1. You start off feeling pretty optimistic.
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4. But you don’t mind having a little time off to stay at home and relax a bit, for the time being.
5. So you log onto a career website and pump up your LinkedIn profile.
6. Applying to eight jobs a day starts to wear you down, so you order some take-out. No big deal.
7. And you try not to procrastinate too much, even though you’re mildly stressed out.
8. Soon after, you get your first interview and get a little antsy.
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9. You end up spending tons of money on interview clothes that are too stuffy to wear for any other occasion.
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11. But you get too nervous and immediately regret saying something.
13. You now start every morning like this:
14. You begin applying for jobs in cafés just so you can leave your home.
15. And when you are home, you actively try to find new things to do around the house, just to avoid looking at your résumé again.
19. You reassess the academic choices you made in college.
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20. And you even toy with the notion of picking a different career in general.
22. And your bed/couch become the only ones you can really count on.
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24. And every conversation somehow manages to turn into a rant about the economy and how you don’t have a job because of it.
25. The hardest part, though, is hanging out with your excitedly-employed friends.
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26. You want to be supportive, but your own feelings of hopelessness make it so difficult.
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