The Perks of Being a Jobhunter

You’re essentially Pi Patel on his boat…without Richard Parker.

So you’ve been looking for a job and things are getting hard. You’ve always fancied yourself a bit of an achiever and now you’re feeling all the feels because you’re not getting a job as quickly as you would have liked to. I won’t elaborate further, I feel you.

I liken it to being on a boat. Destination: Unknown

So here’s what you can be happy about.

You learn about the ocean pretty fast.

(You learn about a lot of the industries out there, and quickly)

If you’re like me, you google the heck out of your company (not unlike the way you figure a person out by checking out their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn). And if you have applied to a lot of places, you know most of what you’d need to know about at least half the industries out there.

Essentially you know where the major ships are docked (the industry’s playing field), what stands in their way (current challenges), where they’re headed (future trends)…the list goes on.

And because you’re in your little boat floating by and observing everything, you have a bigger picture of what’s going on. You’re no nautical expert. But you know enough to have conversations with the deckhands, first mates and captains out there, so that you find the ship that really needs you.

You get to make little pitstops on bigger ships and no one’s gonna boot you off.

(You get to ask anyone for help without getting turned down)

Being a (relatively) fresh graduate, you’re surrounded by people who’ve just entered the working world, i.e. people who feel like they’re finally adulting. And adulting right — since they’re earning, contributing to their families and funding their own lifestyles.

They’re full of ideas about the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, why’s and how’s of applying for a job and they’ve all got great ideas. So you get to pick these up from them at no cost (most of the time) before you resume your journey.

Of course, you run the risk of an information overload (which can be a real downer, no pun intended) but so long as you have the general idea of what you want to do, you should be able to keep afloat, row your boat and pick up your favourite ideas to work on.

You don’t get seasick.

(You genuinely don’t. Because you’re not at sea, you’re at home with a laptop)

Jokes aside, you may get really sad at times but you’ll never be sick enough to genuinely give up or quit. Because there is no quitting. Getting a job is as natural as breathing, in today’s world. You’re going to get a job.

Everyone gets a job.

Doesn’t matter if it’s your dream job or just a temporary position, you’ll land something. So on days that you’re not feeling it — take a break.

Enjoy the ocean breeze, run your fingers through the water, take a nap.

At the end of the day, you’ll have built up a pretty solid boat and that’ll get the attention of any ship around you — and they’re gonna want you.

And if your boat isn’t impressive, don’t fret! You’re literally going to be jumping ship, they have no use for your boat. It’s you they want.

And remember, if you ever fall out of your boat…

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
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