You have worked four hard long years at college pursuing your education to provide a better future for yourself. After months of looking for employment you have had no luck. Do not panic, there is hope for you. If you survived college, you can make it through this challenge of being unemployed in the “real world”.
First realize you are not alone, there are countless people who are facing the same situation as you. This is no easy circumstance to manage, but the most important thing is to focus on your goals. It is fairly easy to get depressed during this time of uncertainty. But there are three critical areas you need to focus on at this time to reach your goals: attitude, employment, and finances.
- Encourage yourself. Everyday look in the mirror recite positive things about you to maintain yourself esteem. Make sure you believe what you recite.
- Write down a list of 5 short term and long term goals. Be sure this list is as realistic as possible. After writing your list, look at each goal you have set for yourself. Devise a plan of action for each of them.
- Think positive. The goals you have set for yourself will not come overnight and will require much time and effort. You may fail at your first attempt, but you have to keep trying.
- Accept employment that will provide an income until you land your dream job.
- Keep your resume, and cover letter updated. Change your objective to suit the job you are applying for because this is the first thing employers typically review following your name. Make sure your cover letter does not sound generic, use your cover letter as a way to make your personality and skills shine.
- Remember to network and exhaust all resources when possible. Reach out to former professors, and classmates who may work in your desired field to inform them you are looking for employment.
- Intern if you need to. Your internship may open doors to employment if you work hard and get recognized by your internship. You could also use this as an opportunity to network, the other employees may know someone hiring.
- Move back in with family or relatives. Consider moving back home with your family if you have not already to save some money.
- Sell unused or unwanted items. In order to make ends meet, sell off old text books, unused or unwanted electronics, and anything else you no longer use that might be worth money.
- Use classified ads to offer services. Offer any services you feel you can provide based on your knowledge and experience at a competitive rate on classified ads.
- Consolidate or defer your college loan payments. Call up all your college loan lenders to see how much you owe and do some research on companies that will consolidate. Apply to a financial or economic hardship deferment for all of your loans.