Job Search Preparation

Tips for Seniors - Managing Job-Search Stress

Things you can do now:

  • Schedule a practice interview in the Career & Co-op Center. Nobody gets “perfect” at interviewing, but practice definitely makes better and better. Call us.
  • Have your resume critiqued. See the Career & Co-op Center website for drop-in times, or call for an appointment.
  • Check out CareerLINK for jobs. Make an appointment with a career counselor to map out a well-rounded job search approach.
  • Mark your calendar with events sponsored by the Career & Co-op Center in the next few months. Call our office for events, dates, and times.

Looking for your first post-graduation job can be a stressful experience. Here are some tips to help keep you centered and on-track:

  1. Make a job search action plan. Map out what you want to do and how to do it. Set specific daily and weekly goals, and get to work on them!
  2. Be realistic. Many job seekers have an unrealistic timeframe for how long it will take to find a job. Some estimates say expect to spend a month or longer of job searching for every $10,000 of income you hope to make. When you have an unrealistic idea of how long this is going to take, you’re setting yourself up for stress!
  3. Find a buddy. The support of friends and family is helpful during a job search, but having a buddy who’s also seeking employment can be a great emotional boost as you share similar problems, raise each others' spirits, and trade advice.
  4. Stay positive. It’s important to remain positive and action-oriented during your job search. Surround yourself with positive people and avoid "toxic" contacts who reinforce negative thoughts about getting a job. Let these people know that you intend to stay positive. If feasible, take a break from the relationship.
  5. Seek smart. Write high-quality, targeted marketing materials (resumes, cover letters, and thank-you notes) rather than blanketing cyberspace with a zillion “generic” applications. Spend time networking with colleagues from school, internships, and past jobs to inquire about job ideas and leads. Use the Web to research companies rather than spending hours trolling job sites for that “perfect” job.
  6. Use the Career & Co-op Center. Even after graduating, you are still welcome in UMass Lowell’s Career & Co-op Center. We can help you prepare for interviews, fine-tune resumes and job correspondence, navigate job negotiations and offers, and more. Sometimes, just a “check-in” appointment can get your productive, active, and positive job search back on track.
  7. Take a break. Build in regular time for working out, taking walks, reading good books, playing with the dog — whatever you do to refresh your mind, body, and soul.