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January 4, 2019 11:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

BY: Ned Khatrichettri, Internship Coordinator in the College of Humanities, University of Utah

I can’t think of anything that can “prepare” you for your job search except maybe listening to or reading about another person’s experience. It’s something you just have to go through. Everyone experiences varying lengths of time and degrees of frustration, but all of your engagements–through submitting job applications, networking, and interviews–will build on each other in unimaginable and dynamic ways. Below are some hard truths worth accepting prior to your journey.

Job hunting is one of the few things in life where you simultaneously do and don’t have any control. For example, once you hit the ‘submit’ button for an online application, there’s nothing else you can do. Fill your mind with positive and healthy distractions: take a walk, apply to other positions, work out in the gym, read a book, etc.

   — It’s a process that takes time. With the first role I accepted, the time from the day I applied to the day it was offered was six months. This included having to go through a six-hour Skype interview.

   — You’ll have more rejections than offers; enjoying the search process and having grit can cushion the emotional exhaustion. JK Rowling is a good example of what perseverance can achieve.

   — It’s a numbers game based on how many jobs you apply for, who you know, and plain luck. You can increase your luck, but you can’t control it.

Everyone goes through this process (of course, few discuss it openly), but it’s important to know that tough times don’t last; tough people do!

AUTHOR: Ned Khatrichettri is an Internship Coordinator in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. He may be contacted at ned.khatrichettri@utah.edu.

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