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5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job

Adam Starr

February 05, 2010

Be Realistic

It’s called the dream job for a reason. That reason is that while it does exist, you’re going to have a hard time finding it, let alone landing it. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have aspirations or that you shouldn’t constantly strive for bigger and better things. It does mean, however, that most of you will not be working at Google anytime soon. Unless you are going to a top-tier school, serving as the captain of the lacrosse team, acting as student body president, majoring in engineering and graduating cum laude in between starting your own business and volunteering in the developing world, you may have a tough time getting into the Googleplex. Are there exceptions? Sure. But understand that graduating from your college with a 3.0 G.P.A isn’t exactly a ticket into the most competitive jobs in the nation.

The Good News:

Just because you didn’t get a 4.0 doesn’t mean you are damned to an eternity of unemployment. It just means you still need to prove yourself. Instead of lamenting your misfortune, pursue a job that will give you the skills that globally minded companies like Google look for, like intelligence, creativity, and measurable results. Work hard, innovate, and get promoted. Who knows, maybe in five years you’ll have developed just the skill-set that they will be looking for in 2015.

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