Five struggles all job seekers can relate to

February 02, 2017
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Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first “proper” job out of uni or a student still at uni looking for a job or internship on the side, there may be some bumps along the way. For many, the job hunt can be hard and these are some struggles you may be experiencing while trying to enter the competitive world of work.

The tedious process of tailoring your resume and cover letter

It’s generally not a struggle at the beginning of your job hunt. But once you’re getting onto the tenth job application, tailoring your CV and cover letter to each different job can be a very tedious task.  There are only so many adjectives you can use to describe yourself and previous experience before you begin to run out.

Completing so many job applications you’ve forgotten what you’ve applied for

If there are a lot of jobs being advertised that’s a good thing – it means the job market is strong. However, with so many to apply for, you may forget which ones you’ve applied for and which ones you haven’t yet. You might even get a reply inviting you for an interview and you have no recollection of applying. It may be best to keep a list of applications or an email folder dedicated to the positions you’ve applied for.

Your friends and family asking you: “How’s the job hunt going?”

It’s natural for friends and family to be interested in your job hunt, wanting to know what kind of roles you’re applying for and what companies you’re interested in. But when everyone is constantly asking you, you’ll end up saying the same things over and over again. It’ll get to the point where you just don’t want to talk about jobs anymore, especially if all you have to report on is job rejections – which is probably something you don’t want to have to dwell upon too much.

Not hearing any response at all

The job application process can feel like a job in itself with how time consuming it is. With all the effort you put it in to your applications, it’s nice to receive an acknowledgement of your application. But very often, this isn’t the case.  When you don’t hear anything, even if you’re unsuccessful, it just leaves you in a state of limbo of the unknown. Particularly if it’s a job you really want, you’ll want to hear the news either way.

No after no, rejection after rejection

This will be a struggle you’ll know too well if you’ve been job seeking for a while and all you seem to be getting is the “Thanks but no thanks” emails.  You consider yourself to be a strong applicant – you have experience and a good degree under your belt. Yet all you seem to be receiving is the dreaded “Thanks for your application, but…” emails.  

Each rejection gets harder because it just prolongs your time in this job hunt situation which no one wants to be in long term.  But, with perseverance, it will be just a matter of time when the right role comes along and hopefully it will all have been worth it.

Olivia Morris

Olivia is a lover of gin, everything Harry Potter and all things travel.  She is currently completing her Masters of Media Practice at the University of Sydney.

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