Job Searching: Like an Extra Job that I Don’t Get Paid For (Yet)

My Google Calendar looks like a game of Tetris. I’m fairly convinced that the beginning of spring semester is so terribly busy because everyone at any given institution is refreshed, renewed, and ready to delegate, collaborate, (and by February, commiserate). January and February are a Student Affairs marathon: RA Recruitment and Selection, major new programs, events, and initiatives, recruitment for many student groups, presentations, conferences, retreats, grad program interview days, and so much more.

Don’t get me wrong, I down right love this stuff. I’m a human interaction junkie. But we all know that this time of year is completely exhausting. I am going to wake up some morning in March and have a student engagement hangover (this is characterized by a mild sinus infection and the sudden realization that I have an annotated bibliography due in 2 days).

And this year, for kicks, Job Searching has been tossed into the milieu of my life. Okay, it’s not really for kicks, it’s because I’m graduating and would very sincerely love to have gainful employment and a place to live.

THE JOB SEARCH (this is how I think of it, in all capital letters, also it’s in Sean Connery’s voice in my head) takes a considerable amount of time. Cover letters don’t write themselves? I can’t get a text alert every time a new job is posted? Whoopsies! If only this were the case, I wouldn’t be job searching during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But one month into THE JOB SEARCH, I am determined to be aggressive and invest as much time as possible, because this is really my future. Dual job searching makes things even more lovely and amusing; I am seriously considering putting a map up on the wall and noting his and hers application locations. At least I feel that my prioritizing and organizational skills gained during grad school have prepared me to orchestrate an intense job search.

Perhaps the silver lining is that I’m still very optimistic; after all, it’s still a bit early for rejections.