As much as college students like to pretend that our four years of no-parents, no-rules, and no-responsibilities will never end, at some point we have to face the reality of finding a real job. Getting a summer internship is easy—you send a few cover letters, have a couple phone interviews, and then all of a sudden you land yourself a four-day-a-week magazine job or a well-paying 3-month finance gig.
But finding a job is a whole different can of worms. You have to find somewhere that wants you, as well as somewhere you want to be for the next however-many-years.
That’s a big deal.
Your life will become an endless vortex of LinkedIn and Indeed.com. Friends and family will ask seemingly innocuous questions like, “how’s the job search going?” and you’ll find yourself seriously considering murder for the first time. You’ll learn to nail your “I’m so happy for you!” face as you grit your teeth and fight your inner hatred as everyone else finds a dream job.
Whether you’re experiencing the job search yourself, or trying to support someone through it, here’s what to expect when you’re expecting…several rejection letters. This is the process of finding a job, as told in Gilmore Girls GIFs, because why not:
You Start Out Optimistically
All bright eyed and bushy-tailed, excited about your future and all the doors that are open to you.
Your resumé is edited, you’re caffeinated, and you’re ready to go.
You Get Disenchanted
If you have to fill out one more of those generic forms on a website you might lose it.
You Take a Break
Because the job grind can get overwhelming.
You Hit Rock Bottom
You’re in your pajamas, you’ve sent out the 10,000th cover letter that week, and you’re starting have an existential crisis: what if you’re just useless and unemployable?
There's a Glimmer of Hope
Finally, you get an email or a phone call about an interview. Someone out there, maybe, wants you.
You nail the interview, of course you do. And you celebrate the only way the Gilmore Girls know how: with lots, and lots of junk food.