“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
News Flash everyone: The Recession ended in June 2009.
Wow. I am so bored with people and the media drowning me with the same thing: no one is hiring, the whole country is struggling and trying to get a job is like jumping on a sinking ship. Where’s the positive attitude?! The digital revolution is definitely hitting its stride. I’m sorry, but there are tons of technology companies hiring (and its definitely not the only industry). What happened to doing whatever it takes to get what you want? Why are people so afraid of doing the work? I think a lot of college graduates feel as if they are entitled to a job with a degree (and I went to Cornell). No one cares about a piece of paper. What makes you different? What skills do you bring to the table that make you indispensable? Figure out whatever it takes and then do whatever it takes! Its simple, but definitely not easy. Get out of your comfort zone, and don’t wait until tomorrow to do it. Get started NOW.
Many disruptive tech companies are ignoring all the noise and growing tremendously. Don’t believe me? Foursquare grew 3400% last year! These are the companies that will come out on top. I want to be a part of that! So don’t tell me it’s next to impossible to get a job in technology (or any field for that matter). And don’t tell me I don’t deserve my dream job at the company that I want to work for. Yes, it has taken me longer than usual. But, it will be totally be worth it. The juice is always worth the squeeze.
While many companies are indeed experiencing a hiring freeze, I’m finding that’s not as much the case for entry-level positions. We’re always needed. Maybe the competition’s a little bigger and a little more qualified because of layoffs, but that doesn’t mean I, or anyone else, should give up. Again, I pose the same questions: What makes you stand out from the crowd? Take the time to carve out a compelling argument. It is possible, but be willing to do the leg work.
A lot of my friends have been looking for a job much longer than I have, sending out hundreds of applications but hearing nothing. You absolutely cannot send out hundreds of applications and expect to hear anything back. I have gotten better results in the month since I started this “campaign” than I did in all the months combined after graduation.
Enough with the negativity! Embrace the changes in the industry with a smile, look ahead to all the cool things we can be doing and the creative and brilliant people out there who want to help. Things will keep growing, but finding your dream job will take longer unless everyone starts thinking a little more positively.