submit button for application 1051 and counting.*