It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Find A Job After Graduation

It Shouldn't Be This Hard To Find A Job After Graduation

"Just find a job; it'll be easy," they said.
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Job hunting is the absolute worst.

How many of you have applied to 5, 10, 30 jobs in the last few months just to get nothing but rejection emails with the iconic message: "Thank you for your application, but we are contacting candidates who we feel are a better fit for our position."

No interview. Nothing.

Even though the application described a candidate with your degree, your experience and your interests, they still did not see the potential to pull you in for an interview.

It is truly puzzling to consider what employers are really looking for. I've heard it said that most employers use a computerized program to decide which applicants to pull based on some system that analyzes your resume for keywords or phrases that they are looking for. Yet, even when my resume is fine-tuned with the words used in their job posting, including beautifully crafted descriptions of my relevant experience and bachelor's degree that all prepare me to be a candidate for their position, none of it seems to matter.

But the true question is, who are getting these interviews?

If a college graduate with several years of experience through internships and other work cannot even get an interview for an entry-level position, then who can?

It is true that oftentimes networking is key to obtaining some of the positions that are most desired after graduation. The issue with this is finding the right person to network with. I can't tell you how many times I have met with individuals who were very kind and gave me wonderful advice, mentioning how I would be a fantastic fit for their team, just to be told after our conversation that they have absolutely no sway in who is hired for their department.

Parents and other adults in the workforce just don't understand how difficult it is for a recent college graduate to break into their career. A job should be more than just a way to make money; it should also be something that you feel passionate about. For that reason, there's nothing wrong with being picky about what positions you apply for. But, even still, it should not be as difficult it is to get a job when you know you are a qualified candidate.

It really makes me wonder what less qualified individuals do to get hired when I look at my resume, think about my GPA, and consider how hard I worked in college to get a degree that would mean something when I applied for jobs. If I cannot even get an interview, what about those who had less leadership and internship experience?

The fact is, job hunting is hard. It is stressful and mind-numbing work that oftentimes gives nothing but rejection for the hard work you put in. But keep up hope, eventually, something will come your way!

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone

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For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

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Cassidy
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Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.

Cassidy
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