Fun Ways To Job Search This Summer
Today’s post is a guest post from my friend, Mila! Enjoy!
New graduates, from undergrad and grad school alike, are in the throws of job searching right now. And guess what: it sucks! Job searching is the actual worst, and that’s not just my opinion, others are noticing too. Millennials are having a hard time getting jobs, and it’s not really our fault. Companies are requiring more and more experience for so called “entry-level” positions, while those expensive degrees we got into debt for feel like they were for nothing.
But, as difficult as it is, we have to keep hitting the grindstone. You earned your degree, and it’s going to help your eventual salary potential! You just have to keep fighting to find a job. I know it’s frustrating to send out resume after resume, writing countless cover letters, going to interviews, only to be passed up and on the search again. But you got this! Just take some time to chill during the process, or you’ll stress yourself to death. Plus, frustration leads to poor job searching efforts, and a cool-headed job seeker will be more likely to find a position.
With it being summer, it’s the perfect time to multitask productively while enjoying some fun in the sun! Here are some tips to help boost your search and also relax while you do it:
Vamp up your resume … in the park!
You’ve probably been cooped up in your house this last month agonizing over a hundred different applications. But keeping cooped up inside is not helping your spirit or your mind. Get outside and get some air! Take a blanket and your laptop and head out to a park; hopefully the fresh air will refresh your mind and help you tackle your resume tweaking with some new inspiration.
There are two things you have to be careful of while doing this. One, make sure your new inspiration is based on fact; I know it’s tempting to want to jazz up your resume with some seemingly harmless fibs, but lying on your resume can have some serious consequences should you actually land the job, one of which is termination.
Second thing to worry about? Where you put your blanket. There are some people out there who are not vigilant about picking up after their dogs … not a fun surprise to find on your blanket later … (definitely not speaking from experience).
Roam the job posting sites … at a bistro!
You’ve spent too many weeks sitting at home absentmindedly scrolling through job sites while drinking crappy coffee from your kitchen and eating whatever leftovers you can find. So how about you you treat yourself to a nice brunch and an iced latte on the patio of a local bistro? Since most businesses have free Wi-Fi, you’re free to bring your laptop and browse all the job sites and postings your heart desires, and as it turns out, job searching is a whole lot more fun while sipping on bottomless mimosas.
Some suggestions for job hunting sites include Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, and Craigslist, but be cautious on these sites, as not all postings are legit. Keep yourself safe and know the signs of a scam so that your information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
Some suggestions for mimosas are peach juice and grapefruit juice, but you can’t go wrong with classic orange juice.
Prepare your social media … poolside!
Spending all this time inside, you’re probably looking a little ghostly and vitamin D deprived from the lack of sun. Well, nothing says “chill summer” like sunbathing in a lounge chair next to a pool! You’re likely to be scrolling through your phone while relaxing in the sun, so you might as well take the opportunity to scrutinize and optimize your social media for your job search. You may think your social media is just for you, but potential employers are likely to check your social media to see what kind of person you are. Making sure your social media profiles are private and that visible aspects, such as your profile picture, are professional — or at least appropriate — could mean the difference between getting a job or getting rejected.
Something else you need to take time to scrutinize: sunscreen! Sure, basking in all that sunshine is wonderful for your mood at the time, but if you come out of it fried to a crisp, you’re not gonna have a fun time the rest of the week — not to mention the potential life-long damage a sunburn can do to your skin. So take the time to choose and put on a good sunscreen to make sure you can enjoy the benefits of the sun without the painful and permanent repercussions.
Job searching these days is extremely stressful, especially when it’s seemingly endless and fruitless. But stressing too much is not only bad for your mental health, it’s bad for your physical health as well. So take these tips to help you lower your stress and chill out while you job search this summer. Best of luck to you! Let us know how it goes!
Mila Sanchez is a writer with a BA in English Linguistics living in beautiful Boise, ID. Her ambitions include traveling the world, studying languages, and taking pictures of her dog, Baymax. Connect with her on twitter and instagram!