17 Obstacles You Tackle When Searching For Your First Job

As much as we try to resist it, summer will soon be drawing to a close, and with September comes a new wave of opportunities for first job-seekers.

For many, this is the time to properly introduce themselves to the job market; fresh graduates and young professionals will soon be finishing summer with high hopes for kick starting their professional careers.

But hold your horses.

Because before long you’ll encounter these frustrating obstacles:


1. Your CV is a dark void

You know you’re amazing and talented. But without actual work experience on your CV, there’s no way of showing this. Grrrr

Your CV is a dark void

2. Employers want you to perform magic by having more experience than working years

FYI employers: You will never find a new graduate intern at age 21 with 5 years of experience. Just no.

having more experience than working years

3. All the positions with your level of experience are unpaid

Do I look like a volunteer?

All the positions with your level of experience are unpaid

4. You apply for everything and anything

It’s hard to know where begin. So I’ll begin… everywhere?

You apply for everything and anything

5. Finally finding a suitable job offer and having to sign up to ANOTHER website in order to apply

Hopefully this will be the one..?

finding a suitable job offer

6. Trying to appear professional on all social networks

All those years of university antics don’t seem so funny anymore. *Cue extensive privacy settings check.*

Trying to appear professional on all social networks

7. You lose count of how many applications you’ve sent

Is 20 a day too much?

You lose count of how many applications you’ve sent

8. …and to whom.

So many companies. They all merge into one.
So many companies

 9. Feelings of desperation consume you

Hire me..? Please…?!

Feelings of desperation consume you

10. Before long you’re considering giving up and taking a sabbatical

you’re considering giving up

 11. Until you realise that those bills aren’t going to pay themselves

Welcome to the real world.

those bills aren’t going to pay themselves

12. And then someone suddenly calls you for an interview

someone suddenly calls you for an interview

13. You’re so surprised that you’re completely unprepared

 you’re completely unprepared

 14. And then you have to find interview-worthy clothes

to find interview-worthy clothes

 15. …which turn out to be way too formal

*cough* *cough* “Spot the newbie”

which turn out to be way too formal

16. Then the questions asked in the interview leave you stuttering

HINT: avoid these common mistakes!

questions asked in the interview

17. When you think you nailed it but you never hear from them EVER AGAIN

you nailed it

**RESTART PROCESS**


But, in the end, it will all be worth it to land you a position that will pave the way towards your dreams!

Were these struggles too familiar for you?

Find more tips and tricks to help you on your professional path here!

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