It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing now. Today we hear from “I Just Want A New Job” who graduated from college last May, was working in a temporary entry-level position, and had been looking for a new job for months while starting to feel a lot of anxiety about how long the process was taking:
“I’ve had several interviews which haven’t worked out (and plenty of non-responses to CVs, which I actually find easier to deal with), and it’s taking a toll on my self-esteem. Objectively, I know that I’m good at what I do, that finding a job takes time, and that, given that I have a job, I’m already in a good place. When I have received feedback, it’s been really positive (but they’ve just had a slightly better candidate too). However, every time something doesn’t work out, I feel worse and worse about myself, and I find myself stuck in thought-cycles about how terrible I am and how I’m never ever going to find something new.”
Some news from her, after the jump.
If you have other early-career grads reading, for context for them from me, as I’d have loved to know how long it might take, and how many roles I might have needed to apply for, I applied for 41 jobs over the seven months I was looking, was interviewed for 15 positions, including several second round interviews (and I’m leaving the process with two interviews still open, but for positions which aren’t as good as the one I’m taking). It took a while, but I got there!
Yay – congrats on the new job. I’m so glad the advice was helpful and that you’re able to share some insight with others who may also be looking for a new job and feeling a similar frustration.
If you’re someone I’ve given advice to in the past, I’d love to hear from you, too. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the original post, and let me know whether you followed the advice and how you’re doing now.
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