Are You Starting Your Job Search Too Low?

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So, you just graduated and you’re about to start your job search. You got your degree. You got some confidence. Sky is wide open to you, right? So where do you start? Most people will say to start off at the bottom and work your way up. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and all that good stuff. So what doesn’t that sound like something to get excited for? It’s because you’re being told to start at the bottom. No one wants to be at the bottom of the corporate ladder. You end up getting coffee for everyone and getting saddled with all the grunt work. But what are you supposed to do? You’re fresh out of college and there is nowhere else to start.

Well, the key phrase there is ‘fresh out of college’. You have a college degree. You can set your sights a little higher than most because you not only have the tools but the talent. Too many college graduates have a disparaging view of themselves and their prospects. It is no surprise though. How many times have you heard someone say ‘time are tough’ when talking about the job market? That you should be lucky to just have a job? Pretty often probably.

Don’t listen to that crap. Economic times are tough. There is no denying that. People are unemployed. Houses are being foreclosed on. Banks are closing. BUT it isn’t the end of the world. You don’t have to cave in your ambitions simply because a bunch of dried up, old men behind a news desk or microphone are telling you the country is going to hell.

When you just starting on your job search, keep two things in mind. Be aware that you won’t get the greatest job right out of college. That simply isn’t realistic nor is it a practical way to think. Unless you are
super lucky and make the next Facebook, expect to hold down a normal 9 to 5. However, also keep in mind that you are a desired commodity.

Yes, you are desirable. Companies love to see fresh faced college students. This may sound cynical but companies like fresh college kids because they can get away with paying them less. It’s true. A father with a
house and two kids is going to likely scoff at a job that pays $30,000 a year. But, a college graduate will probably look at the salary and begin to salivate. Remember, you have something companies want. Don’t be afraid to have a little confidence and set your sights a little higher than usual.

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