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Dealing With Unemployment Blues

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All college students have pretty high expectations of what is ahead of us after graduation. Since we were children, we’ve had this idea embedded into our brains that we have to go to college so that we can get good jobs. But what many of us learn when we graduate college is that finding that job post-graduation can take quite some time. Sending in resume after resume without a single response can really become quite depressing, and it’s easy to fall into a rut. However it’s important to not only to stay positive during your search, but to also enjoy the time you have off.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with those unemployment blues:

1. Be Proactive, But Not Obsessed

Sitting in front of your computer screen all day looking through hundreds of job sites and emailing resumes can take a toll on your psyche. It’s important to get out of the house and move around. You still need to live your life, so do not dwell just on job searching! Go take a walk, enjoy some sun, and remember to take job hunting one day at a time.

2. Set Small Daily Goals

Don’t make your everyday goal be “find a dream job.” The odds of that happening right away are not too great and you’ll just stress yourself out more. Make small daily goals for yourself such as “send out five resumes” or “find three companies I’d like to work for” so that they are things that you can actually accomplish each day and feel productive doing so.

3. Take Advantage of Free Time

Take advantage of all of the free time that you now have as you are in that in-between stage. Plan out an allotted time each day to continue your quest for a job, but also take time to do things you enjoy. Go to the beach, go out to brunch, or enjoy a nice book. These are things that we take for granted when we have all the time in the world, but once you’re working a 9:00am to 5:00pm job, these will be the things you miss most. Don’t dwell on the fact that you are still unemployed and instead relish in the fact that you have the opportunity to do all these things.

4. Don’t Pressure Yourself

This can be a really stressful time and we put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves to succeed in our search to find the perfect job. However, in the long run, these few jobless months won’t mean that much. Don’t compare yourself to others and think you’re the only one who hasn’t found a job yet, or that what you find is not as good as what someone else may have been lucky to land. Don’t stress yourself out, be content knowing that you’re trying your best and giving it your all.

Most important of all, don’t lose hope. The right job for you is out there and you will find it eventually. Good luck on your search fellow graduates!

Share your job hunting tips and advice on how to stay positive with us!

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Picture Yourself With a Higher Degree

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The following post is from the blog Edudemic.com

Why It Pays To Earn A Higher Degree [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s no secret that school is hard. It takes a lot of time, effort, and sacrifices. But does it pay off? An infographic based on statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says…it does.

As you can see from the infographic (below) by US College Search, the higher degree-holders not only have higher-paying jobs but they also have a lower unemployment rate. That means it’s worth taking night school towards that next degree even if its just for increased job security. Just how much money does a higher degree earn you? Take a look at the bottom left figures. Those dollar amounts are the median weekly earnings (from 2008) and show a substantial increase when you multiply those figures 52 times (the number of weeks in a year). Want to see this infographic a bit bigger? Click the image to enlarge.

Still not convinced? Let us know if you think it’s really worthwhile to spend the time and effort in getting a higher degree. Think it’s too expensive? Check out the Harvard Extension School to see how you can get a Harvard Master’s Degree for a reasonable price. Let us know what you think by tweeting us with @edudemic in the tweet!

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