Job search is exciting. The very thought of first salary, first job, first company, gives goose bumps. In a perfect dream like setting, you get an on campus call in final year, with Dream Company and dream offer, you clear the aptitude test beating hundreds of others in competition, and you clear the technical interviews with ease, clear HRs, get the offer letter in hand and join the company right after finishing your college.
Life is not so rosy. All dreams do not come true. Reality is far from perfection. Many students miss an opportunity to attend an on campus interview for the reason of not having qualifying percentage in Engineering, or in 12th or in 10th. It is so unfair to measure a person based on what marks he scored 6 years back in matriculation. But life is unfair. Many students get an on campus, but can’t clear it due to lack of confidence and stage fear. Few students can’t clear it due to lack of concept clarity.
Life always gives second chance. Students wait eagerly for the off campus interviews. They create a crystal clear resume, upload it on job portals like Naukri, and get the resume forwarded to popular companies through their contacts and wait for the call. Lucky ones get a call, and again, due to some reasons, fail to make it through the interview.
Failure at first interview, second interview…. and 30 interviews, no success. While other friends are bagging jobs at top companies and showing off their status in Facebook, few students unfortunately are dejected and waiting for miracles to happen. Over the months dejection slowly creeps up and turns to a negative outlook towards life, gradually leading to depression. This is so common in today’s situation.
The problem with job search depression is that it causes further damage by making the student become inactive in job search process. Without trial, there can be no results. Hence this depression goes into a spiral until that student gets the job. If that student is lucky enough to have supporting friends and family, he will fight the storm until he gets the job. There are many who don’t get support when they are down. They start considering themselves unfit for life, they start getting the suicidal thoughts… and this leads to dangerous consequences.
I have heard of many cases, where students attempted suicide due to job search depression. The only difference between a job searcher who finally succeeds to get a job and one who doesn’t is difference in emotional support and patience. I have decided to start a campaign called “Fight Job Search Depression” in Interview Mantra. Through this, I would write various blog posts describing symptoms and cure of job search depression. I will try to articulate the most practical solutions to people who are on the verge of giving up. The mission of this campaign is to save the people who are stuck in the sand mire of job search depression and pull them out to success.
I need volunteers for this project. I need people to come out and say their tough stories, how they struggled in their life, so that I can share their success stories and inspire others.
Please drop a comment with your email/phone if you are interested.
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About the Author: Sridhar Jammalamadaka is the Editor of Interview Mantra. He is a student pursuing masters in International Institute of Information Technology. With over 4 years of IT experience, he is obsessed with software programming and computer technologies. He loves to see a software come to life in its development life cycle. He is a person who defies "mob mentality" and a deeply spiritual and a strong believer of moral values and righteousness. Through this website, he wishes to gather a large community of aspiring engineers, entrepreneurs and professionals from all parts of the globe. You can connect with him on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sridhar.j