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The Top 11 Mistakes That Recent Grads Make in the Job Hunt

Chris Bianchi

March 05, 2010

Stay motivated

This could very well have been my biggest job search issue. Sure, I wanted a job, but other people wanted the jobs I applied for more than I did.

Being in the broadcast media industry, my field is especially competitive. Out of the 30 or so students who graduated with me, only five have gotten full-time jobs in the broadcast media field, and only a small handful (also about five kids) went on to grad school. Of those 30 students, that left 20 kids like me that were unemployed and were not starting graduate programs.

It’s not a coincidence that the five kids who got jobs were the hardest working students in our class, even though all of the kids who graduated were good enough to get jobs. But the fortunate five made their own fortune. They were the best students, they made follow-up phone calls, they worked on their resumes, they stretched every contact they’d ever made, and they were the ones who ended up getting jobs.

If I had been as motivated as they were, I would’ve been employed months ago. Find that passion within you- even if that passion is just simply being independent and not living with your parents- and utilize it.

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