I recently heard a staff member from Career Services tell seniors that they should plan on applying to 30-40 jobs this year. I think this is excellent advice, even beyond the obvious mathematical effect of maximizing one’s chances in a bad economy.
I often meet with seniors who are planning to work a few years before going on to medical or law school. Their approach to job-hunting tends to be to agonize over picking the perfect job, to apply to it, and then to wait 2 months to hear something. It’s like serial monogomy, and each application is loaded down with too much emotional freight. Every one is a big deal, and every rejection requires a mourning and recovery period.
I tell students to apply promiscuously, even to as many as five a week. Get in the habit of writing those cover letters, printing the resume, and popping the thing in the mail (or uploading) and then forget about it. It will get easier, faster, and better with practice. Once the actual offer comes, that’s the time to agonize over whether it’s a good, or good enough, fit.
So Lizy, don’t let your own resume intimidate you, as it glares at you from your computer screen. Use it, and that very act will help conquer the terrors of senior year.