Saturday, February 6, 2010

Getting Your First Job: "There's No Jobs" (Part 7 of 7)

At the request of one of my loyal fans, I'm spending this week tackling the subject of how to get your first job. It's also occurred to me that some of these getting-your-first-job posts are relevant to everyone, but then it also occurred to me that most fresh college grads haven't experienced these basic things, either.

Right now is a really tough time to be a recent college graduate. There just aren't that many jobs to go around. This isn't your fault and you don't have to feel bad if you are having trouble finding a gig. Getting a job requires a combination of luck, timing, skill, and a open job to apply for.

So, if you're out of work, do anything you can to get experience. Sell stuff on eBay, volunteer, try your luck at freelance work on oDesk or eLance, or learn to play a musical instrument. Somewhere along the way you might find a career that you'd never have thought to look for.

I don't have a magic answer for how to create jobs out of thin air, but I can tell you that sitting around doing nothing isn't good for you. Sitting alone will make you depressed, bored, and it'll creep into your personality. You'll come across as someone with no energy or motivation, even if that's not true. Just learn to work, even if you're not getting paid to do it. Your ability to be productive is what people ultimately pay you for, and your productivity shines through when you can say "Look what I did!"

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