Most people have heard the adage “job-hunting is a full-time job,” but what often goes unsaid is that it’s pretty much the worst full-time job. It’s tedious, you have to work weekends, there are no happy hours with coworkers, and to top it all off, it doesn’t even pay the bills (well, at least not right away). So if you’ve been searching for months and are nowhere near landing your dream job, it’s understandable that you sometimes feel like you want to throw up your hands, open a bottle of wine, and call it quits. But before you start looking for sturdy cardboard boxes to live in, try first to remember these 5 important things, here on Thought Catalog.
If you’ve gone on several job interviews in a row, you might feel like you’re getting asked the same boring questions over and over… but that doesn’t mean you get to give boring answers. My newest blog post for Fundamentum tells you how to keep your interviewer interested and engaged, even if for you it feels like Groundhog’s Day.
Update: This article is now also featured in the business section of the Huffington Post.
There are few things more stressful for a 20-something than making it out of college and into the Real World, only to realize the career you’ve been pursuing isn’t for you. I can personally attest to this fact, having recently made the decision that even though I took the LSAT, spent hundreds of dollars on applications, and years working at law firms, I do *not* in fact want to go to law school to become an attorney.
But this wasn’t the first time I had planned out a career only to have it come crashing down around me, as my mother reminded me during a recent phone call. There was a time in my life I thought I wanted to be “a rainforest-dwelling assassin, hunting poachers in the name of defending the tigers.”
I know, right!?
In recalling that childhood story, I make some realizations about myself and about selecting careers in general, and it’s all here, in my new article for Thought Catalog.