Listen, we’re all plenty talented and smart. We know what we’re doing (most of the time) yet we continue to put applications out there and get no responses from employers. So what are we to do? Well here’s my motivation for you to keep on trying!
Edit that ish!
Look out for that one spelling or grammatical error. I know it sounds ridiculous, but a recruiter will throw out a resume for just one mistake because it shows that you didn’t do a final edit of your work. Just trust me on this one. Go to bed after editing tonight and look at it again in the morning. You’ll be surprised by how much difference a night of sleep can make to your written work.
Broaden your search
I know there’s a fear of compromising so much that your resume doesn’t look cohesive anymore. For example, you might not want to take a marketing job if you’re looking to do finance once you graduate. My advice? In addition to looking for specific job functions like marketing or finance, look for companies that you want to work for. Apply anywhere in that company and ask to do some extra work in the department that you’re more interested in. The experience and references will prove to be invaluable in the future.
Do something other than apply for jobs
The further you get into the summer, the more likely it is for recruiters to ask what you’ve been doing since school ended. Volunteer, write, read, or literally do anything that you can tell a recruiter about. If they hear that you’ve been sitting around and applying for jobs for months with little success, they will likely look harder at your application.
Get on a plane
How many times have we been rejected from jobs because we “lack enthusiasm”? Maybe you do lack enthusiasm. Maybe you’re in the wrong industry. Maybe you need to rethink what you’re studying. Maybe you just need to get away. You have to ask yourself if a job is what you really want this summer. Is there anything else that you’ve wanted to do to make yourself a better person or otherwise experience? Now might be a good time to get on that.
How will you plan the rest of your summer?