1- It’s full of catch 22’s: they won’t hire you until you get experience, but you can’t get experience until they hire you; they want you to move before they hire you, you can’t afford to move until you have a job; they want you to be licensed before hiring you, you can’t get licensed until you start working; etc.
2- You can spend an entire day sending out applications, resumes, and cover letters, and see zero results
3- You have to walk this tight rope of presenting yourself and confident and competent without coming across as arrogant and presumptuous
4- If you are fortunate enough to get a job offer, you spend your days painstakingly vacillating between wanting to take it because you’re not sure if anything better will come along and not wanting to take it because you hope something better will come along
5- You have to answer the dreaded question “So, what are you plans?” five hundred million twenty five hundred sixty-seven times
6- You’re constantly compromising applying to the job you dream of for applying to the job you think you may actually have a chance getting, and then chastising yourself for not believing more in your abilities
7- You feel bitter every time you hear of someone else getting a job offer for a company that will pay their moving expenses, buy them a car, provide free childcare, and pay six figures
8- You start to wonder if waiting tables was really as bad as you remember it…
9- Every minute of every day is plagued with the knowledge that you should be spending more time and effort sending out applications, you need to work longer, harder
10- You’re absolutely sure that “it’ll all work out” and something challenging and rewarding and exciting will come along, but you’re dying to know when…
And that question remains unanswered until you are in fact, finally, not job searching anymore.