Whether you’re applying for part-time work or beginning to search in your intended field, there’s one thing all undergrads (or recent grads) have in common when it comes to applying for jobs: none of us have any idea what we are doing. From developing a resume to participating in mock interviews the whole process of applying for jobs — any job — is terrifying and probably leaves you thinking some (if not all) of the following things. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone in this.
1. What is the point of a cover letter if I have a CV???
Surely an employer isn’t going to take the time to read both. Either my CV is impressive enough to land me an interview or it isn’t.
2. What the hell do I put on my CV?
My name…my phone number…uh now what…
3. Internship…or you want me to work for you for free?
I understand that internships are supposed to be learning opportunities as well as a way for those of us just starting out in our respective fields to get our foot in the door and make connections, but does it bother anybody else that companies essentially exploit poor students for free labor?
4. Mental note-to-self: I need to start networking more.
That way I’ll know someone in the industry I can reach out to come graduation (or ASAP if you just graduated).
5. Ooh, this looks promising!
“Part-time receptionist needed, £11/hour, up to 32 hours/week.” I can type, have loads of experience talking on the phone, not to mention I have a high school diploma. I’d be perfect for this!
6. Now that I’ve finished my rant, time to apply to some of these prestigious programs…
…and give up any hope of paying off student loans in the near future.
7. List all prior work experience in related fields? Wait. I thought this was an entry level job.
Now I need at least two years minimum experience answering phones and making copies to apply? How does anyone gain experience if no one will hire you without it?
8. I’m just going to BS my way through this application in order to make myself sound more impressive.
“Most recent leadership role in the workplace?” Let’s see… Oh, “I was the counselor in charge of snack time at the pool and I’ll have you know not a single camper went hungry while I was on duty.” Yeah, that should impress the folks over at human resources.
9. Do professors and families I’ve babysat for count as qualified recommendations?
Because c’mon – 3 recommendations is a lot.
10. After all, you must deceive to achieve! (Or isn’t that how the saying goes?)
The top of my CV reads “Extremely Outgoing, highly professional, and well organized” of which I am none of these things. This is good, I am off to a strong start.
11. I want to cry.
It feels like the universe is against me becoming an adult capable of contributing to society (or the economy) in any real way.
12. HA! £6/hour, that’s a good one!
*scrolls furiously past this highly offensive job posting*
13. Not quite desperate enough yet to become a stripper.
Damn morals getting in my way again.
14. Or better yet I should just focus on my “studies” – Mrs. degree here I come!
Because I don’t need a job if I marry rich, right?
15. Life is so unfair.
Why couldn’t I be born with an undeniable gift in athletics or model-good looks so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding work. For example, does anybody honestly know what the hell the Kardashians do? I don’t, but I know they’re raking it in like drug lords. What is your secret, ladies? Please, spread the wealth so that us lowly peasants may have an opportunity to rise as you have.
16. Okay, I’ve been to every job site twice, applied to countless listings and heard back from no one. Time for plan B:
Start contacting places I would actually want to work for and see what they have available. Fingers crossed this pays off because I don’t have a plan C!
17. Okay, I’m actually going to cry.
18. Why wasn’t “applying for jobs” taught in secondary school?
Forget the classic complaints of not learning about taxes and balancing checkbooks (all very well and practical skills that functioning adults need to know). But without first developing the skills to effectively apply for jobs I literally won’t have to pay taxes because I won’t be earning an income nor will I have any money to put in the bank, therefore nullifying my need for a checkbook. So I ask you, why am I now, in my early twenties, struggling to provide for myself yet able to explain with perfect clarity what a rhombus is? #WhereIsTheLogic?
19. BRB, Crying.
20. Finally, someone hired me!
I am worthy, praise the heavens, we are saved! Now, all I have to do is show up to work everyday, participate like an adult, and try not to die (but at least I’ll be making money).
Yes, applying for jobs and looking for work is scary and nerve-racking when you’re just starting out but the good news is it gets easier…LOL. Applying for jobs will always be hard work but the payoff (aka payday) is worth it. Good luck fellow yuppies, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Have any advice for those of us applying for jobs? Share in the comments!
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A MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MAJOR WITH A CONCENTRATION IN WRITING, CATHERINE TRANSFERRED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA FROM PITT IN THE FALL OF 2016 AND IS LOVING THE WARM WEATHER AND PALM TREES! SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO TRAVELING AND EXPERIENCING ALL THAT COLLEGE HAS TO OFFER BEFORE GRADUATING in 2018 AND CONTINUING TO WRITE PROFESSIONALLY.