This is an important month. While some highly competitive firms have finalized the end of their recruiting process, other companies are just starting. Just like school, the job search process can be very taxing. You want to make sure that you have stamina to persevere until the very end.
Here are some tips:
1. Put God first.
Realize that the main purpose of getting a job is so that we can do God’s work in the marketplace, church, or wherever you end up. It is not to make a certain amount of money or to have a certain status around a group of people.
“31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
2. Celebrate every small accomplishment in the process.
For some people, it may seem silly to celebrate very small accomplishments. However, my Alexander Technique teacher, Jennifer, told me that that could be further from the case. When we celebrate even small steps, that can increase our motivation to keep going. Whereas if we feel that every small step we take doesn’t matter, we can lose motivation and burn out very quickly.
3. Have a supportive group of Christian friends who care about your progress.
I think for me, this has been the most energizing part of the job process. I enjoy having a group of friends that are genuinely interested in hearing about your process and supporting you along the way.
4. Realize that if it doesn’t work out, then maybe it isn’t a good fit.
There will be several people who will tell you that while they were initially disappointed by a rejection, in hindsight, it may not have been the best choice for them.
5. Understand that there may be a huge learning curve you did not anticipate, but with time, you will get through.
Up until about a month ago, I had no idea that some of the jobs that I was applying for recruited way early from certain schools, and my school is not on the network. However, I realize now that I have more knowledge for the future when I apply.
6. Realize that at the end of the day, the process helps you learn more about yourself and gives you a better idea of life direction. Even if you don’t get the job, it is likely that you developed a new skill on the way.
I think that is the most important thing about the job search. Often times, it helps us realize where we want the rest of our college life to go. Chances are, you probably also improved your interviewing skills or something else along the way.
Here is an article about career direction from Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
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