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Perception vs. Reality: What a 21st Century Job Seeker’s Day is Really Like

There’s a fairly popular meme circulating the internet, and one of the iterations is about job seekers. It looks at the perceptions of what you, the millennial job seeker, does in your job search. We’re here to breakdown some of the perceptions of the new millennial job search.

As many recent, not yet employed college graduates, head home for the now undefined summer as new job seekers a common misconception springs up amongst their peers, family, and the rest of society. Mainly: they think millennial job seekers are lazy. Sleeps all day, play video games, eat mom’s food, go to the bar with friends, crash, and do it all again the next day.

The meme referenced earlier pretty much sums up that picture is a neat series of a guy sleeping. That millennial job seeker, on the other hand, sees his job search differently. He sees himself knee deep in a job search that seems to be going nowhere, despite the job seekers best intentions to keep pushing forward–filling out resume after resume each hour of the day. The hope being that employers will see this heroic effort, and the muscle, brains, and courage to be their next targeted candidate.

The reality of the daily life of a millennial job seeker likely falls somewhere in between the numerous perceptions of daily life. Most millennials aren’t sleeping all day, but in truth few are waking up at the crack of dawn, or even at the same time as their working peers, to hit the job search trail. Being a yet-to-be-employed millennial isn’t a lot of fun. Sure a couple months with the rents, if you’re lucky enough to be able to live at home post-college, might not be so bad. But with friends moving on it can begin to feel like you’re stuck in a rut. That old guy grabbing ice cream on a Friday night you used to pity in high school. The hair pulling picture may be the most accurate.

A day in the life of a millennial job seeker probably involves a lot of job searching, a lot of stress, and, alright, some sleeping. Just remember, perception isn’t always reality, even in the job search and especially with millennial job seekers.

What are your days like as a job seeker? Comment below!

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.