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Nobody likes job hunting, this is a simple fact, but when you’ve just left the comfy bubble of uni it can be easy to let the search get you down. With friends seemingly jumping on the career ladder before you, continuously filling out job application after job application with no response can be pretty demoralising. Instead of giving up and hiding under your duvet with your favourite book, take a look at our 5 tips on staying motivated through the job search slog.

Don’t compare yourself to other people

With it seeming like everyone around you is getting their dream job, it can be easy to believe you’ll spend your life working behind the same bar you did before you left for uni. Now that’s totally fine, if that’s what you want, but if you know what you want to go after don’t compare yourself to your friends. Keep at it, and soon you’ll be climbing the ladder next to them.

Ignore negativity

I don’t know about you, but if my parent paid me every time they reminded me that I have no money, my student loan would have been paid off three days after graduation. With people close to you constantly nagging at you about finding work, it can be easy to get so frustrated you want to give up. Ignore them, stay focused, and revel in the fact that you’ll be able to stick two mental figures up at them when you do become employed.

Learn from each application

When I first started job hunting, I hated it. I felt like I was repeating myself a million times over and still not getting any results. Eventually, I realised that the two were linked, and started researching how to improve my applications. Job centre sites, student blogs, there are so many resources available to you to help you progress, and you might learn some interesting things in the process.

Take advantage of local careers guidance

I don’t know about you but, when I was at uni, there seemed to be a million and one emails flooding my inbox daily telling me about careers fairs, guidance sessions, and CV writing seminars which, obviously, I ignored until your final year and gave up when the threat of deadlines took over every spare section of my brain. Luckily, my uni offers services for graduates, and there’s no harm in asking if your university’s careers service offers the same guidance. They might not be able to help you in they same way they could when you were on campus, but a few helpful email tips can be a life saver when you’re filling out your application for that dream job.

Stick to your guns

After 6 months of continuous job hunting, that well paid yet mind numbingly boring city job, that you vetoed immediately after you left campus and the lure of employment and a steady income can start to seem really appealing, but remember to keep focused on what you’ve always been aiming for. Keep focused and try to ignore the ever climbing pile of irrelevant links your friends keep sending you, it sounds cheesy, but you’ll grab hold of your dream job eventually.

There are few things are tedious and demoralising as post graduate job hunting, and eventually the lure of employment and a steady income can distract you from your goals but stick at it, the universe with throw you a bone eventually, and in the mean time enjoy getting to spend your days sitting in your laptop in your pyjamas and drowning your sorrows in free coffee.

23 year old art nerd, lover of bunnies, marmite and Bret Easton Ellis novels.
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