5 Things You Need to Give up to Get A Job
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.