Don't Stress

by Grant Batchelder

Job Search – Round 2

Just two years ago, I was in the middle of my first professional job search. It was an exciting and terrifying time for me. I had many setbacks and disappointments. I was determined to stay in Southern California and continue to go to Disneyland at least once a week. However, I was not getting any interest from potential employees to stay in California. Eventually, I got a job. This job led to the most important adventure of my life.

Now, I am beginning a new job search. I have learned a lot from my current institution and gained many wonderful friends and colleagues. I thought the last job search was hard, but this one makes that seem easy. Last time, I was finishing graduate school and my assistantship, both of which were over early May. This time, I’m working full-time, job searching, and planning a wedding (well assisting in planning the wedding). I had made myself location bound before, now I am person-bound. Not only am I looking for a job, but looking for two in every location; one for me and one for my fiancée. My fiancée has applied to many positions, while I have only applied to a handful. This time around, I have decided to take a different approach. Two years ago, I was a worried mess when it came to my job search and life in general. Now, I am more at ease with myself and my abilities. I am not worried about what will happen if I do not find a job immediately. I know that life will bring me where I’m meant to be and no amount of worrying will hurry that plan along.

This is my little bit of advice for all people job searching at this time: do not stress out. I know that this is the start of your professional life and that you have no plans beyond getting a job, but worrying will not get you a job any sooner. Let life happen, because only when you let life happen can you enjoy this journey and flourish from what it can teach you. So good luck to you all!

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  1. Grant,

    I am currently on my first search and I want to thank you for this encouragement, as well as glimpse into the future. I wish you the best of luck on your search and wedding planning! So many exciting things happening in your life. Congratulations.


    1. Christine,

      Thank you! I hope your own search is going well and that you are finding great and exciting opportunities. Life is always an exciting adventure and yours is just beginning (as is mine in a way). Just remember, you are interviewing your future employer just as much as they are interviewing you. I know that your professors and supervisors have already told you this, but it's true. Don't take a job if it doesn't feel like your "fit." Feel, and pay attention to what you feel, because that is the only way to really know if this is the job for you.

      Best of luck!



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