Are you checking your email every hour on the hour to see if that job offer you’ve been waiting on has finally come? Have you made indeed.com your new homepage? Are you in such desperate need of an internship or summer job that you’ve considered putting your morals aside to get it? (too far?) Well, me too! As many of you know, I will be graduating in May and with only 10 days until I cross that stage, sadly, I am without a single offer from ANYWHERE. As I watch my classmates post their graduate school acceptance letters and job offers on Instagram and Facebook, I try my best to suppress all feelings of jealously and comparison that may try to creep up, but I’m only human. I prayed, “Lord, where is my internship? Why haven’t I gotten my offer yet? Where is my blessing?” And, no lie, I’m almost positive that I heard the Lord tell me in the gentlest voice to “Shut up.”
I found myself in this very same position last summer, after applying to over 30 locations, securing one interview, and not getting a single offer. But during that summer, broke and stuck in the house, the Lord was able to speak to me and show me that I needed to slow my row and let him place what opportunities that he desires for me in my path. What made this year and last year similar and different, were the number of rejections and non-responses I received. This year, like the former, although I got a number of non-responses, the number of rejections decreased (even though I did get a rejection letter from a program TWICE, just in case I didn’t get the message the first time ) but now, it seems as if I’m playing the waiting game with a bunch of faceless recruiter and HR directors.
But in the meantime, here are some of the things that I’ve learned along the way:
- Apply where you are qualified: This is one thing that has helped to decrease the number of rejections that I receive in my inbox. Sometimes, you’re just not what a company is looking for, and that’s ok. But if you read a job description and find that your resume fits the requirements to a tee, APPLY! But listen, if you’re a biology major looking to trade paths and enter the entertainment industry, save yourself the trouble by applying somewhere you are qualified for first, then use that place as a stepping stone to gain related experience in the field you are looking to change to. That way you get the job and the experience. Work smarter, not harder.
- Don’t compare yourself: Read this again and again. This will kill your confidence quicker than any rejection letter could, so make sure you’re being kind to yourself in this process. I know that social media will have you thinking that you’re not doing enough or not good enough, but you really are, I promise. If you need to take a break from trolling… I mean… strolling down your Instagram timeline, then do that. Focus on you and your journey, not @_browngirl___bigdreams2015’s.
- Indeed.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter are your best friends right now: These websites come in handy during the job and internship search because they are always posting new openings. If you do not have a LinkedIn page, then I’m going to kindly ask you to stop reading this post and go make one (I’ll be here when you’re finished lol). You have access to thousands of employers, employees, and openings through this website and your profile can lead recruiters straight to you. Also, Twitter is not just a place for you to vent about your day and post your “Relationship Goals.” No, use it as a tool to network and seek opportunities from the real people who have your dream job! So use it, don’t abuse it.
- Stay prayed up and believe: Your time is coming; God has not forgotten about you. I often times have to remind myself this very same thing and it’s just as important for you to know as well. One verse that has blessed me through this process comes from Jerimiah 29:11-14 that says, “’For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord.” One thing my online Pastor Steven Furtik said is, “God can do anything for anyone, at anytime, anywhere, through anything that He so chooses.” So what you worried about? No really, what you worried about?
I also made my first YouTube video concerning this topic, so feel free to watch it below! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and comment, telling me what you think. (more videos on the way)
I’m looking forward to updating you all on this beautifully chaotic journey of mine and will be sure to share any good news involving my post-grad endeavors. So stay tuned, you’ll know when I do.
You’ve just been served.