While it can be frustrating to be looking for work, the best thing you can do is keep filling out applications At Ivy Tech's job fair on Thursday, hundreds took that advice to heart.
The job hunt... something that can always seem like an uphill battle. Just ask Ivy Tech student TJ Baysinger.
"If I don't find a good job in the next year, I'm just going to go and continue school," he said.
TJ is a visual communications major, and even though he's still in school, he's been actively applying for jobs for the past two years.
"Tried finding jobs up in Clinton, a couple of places in Terre Haute, but unfortunately nothing ever actually went through," said TJ.
On Thursday, he took another step toward a career -- heading to his first ever job fair.
This year, Ivy Tech's annual event had more than 50 potential employers on site.
That's an increase from year's past, and recruiters say it's a win-win on both sides of the table.
"Having the opportunity to speak about that they're looking for and what we have. You can actually make a job match very quickly. And that's important, that face to fact contact," said Brenda Tryon, the Community Relations Manager at Mosaic of Terre Haute.
Elizabeth McDonald, the recruiter for First Financial adds: "Don't set your expectations too high. You definitely want to look at the whole big picture. Getting your foot in the door and working your way up us probably one of the best things that you can do."
And that face time can really set you apart; networking can be key when it comes to landing a job.
"We're not the only organization that does this, so take advantage of every opportunity that you can to network and get out and talk to people," said Jaime Frey, Ivy Tech's Director of Career Services:
And truly apply yourself -- don't just sit back and wait for something to happen.
Staying in touch with old professors and friends can also give you an inside scoop about new openings. And if you're like TJ, never stop looking for that right fit.
"Just keep working. And doing what I'm doing and hopefully somebody wants what I have to offer," said TJ.
Employers also say the best way to stand out in the crowd is just be prepared: have copies of your resume to hand out, know the answers to some application questions, make eye contact, shake hands, and look the part.
Ivy Tech's Greencastle campus is hosting its annual job fair on April 16. It's at 915 South Zinc Mill Road from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
It's open to all students, alumni and the general public.