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Placement is over.

School is over.

I’m currently volunteering at the rape crisis centre, working as part of a coalition of women against honour killings, writing a policy paper. I will also be training as a volunteer in the Energy Exchange program at a local yoga studio, so I can get me some free yoga (stoked!).

And I’ve been cruising charityvillage like its my job, looking for work. Like, REAL people jobs. Yes, it is time for the transition from student life to the real world.

I’ve been in this position before, 2 years ago, when I completed my Masters and thought I could easily get any job I wanted. Boy – was I wrong. So, so wrong. And now I’m here again.

So I’ve thought up a few tips and tricks for applying to jobs, and keeping my sanity in the process.

1. Winning is in the details — It can be incredibly time-consuming and tedious editing and catering your cover letter and resume to each job and its specific requirements, but it is well worth it. The Executive Director at the rape crisis centre I volunteer at, told me that if she reviews an application, and the covering letter does not include the qualifications listed in the job advertisement, she does not even bother looking at the resume. So use what the job advertisement gives you to write your cover letter.

2. Not the exact job you want? Apply anyways — Even though my ideal job is to be a counsellor, I have been applying to administrative positions that are for organizations I can see myself working at. Because when a counselling position opens up in that organization, I will have the advantage of already knowing how the organization works, of knowing the hiring members, and have access to internal postings. Admin might not be the job you want, but it is a sure stepping stone to the job you do want.

3. “Hi, my name is Rachel, and I am looking for a job” — Spread the word to everyone you know that you are looking for work. You never know who might have a connection that can help you out. I once got a contact name and number from a woman working in a butcher shop who happened to have a friend in my line of work. Random help from strangers does happen!

4. Use your free time to try different things — While you could spend every waking minute at your computer searching job postings and firing off resumes til your fingers fall off, you might suffer from application-burn-out. This is quite common. Instead of this approach, try getting outdoors, picking up an old, forgotten-about hobby, visiting friends and family you’ve neglected, and trying new things (cooking, exercise, exploring your city, gardening…). Given the frustrations that often accompany the job search, it is a good idea to keep a level head by taking time for self care.

Wish me luck folks! And if you know of any jobs in counselling, refer to #3 and pass me the info!

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