5 Motivational Quotes That Will Get You Through a Frustrating Job Hunt

Another day, another rejection email. Job searching is exhausting! One minute you’re excited for an interview and the next you’re getting a rejection letter. It’s easy for your confidence to dwindle and for you to lose all motivation.

Here are 5 motivational quotes that have helped me regain confidence during my job search.

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“Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” Aisha Tyler

 

 

 

 

2) “The price of success is hard, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best ourselves to the task at hand” Vince Lombardy

 

3) ” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And you believe is great work. Ad the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”  Steve Jobs

 

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” Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”  Nido Qubein

 

 

 

 

5) ” Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds” Marta

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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3 Ways Volunteering can jumpstart your career

Job searching is tough. Your motivation can quickly bottom out after yet another week of sending resumes and connecting with people on LinkedIn. One common hurdle of job seekers is meeting the required minimum of years of work. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get that experience. It’s a catch-22! Often people get discouraged and settle for unfulfilling, low-paid jobs that don’t align with their dream. And this is because most people don’t know how to acquire experience outside of jobs.

Here’s the good news: Volunteering can help you build your experience and make you more marketable! It’s less competitive and always in demand. Best part? There’s an organization for every area of interest. Love dogs? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Love reading? Spend some time shadowing a librarian. The task of finding the right place will not be difficult.

Here are some concrete ways volunteering can maximize your job search and jumpstart your career:

• It gives you experience

Think of volunteering as an unpaid internship. It provides hands-on experience and gives you a feel of the sector you’re looking to find work in. At the same time, it teaches you new skills while providing an opportunity to hone existing ones.

For example, if you choose to volunteer at your local children’s library center as a reader, you will develop communication, reading, writing and interpersonal skills – among others. These are skills that will have real-life application to almost every role. Keep in mind that you don’t have to volunteer in your particular field of interest to develop the skills that will help you land your dream job. That certainly helps, but you can transfer almost every skill you acquire over time.

Furthermore, volunteering can help fill in your employment gaps. Employers are actually impressed with people who dedicate time to a cause they are passionate about. It will work in your favor to mention your volunteer experience and the practical takeaways you learned from it.

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• It provides you with a network

Whether you are volunteering in your career field or a loosely related one, you will have access to a network of colleagues and potential mentors. These are people who can advocate for you when you need a job reference if you impress them with your performance and build rapport with them. They can also share knowledge and resources, which will help you find out about opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

As someone once said ” Your network is your net worth.” Meeting as many people as you can during your volunteering experience can help you maintain connections and grow your network.

• It allows you to test-drive a new career

As a volunteer, you get an immediate sense of the organization and the role you’re in. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new career options without committing to a specific role or industry. You get to observe and work in an environment and learn as much as you can along the way. You also get to meet industry insiders who can answer your questions and teach you a lot from their experience. It not only can give you more perspective and who knows, show you the way to your dream career after all.

Next time you wonder how you can add to your experience, remember that volunteering is a powerful way of acquiring real-life skills. Whether you shadow a few professionals or work in the field with mentors, volunteering can be the filler on your resume that will ultimately impress your future employers and make you more competitive as a job seeker.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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Today’s “Entry Level”: The Ins and Outs of Internships

Today’s job market is not what it once was. There was a time when “entry level” implied that no experience was necessary, and a solid academic record was the only prerequisite for a quality job. The value of a bachelor’s degree is today diluted, and employers now commonly demand an experiential background where they once might not have.

Entry Level Internship

Enter the internship, a rite of passage for students and graduates alike. A resume without any is one that an employer is likely to pass over, so job seekers are well-advised to participate. Internships range from competitive, high-paying posts to the commonly maligned unpaid position. Critics of the latter condemn them as exploitative and insubstantial, but in many cases such judgment is unduly harsh. Let’s take a moment to evaluate the tradeoffs between paid and unpaid internships.

As you begin your search for a meaningful position, you should rid yourself of a couple common misconceptions. The first is that paid internships are by definition higher quality, and the second is that unpaid positions are only offered by employers who are cheap. Here is the simple reality: the likelihood of securing a paid position depends on the field in which you are seeking one. The more lucrative the industry, the more money companies will have at their disposal, and thus the more likely you are to find paid work in that field. Areas like education and social services will have fewer paid positions than industries like financial services or advertising, but this speaks little to the inherent quality of the work. As you search, manage your expectations with this in mind. If you’re seeking a position in a lucrative field, be skeptical of unpaid posts. Conversely, if you’re after work in a public service field, be aware that many meaningful positions will probably be unpaid.

While nothing about unpaid positions makes them inferior by definition, they hold one key disadvantage aside from the obvious. With a paid position, there is a consistent incentive for your employer to saddle you with substantive work—the company needs to ensure they are seeing a return on the money they invest in employing you. This incentive does not exist with an unpaid position. With these, it’s more likely that you’ll act as a reinforcement rather than occupy a more structured niche. This is not a rule however, and again, much depends on the field. You are much more likely to be making copies and coffee runs as an unpaid intern at an advertising agency than you would at a school that truly needs you but simply doesn’t have funds to pay.

At the end of the day, the quality of the work you will do should be your foremost priority when seeking an internship—it is a stepping stone, and future employers will look at how substantive your contributions were above how well you were paid for them. Whether you are looking at paid or unpaid positions, be sure to ask probing questions and do your best to establish what your role will be before you formally accept anything. As always, we will be happy to help you navigate this process during any point.

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