Growing up and entering the real world can be a confusing and overwhelming process.
A big part of becoming a fully-functioning adult is finding a job, which would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that finding a job can be quite hard.
Sometimes, looking for a job can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack and, when you finally locate the needle, another slightly more qualified person comes along with a big massive magnet.
Other times, it can feel like trying to find Wally in a ‘Where’s Wally?’ book.
But you’re up against a guy who already has contacts in the business.
I have been looking for a graduate job for a while now and am therefore quite familiar with the application process.
A lot of job applications begin with a CV.
A CV is a summary of professional and academic achievements but it might be better described as a Verification of Awesomeness.
Sometimes, the pressure of living up to the sheer magnificence of your on-paper personality in an interview can be overwhelming.
When I first started doing interviews, I used to get quite nervous, something that manifested itself in a somewhat debilitating tendency to panic and say the first thing that came into my head.
Occasionally, I would find myself on the verge of an existential breakdown.
I would practice questions for hours before an interview.
Only to completely lose my grasp of the English language once the interview actually commenced.
Recently, I have been actively trying to improve my interview technique, something that has enabled me to answer a wide range of questions more effectively.
However, I still encounter questions that completely throw me.
Due to the increasingly saturated nature of the graduate job market, the hiring process is more complex than it has been in the past.
Modern technology has enabled the traditional face-to-face interview to mutate and evolve into various different subspecies.
As a candidate, you have to be highly flexible and ready to make a good first impression in any of these mediums.
In addition, many companies now implement a multi-stage application process in order to gradually whittle down the high numbers of applications that they receive.
In order to access their suitability for the job, applicants have to face several tasks which is a bit like competing in the Triwizard Tournament but with less mortal peril and more collaborative group-based assessments.
Due to the competitive nature of the graduate job market, it is important to remain resilient in the face of rejection.
Over the past few months, I have developed some coping mechanisms which have really helped me deal with some of the setbacks that I have encountered.
Despite this, it is sometimes quite difficult to remain positive.