Recent Grads: 4 Ways to Stay Positive During the Job Search

Congratulations! You've made it through college. You finally did it and you should feel very proud of yourself for what you've accomplished.

The endless amounts of coffee and all-nighters to cram for tests have finally paid off. But while school has ended, a new chapter begins: entering The Real World. For many recent graduates, this transition is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. It's a wonderful yet extremely confusing time. Life after college forces you to think about your future and reassess your goals.

Here's what you're probably thinking: You're done with college, but what's next? A job? Can I get one? Should I go to Grad school? Can I even afford Grad school? As a recent graduate, you're likely feeling all the pressure to have everything figured out. Take a deep breath and relax. Here are some tips and insights on how to overcome the post-grad blues:

Anxiously job searching? Remember that you're not alone
The stress of not being able to find a job after numerous applications can be depressing. It's so easy to lose motivation and dwell on the negatives. Positivity is key during your job search. It's not that you're incapable of getting a job, it's that you're competing with people who have more experience than you. It's important to know your worth. Believe in yourself because you will get a job, it just takes time. By applying to jobs you're already making progress towards your career goals.

Accept that It's OK to not have everything figured out
Life isn't always about having plans because you know what? Plans can change and you have to be flexible. Success is how you make it. Set realistic goals and make sure you don't have high expectations. Be ready to take on new challenges and opportunities. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere.

Take breaks, set time aside to do other things
We all know job searching is stressful, but it doesn't have to be your 9 to 5. Keep your spirits up with projects that inspire and engage you. Find a hobby, learn a new skill or create your own passion project. Whether it's cooking, blogging, or exercising, setting time aside to do something you love will help you stay motivated.

Stop comparing yourself to others
I can imagine that friends and relatives are constantly asking about your future plans. Or that you might feel bad every time you see social media posts about other people's job offers. It's a waste of time and energy when we compare ourselves to others. You have your own goals and you're the judge of your own progressions. It's important that you strive to have a growth mindset, not a fixed one. Remember, it's better to find inspiration, not comparison.