Quitting is not an option when it comes to graduate job hunting

It has been a very busy couple of weeks since I came back on holiday from Portugal and in that time, I have been continuing to apply for graduate jobs after finishing my degree over a month ago. It would have been very easy for me to settle back in and do nothing after my holiday, but I knew I had to keep going if I was to secure that first job and that is what I have been doing.

With uncertainty becoming normality with the general election result and Brexit still dominating the main news stories, I have found the graduate job hunt at times very difficult when I have applied for jobs and not heard back. However, there is this part of me that tells me to “never quit” and continue my strategic approach to job hunting. It is hard to accept but what you have to realise is everything happens for its own reason and I know I will secure a job, its a case of the right one coming to me.

Making progress with the job hunt

I must say after applying for more jobs within the media sector, I did get two interviews at Dennis Publishing and INRIX Media for different roles. One of my main goals with these interviews is to gather “interview experience” because I want to see where I’m doing things right and where I need to improve on.

But always, I keep my feet grounded as its important to be ambitious and realistic about the job application process. As someone who is open to working in any sector of the media, that “dream job” will not come overnight. So to counteract that approach, I spent a lot of time looking for entry-level jobs as I would want to work my way up in a company I am employed for. This means I would get more experience from the outside looking in about how that company operates and what the employees do in their roles.

I am getting more job interviews recently which can only be a positive but it does not stop with the amount of research and preparation needed to secure that first job.

Keep going, never stand still with your skills

Whilst its important to continue to apply for jobs, I always believe it is essential you keep your skills sharp. This is what I do with my blogging and data visualisation skills in Tableau, as well as learning more about R and SQL.

I find its very easy to get complacent if you do not take part in community projects such as Makeover Monday as your Tableau skills tend to wane a bit. Knowing from experience, it can take some time to get back into a routine and someone who likes routines, it can be very frustrating when you cannot do the tasks repeatedly straight away.

As with life, you have to adapt and get that routine back again. It’s something I have worked on and I have found a happy medium in terms of job applying/dataviz/fitness and so forth. It’s all about finding what works for you and what doesn’t work in terms of getting the routine to work for you.

Finally…. Learn to take disappointment with a positive outlook

It’s tough, I have been there before. When you pick up the phone or look at your email inbox to see that the job you applied for didn’t make the interview stage or that in the interview you were unsuccessful. It can be a very bitter pill to swallow, but learning to take disappointment from a job application can be very hard.

Instead of being negative and doing absolutely nothing, why not be proactive and continue applying for the jobs you want to go for. Getting that foot in the door in journalism is immensely hard, but when you get that foot in the door, the job is half-done. I have learned through every job application to take feedback from the application it as worthwhile experience when you apply for more jobs.

There is no doubt that I will secure my first graduate job in the media, but it takes time, persistence and a lot of work to get there. At my age, there is no point in rushing to find that first job, once things fall into place, that first job will come sooner than you think.

Picture Credited to FirstEmploy.

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