Job hunting can be many things, from tiring and time consuming and on the positive side, exciting and inspiring. Whether you’re about to make the transition into graduate work, or just looking for a part-time job alongside your studies – this blog and Careers Services are here for you.

Within this blog we will look at three main aspects of the job-hunting process that might trip you from time to time.

Preparation and where to find a job

"...what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation." - Will Smith, Actor

Ok, preparation is important right? That’s all very well and good, but how exactly should we prepare for looking for work. Here are some handy bitesize tips for you.

Put together a list of useful websites, such as the following:

Next, set up email alerts so you don’t miss the opportunity to apply for your dream job.

Then, create a job search and application schedule that works for you, consider:

  • When you are at your most productive, for some this is first thing in the morning, others thrive more in the afternoon or evening.
  • Make sure that others leave you alone for that up close and personal time with your future (the dog can stay for moral support!).
  • Sometimes music can help you focus, so pop on those lo-fi beats and go with the flow.

Imposter syndrome

Some of the most successful people suffer from imposter syndrome and yet we think they’re great. Take Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Lady Gaga for example. You’re the best possible you, try not to forget that.

Research in 2020 found that 9-82% of people experience impostor syndrome for at least a limited time in their lives. This is a common feeling.

Ideas for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome:

  • Share those feelings with friends, family and us
  • Understand those symptoms – they are probably not based in reality
  • Remember that it’s not possible to be “perfect”
  • Challenge those negative thoughts

You’ve got this!

Resilience and facing rejection

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle, Philosopher

Yes, you’ve spent an unspeakable number of hours on your applications only to face rejection. That hurts and make us feel dejected. But it’s not personal so try not to take it that way.

Here are some things to bear in mind to stand the best possible chance of getting short-listed next time:

  • Make sure you read the job description carefully and make notes.
  • Write in a clear and concise manner.
  • Evidence the requirements and criteria of the role.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the company.

Next steps

Don’t forget to check out our Where to find a job page for useful resources and a list of industry specific job hunting pages.

We can support you with your application. Book an Application Support appointment on CareerHub as you soon as you’re ready to start making an application or need it checked over.

Finally, we are here to support you. Check out our range of services and events on CareerHub and the range of employability-related resources on CareerHub+.