These are lyrics from Wilson Phillips Hold On song and I keep repeating them to myself as I’m currently in a cycle of work, study, sleep and repeat. It’s my final year of my Graduate Diploma and this current assignment is causing a few headaches so I keep telling myself to hold on, it won’t be forever. Today is the last day of lectures and I know many will be finishing off assignments as I type this. Some like me will still have another week or so ahead of them. And then come the exams. All in all it’s a fairly stressful time of year and there will be many of us holding on looking forward to when things do change for the better!
Even when we are not studying there are many situations where something or someone is causing difficulties for us but we can’t give up, we just have to get through it. Looking for a job is a bit like that! It’s always more time consuming than we think and as one graduate said to me yesterday “it’s a full time job trying to find a job!” It does require perseverance, commitment and motivation.
Sometimes all you can do is put one foot in front of another or, as one of my colleagues suggested, type one letter, then another, then another. I followed her advice and it actually got me through my writer’s block because I stopped focusing on the big picture and just focused on one small section. With job searching we can get so caught up in the fear and pressure of “I need a job NOW” that sometimes it overwhelms us and we don’t job search effectively and we don’t produce high quality applications. Consider slowing it down, focus on one day at a time or even one hour at a time and ask ‘what will I achieve in that day/hour?’ You might apply for one job only and because of the time and focus you put into that one thing you might find it’s your best application yet and you get an interview. All it takes is one great application followed by one great interview and you’re sorted. It can happen, it does happen, you just need to hold on, break it down and get through it.