The weeks after fall break are a common time for students to feel some burnout or worry about their search process. Perhaps you’ve submitted some (or many!) applications and are not getting the response you expect. This is totally normal and the career coaches are here to support you. You’ve also got loads of support at Duke.
A short storytime moment: In 2019 we partnered with a group of students and alums who had had successful searches. Our task was to identify each of the tasks that made up a full job or internship search and categorize them into a set of steps. From this emerged the “Eight Steps for Search Success”, which exists now to help you to design, execute, and troubleshoot your search.
Just like you prepare for step 7, “interview”, there are tasks and steps that the students knew were essential for staying motivated. To stay positive in your search you will:
- manage low energy, motivation, or time
- deal with rejection and silence
- revisit your search approach
- re-focus on what you want and can do
Please use these resources to support your progress, especially when it’s hard. Coaches are here to support you, especially when it’s hard.
In addition to our core support, here are two more resources to help you feel confident, resilient, and capable even if it’s a season of silence and rejection right now.
- This article from last week’s Wall Street Journal Jobs Summit has good advice about following up with employers and not overthinking your resume
How to Keep the Job Search Moving Forward—Even if Recruiters Ignore You – WSJ (avoid the paywall: Full Text from Duke Library with NetID)
- This article includes some tips for embracing rejection as part of the process. If you want more information about Orville Pierson’s research into how many people you need to meet before being hired, let us know! He was an early partner with engineering master’s career services and we’ve got those details.
Career Coach: Dealing with rejection and setbacks – The Washington Post