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5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job

Adam Starr

February 05, 2010


You Aren’t Owed Anything.

“But I was in Golden Key. But I was the treasurer of SAE. But I always got As. But I got accepted to every place I applied. But I was voted most likely to succeed. But my professors all love me. But my Dad is the mayor…”
That is excellent news. Unfortunately, so were thousands and thousands of other recent grads. If there are only X amount of jobs and there are 5, 10 or 200 qualified people applying for each one of them, not everyone is going to be hired. Competition from your classmates isn’t your only concern. You don’t have to be an economist to know that you are up against a national job market with overly qualified people applying for more entry-level positions because of mass layoffs.

The Good News:

By recognizing this reality you will be less likely to passively wait for what you think you “deserve.” Instead, by realizing that you need to stand out in a crowded field of people just as qualified or more qualified than you, it will make it easier to focus on things you can do to compete. Beef up your resume with internships, externships and volunteering experiences. Get new skills, and learn new languages, be they foreign or technical. This opportunity may also be a great time to go back to graduate school or to take a year abroad and learn the languages, cultures, and global perspectives offered by a temporary expatriation.


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    Tatiana1990

    almost 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I loved this! It's very relatable and helped me at a very crucial time in my life. Very helpful and a definite must read!

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    sdean2773

    over 2 years ago

    6 comments

    I agree. This article really opens eyes and gives great information!

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    Frank_Ball

    almost 4 years ago

    19756 comments

    Please keep your comments on topic to the article -- Any comments posted with embedded links leading to questionable infected sites outside MonsterCollege will be removed and the poster's account will be banned from MonsterCollege. Thank you.

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    AshleyNB87

    over 4 years ago

    10 comments

    Good reality check for most all recent grads.

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    Jonny_Utah

    over 4 years ago

    232 comments

    Agree.

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    Keila13

    over 4 years ago

    176 comments

    Really good information

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    azulneko

    over 4 years ago

    40 comments

    i'm going to miss my summer vacations the most -_-