When the graduate job hunt is getting me down, I turn to film for a bit of relief and procrastination. If a difficult application is stressing me out, lounging in front of
Toy Story 3
or a tenth viewing of
Good Will Hunting
(thanks Netflix), usually does the job to help me relax. However, I don't think I'm alone in feeling guilty about the amount of films I watch. We describe our favourite movies as 'guilty pleasures' or 'treats', as if they are detrimental to the job hunt when really they are indispensable. So instead of being embarrassed by our love for the silver screen, we should embrace what it can teach us about searching for that perfect role.
You've got to be in it to win it
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Sam's Dad in A Cinderella Story (2004)
However patronising or basic the advice may seem, you're not going to get a job without applying. Okay, so don't apply to be an accountant if you don't know what a calculator is but if you have most of the skills for a role and you really want it you may as well take a gamble.
Be confident, but not too confident
"I'm the best there is. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence." Ricky Bobby in
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Nobody wants to hire the guy that's bragging about the 10k fun-run (who runs for fun?) he just completed or the girl that only likes the sound of her own voice. Have confidence, but with a splash of modesty.
Don't worry, be happy
"Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it." - Derek Vinyard in
American History X (1988)
Graduate job hunting is a stressful old time. But it's not (hopefully) a matter of life and death. A job will come along and everything
There are no perks to being a wallower
"Nobody takes me seriously. Poor little me." - Kim Jong-il in Team America (2004)
The only thing more annoying than the graduate abyss is someone moaning about it. Please, please, don't be that guy.
Remember, you're not a student any more (sadly)
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." - Dean Vernon in
Animal House (1978)
No one wants to be the old dude/gal at freshers' week for the umpteenth time. If you're still boozing every night and sleeping 'til noon, you might want to cut down a bit.
Only apply to jobs you actually want
"Do what you love and f*** the rest." - Dwayne in
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Okay, we'll all probably have to compromise at times but if you really don't want a job then don't apply. It's a waste of everyone's time.
Team up with your fellow graduate job hunters
"The more we all know about each other, the greater the chance we will survive." - Bill Parrish in
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Chances are, you have a few mates in the same situation. Share stories, experiences and job advertisements. It may feel like you're helping out your competition, but we're all in it together and sharing is caring.
Strut your stuff
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - Don Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
Whether it's your application, your online footprint or the interview, show what you have to offer and market yourself well. You may as well go for it, what is there to lose?
Most importantly, get excited!
"It's all happening!" - Penny Lane in
Almost Famous (2000)
When you do get your coveted graduate job it'll be a new adventure with fresh faces, adventures and places. Think of all the exciting things to come!
"There's three things in this world that you need: respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer." - Parry in The Fisher King (1991)
I don't really know how this is relevant it just felt right.
Happy job hunting!