Searching for jobs is exhausting. Many people argue that finding a job is a job in of itself. That’s why, after months of looking for a job, it’s hard to see the big picture and remember your larger goals. In this moment, you might find yourself saying “I’ll take any job at this point!” You might even be wishing you applied for a job you weren’t actually interested in. Anything is better than the tiring, insecure, unsettling job search, right?
I’ve had many of those moments these past few weeks. I’ve thought to myself “Why am I doing this? There’s no job out there for me right now.” I’ve questioned my own abilities, my experience and wondered if I’ll ever find a job I love. But today I tried to remember why I am putting in all this effort.
All the stress, job workshops, meetings with advisers, resume edits, cover letter updates are worth the pain because I’m trying to advance my career and find a meaningful job I love. If I settle for a job I don’t love, I won’t give it my all and I’ll end up doing a disservice to myself and my future – I’ll be in a job I don’t truly enjoy with no real desire to improve and show the company how valuable I can be. That’s why, no matter how hard it is, no matter how long the process takes, I hope that I never settle for just any job. I would not want a company to hire me if there was no work for me to be done and similarly, I shouldn’t want to be hired if I’m not interested in the work they do.
At the end of the day, I know that I have done the ‘right things.’ I’ve been focusing on my career throughout university, I’ve reached out to my network of friends and professionals, and I’ve updated my cover letter and resume to the best they can be right now. All that I have left to do is persevere and continue searching and applying until the job that I love comes along. And when it does, I’ll be thankful that I didn’t settle earlier for just any job.