Job Searching Is Not A Race

By Christine Pitts
@cpitts_


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I have been MIA on writing for a few weeks and I am really sorry for that. If you recall from a few posts back June was scheduled to be a month packed with personal events. I have gotten through many of them and they were such a wonderful time. The other reason for my absence is because not much is going on in my world of higher education. I am applying for jobs. I aim for at least 1 a day, but even that made me feel drained. One month post graduation feels like six months post graduation when you are applying for jobs and not hearing a word back. It’s tiring and as hard as you try to not take it personal it feels personal.


I contemplated writing this blog for weeks. While some of my closest grad school friends had gotten jobs or interviews, I felt really alone. Wasn’t I enough? I started to list the organizations, clubs and innovative things I did during my graduate time. I started comparing myself. I made finding a job a race instead being patient in this process. I read a quote the other day by Teddy Roosevelt that said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” This quote made me step back and think about all the comparing I have done in my job search. I’ve beat myself up time and time again for no reason.

So, if you are job searching, remind yourself that it is not a race. The right position will come. Until then, stop comparing yourself. It will suck you of your happiness, when this is a moment in life that you should be happy. You just completed your masters. That is huge, huge, huge! Do not put this accomplishment past yourself.

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  1. So, so true! I was one of the last of my graduating class to find a position, but it has been a perfect match. :) Awesome post.

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    2. Thank you, Abbie! Your story is encouraging!

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  2. not sure if you saw my post last week, but I was literally just talking about this! YOU ARE AMAZING! YOU ARE ENOUGH! YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! YOU WILL BE HIRED! Don't stress Christine, something great is on it's way!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia!!!! Ahh, yes I did see your post after mine. So ironic! I definitely needed it. You're the best :))

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