For most, the journey from being an unemployed twenty-something to a first-jobber is typically characterised as dramatic, exhausting and generally horrendous.

We've all been there before, and we want to help. Tweet any questions about your job search to @BurnsSheehan and we'll respond in record time with our advice. 

But for now, we'd like to present an homage to that epic adventure that is the first job search....

You’re at university, living with the best roommate ever, and life is good.

life is good

Suddenly, it dawns on you that this blissful existence won't last forever. And you need to find a job. gutted

You enter a period of denial...denialBut then your parents start asking what you're going to do with your life (a lot).

parents-bankrollingSo you drink a lot of coffee... coffee... and start writing your CV.this is goodThe coffee kicks in, and now you're writing your applications and cover letters at the speed of light!writing awayNow all you can do it wait...waitingYou finally hear back from a few companies. They're all rejections. You don't take it so well.disappointed gif 2You hate everything about life.i hate everything gifYou must be the victim of some foul conspiracy. They clearly don't even read your applications!cvs in binBut wait, a recruiter just called! And they've got you some interviews!excitedYou thought that going to University would help you with all the pre-interview research, but then you realise you didn't actually do any studying...study gifBut your recruiter and your friends are right behind you so everything is going to be ok.good luck gifYou think you had prepared your answers for those tough interview questions, but the guy on the other side of the table doesn't seem so impressed...simon cowellWhatever. whateverYou have other interviews and it's their loss. They weren't the right company for you anyway.

A few weeks later, you walk away from one of your interviews and you just know you nailed it. happy dance officeYou like them, they like you, and you've made it to the final interview. Life is BEAUTIFUL. Time for an at-home happy dance. happy dance gifThe interview was tough, but you did everything you could to win them over.pleaseYou're so close to the finish line now...dog chasing bone gifYou can practically hear the hum of those ugly desktop computers ...

And, by the Power of Zeus, they've made you an offer!!yesThis is the best gift ever! EVER!!!surprised baby giftYou've landed your first job!real-world-sucksNow you just haVe to learn how to wake up in time to make your 9am start....hate-mornings

Written by Izzy Griffin-Smith

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