In our dream world, we’d all land full-time job offers right after grabbing our diplomas. It’s a nice thought, right? But unfortunately, job hunting often takes time. That means that while you’re sending out application after application, you may be feeling bored, impatient, or even frustrated with yourself. Hey, we understand the struggle! But rest assured, you will get to where you need to be. In the meantime, here’s how to keep busy (and stay sane!) during your job hunt.
Start a side hustle.
Landing some extra cash while you’re looking for a permanent role definitely takes some stress off your shoulders. Plus, many side hustles double as awesome resume builders, just as long as the gig aligns well with your future career. For example, you can take on different freelance opportunities like writing, graphic design, or web development.
Consider interning again.
Interning isn’t just for students these days. Many internship roles also accept recent grads! While this might not be your ideal situation, it might be just what your resume needs in order to land a full-time gig later on.
Strengthen your personal brand.
A personal brand extends well beyond your resume, and this can seriously aid you in your job hunt! The first step is understanding who you are as a professional and what you’re capable of. Then, make sure the ways you put yourself out there reflect this understanding. From creating your own website to fine-tuning your social media pages, your image across these channels should remain consistent with your brand.
Many people find comfort in getting involved with a cause after college. It gives you a sense of belonging and value, which is easy to lose when you feel defeated by your job hunt. Volunteering is also a great networking opportunity and resume builder, so it’s a win-win.
It might feel like you need to dedicate all of your time to career-building while you’re out of a job, but this isn’t true! Keep yourself sane by making sure you’re unplugging each day. Step outside and go for a walk, find a nice picnic table and have lunch with friends, or simply lay under a tree and get lost in a book.
Take a class.
Any opportunity to expand your skillset is a great way to spend your downtime while job searching. Maybe you can work toward a certification that’ll seriously benefit your resume!
Look for support.
For every job-hunting struggle you face, you can bet you’re not alone. Look out for different career blogs, advice columns, and podcasts that you can dive into on your free time. These can provide important insights that’ll help you land a job, and give you that sense of comfort knowing that many of the struggles you’re facing are totally normal. It’s also a great idea connecting with friends who are also currently stuck in a job search—even having an understanding ear to vent to is super helpful!
Spend time on your hobby.
Not only is this a great self-care practice, but there’s really no better time to perfect the hobby you love! How about using this as a reward after you’ve sent out ‘x’ amount of job applications?
Do you have any ideas we didn’t list? Share them in the comments below!