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

Chris Bianchi

March 05, 2010

Don’t second guess your every decision

In talking to many of my friends, second thoughts about career direction were a fairly common burden. It doesn’t happen to everybody, but a lot of kids go through this period of self-doubt and anxiety. I think this malady especially hinders people applying for jobs in new places where they don’t know anyone.

I was scared about a bunch of things when I applied for jobs. “What if I hate this job? What if I realize I don’t want to pursue the career I’ve spent four years working towards? Do I really want to do this?”

Eventually, unemployment took its toll on me and I realized that just about any job is better than unemployment. One of the best lessons I learned in my job hunt is that sitting back and doing nothing is far worse than taking a chance with a job. It might be scary, and believe me, I’ve had my own doubts, but in the end, it’s worth taking the risk. So silence those second thoughts and just go for it.

Ultimately, if the job is terrible and you quit, you’ll be right back where you started, but you’ll probably feel better for having tried it in the first place.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago


    this is a really good article. I would just say that if you just graduated and you are still on the job hunt, find a place to intern or even volunteer in the meantime. That way it doesn't look like you were being idle on your resume, and it will make you feel better about yourself in general.

    Even if you don't get a job right away or the job of your dreams, there is no reason to panic. It isn't healthy and doesn't benefit people in any way. So, while I am a big advocate in working hard for your goals, I also strongly encourage people to relax and take some time for yourself. Otherwise, fantastic article and thank you for all of the advice!

  • 27093a_max50


    about 5 years ago


    nice lesson, i got excited when i read this.your advices were nice and meaningful.

  • Superhero_logo


    over 5 years ago


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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    thank you for all your advices

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    Unaccredited Cate

    almost 6 years ago

    Good advice, Chris.

  • Sen


    almost 6 years ago


    thanks Chris, this helps alot

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    Thanks Chris. Like all of us I hate to look for a job, I am thinking about my own business but I still need experience... For me getting hired means win with myself.

  • Cambridge_colleges__ridley_on_flickr_-_photo_sharing__max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Thanks for sharing your story Chris.

  • Lobbyfinalbest_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    great advice :) .... especially about being creative where you apply, even more so in this economy. I have been looking for a job in architectural design, drafting and rendering and just started dropping my resume off at different architecture firms in the area. I has called comapnies first and asked if i could drop off or e-mail or mail them my resume, some comapnies dont want you to just come in. while i was doing this i passed a construction and engineering firm and thought "what the heck, its worth a shot" i went in, introduced myself to the secretary and gave her my resume. she explained she didnt think they were hiring but would pass my resume along and they would call me if interested. So i left and continued onto the next firm on my list and 5 minutes latter i get a phone call from that company asking me to come in for and interview latter that day! ....i havent been hired yet,i find out in a week but it was defenitately a positive experience! you just never know where you could get in.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    a nice personal experience. we all face very similiar situation. no matter if you abour to graduate or you have ten to twenty years of working experience.
    when talking about getting a job in a tough environment, we are all somewhat hopeless and uncertain and sometimes scary.
    but, we need help and motivation and organization. from our friends, and from ourselves and from professionals in the fields.
    go out and engage with people, friends and relatives for job search or for expansion of network. talk, observation and participation should help out how your see your future. remember, help out could also make your feel good too.

  • Belushicollege


    almost 6 years ago


    Thanks Chris