“There are no entry level jobs anymore,” reading that line in this article I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I obviously knew this was the case, that no entry level jobs exist. I still think I am relatively new to the job market, even though I have been working since 2013. I want and need a job where I can be trained up and something which will allow career progression.
Going through multiple job postings a day it is very easy to feel disheartened and feel like you have no experience whatsoever. I also get very anxious applying for jobs, probably due to imposter syndrome, I start overthinking and then I never apply. I was feeling all of this earlier today and I am channeling that frustration in to writing this post. The top skill I emphasize in all my cover letters and CV is my written communication, so what better way to highlight it than write a post on everything I have learnt in the last few months while applying for jobs.
For example one thing I have learnt in the last little while is that everyone will give you advise whether you like it or not.
- Take the first job that comes your way even if you do not like it, then spend time looking the right job in your field.
- You need a niche!
- Be patient with yourself.
- “Is there any other courses you can take to learn new skills?”
- Excel! Databases!
- Get Linkedin, reach out to people.
- First job is always the hardest to find, after that it will get much easier!
- “Anushka I think the best option for you is to get a policy job in government.”
But I really should teach myself Excel.
I really should take the first job that comes my way, as money is nice to have.
I don’t have a niche, I said that in my very first post on this blog. I studied marketing, international business and international relations. I’ve worked in media intelligence and human rights, there is no clear career path which is exciting but also stressful.
Its really hard to write cover letters for jobs you are not excited about, but you have to apply for them anyway because you need a job. Networking is important, making contacts is important and most of them time people are really glad that you have reached out to them.
There are days when I feel that I am useless, especially when the generic rejection emails come in. There are days when I wonder if studying as much as I did was a good idea, I have a lot of self doubt. I can’t take any new courses, three degrees is enough and my student loan is massive, I will teach myself stuff (I currently have a tab open on my computer that says SEO for wordpress). Volunteering is a great option, I got to intern last year for Amnesty International and got a lot from that experience. It is a bit stressful having to need years of experience for some volunteering roles, but that’s just how the working world operates in 2017. It sucks, but that’s how it is.
Random tips that I am trying to implement in my life:
- The minute you see a new job posting apply for it, do not delay.
- Treat the job hunt like a job, don’t stay in you PJs till 2:30pm and search for jobs in bed like I did today.
- Be grateful for the advise, even if it may not be the most useful advise.
- Be grateful you have the opportunity to apply for work.
The biggest thing I have learnt is to be patient and have no expectations, make use of of your free time and learn new things! Also have at least one free day a week where you don’t stare at the computer all day. There will be many hard days but eventually someone will take a chance on you and me, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Good luck to all you job hunters out there!