How to survive the job hunt

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If you’re one of the thousands of Atlantic Canadians walking across the stage this spring to receive a degree or diploma, it’s likely you’re feeling happy, excited, and maybe a little apprehensive. First of all, congratulations! What a significant accomplishment! Take time to celebrate and enjoy the results of your hard work. But once the celebrations are over and your grad robe is tucked back in the closet for next year’s class, it’s time to think about getting a job.

The time between graduation and getting a full-time job can seem daunting. But every single one of us has been there at some point before. And while everybody’s journey from student to gainfully employed member of the working world is different, there are a few things to always keep in mind that apply to everyone.

Build a budget

Chances are, your financial future might be a bit shaky right now while you decide what you want to do with your future. Do you want to take some time before the responsibilities of real life kick in to travel? Are you thinking of further education? Or is it time to live that 9-5 life? Whatever you decide, you’ll need money to make it happen. And that means, you’ll need to make a budget and stick to it. Especially if you’re not making fat stacks—yet.

Your budget should cover your daily living expenses (rent, car insurance, bills, groceries, etc.), as well as any extras you may need, like a new blazer or tie for your potential job interviews. Having (and sticking to) a budget will prevent you from running into any serious debt problems as the summer wears on.


Ever hear the phrase, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”? Networking might not be your thing (it’s not many people’s thing), but getting out there and having conversations is a great way to find the perfect job. Plus, it’s often free. Which is good news for you and your post-grad budget.


Give back to your community. Whether it’s at the animal shelter or local community organization, volunteering is a great way to stay busy and get involved in causes that matter—not to mention employers will be looking for it on your resume.

Find a cause you’re passionate about and throw yourself into it. You can still volunteer in the evenings or weekends once you find that sweet full-time job.

Get a part-time job

At the end of the day, cash is cash. Even if your local ice cream bar or swimming pool isn’t the job you were hoping for this summer, having a job will still help you save money and keep you busy while you search for the perfect full-time job.