What to Do When You Don’t Land Your Dream Job

For the last few weeks, I have been holding my breath about a job. But it wasn’t just any job. It was one of those Oh-my-gosh-I-didn’t-know-I-wanted-this-until-I-saw-it-and-doesn’t-it-look-phenomenal kind of job. I had friends in the company and a résumé that tailored nicely to the job description. My job in college segued beautifully into this higher-up position, the commute was great, and I thought I had thoroughly impressed the supervisor. I imagined myself settling into that company, making my office my own, and forming friendships with my co-workers.

Today, I got news that the job was filled. By someone else.

Many of you know how that blow feels. Sort of one of those feelings where you’d rather just stay in bed all day with your favorite book rather than look for one more job opening.

However, even though I’m very bummed about not getting this job, I’m trying to stay positive and am going to use this opportunity to re-evaluate some things:

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Resume Tips: A Checklist Before Submitting

Since I’m graduating in December, the fact résumés have been on my mind lately is probably not a surprise to you. I’ve been hanging around the career center at my school since freshman year, and after pestering the career counselors enough times with my horrid rough drafts, I think I’m starting to get the hang of this résumé thing. However, I still run my résumés by career counselors, and I’ve noticed these are the items they tend to mention before giving me the green light:

Clear Organization?

This should be one of the first things you think of when reviewing your résumé: Is everything laid out clearly? I like to put my headlines in bold caps and then just bold my job titles, dates, and companies. Everything else is bulleted. It certainly isn’t as exciting as a graphic design résumé, but it gets the job done.

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