To anyone currently looking for a post-graduate job

I don’t need to tell you that the economy stinks right now. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already shot out of bed a few nights from a, “I live at home with my parents again because I’m unemployable,” dream. Fret not, fellow 3L. Below are my four tips for coping with the stress of being not-yet-employed.

1. Relax.

I know it’s easier said than done, but you need to just chill out. Worrying will not get you a job. I have a feeling that when most of us are in our mid-forties, we’re all going to be wondering what our big rush to work was. Try to enjoy whatever time you have left as an adult who doesn’t have a full-time job.

2. Think of the alternatives.

Even if you are without job, have been deferred or have had an offer rescinded, at least you didn’t actually get fired. I’d rather know earlier than later that a company can’t afford to have me around. In my opinion, there’s no better place than school to be hiding out in during the recession.

3. Work hard

Don’t let your job search get in the way of school. You’ve got one more semester to really make your grades shine or to enter that writing competition. Work your hardest, get great results and give employers another reason to hire you.

4. Have some faith.

Whenever I start flipping out about my future (which is often these days), my parents always remind me of the wonderful Max Ehrmann quote: “The universe is unfolding as it should.” If you are networking your tail off, applying for jobs, sending out resumes and interviewing to the best of your ability, but to no avail, then you have to believe that a better opportunity is around the corner. Accept this difficulty as an experience in itself, and be open to life’s surprises.

By Jennifer Pohlman, third year student at the University of Nebraska College of Law and student editor for The National Jurist