It’s time to face the harsh reality that the world of work has changed dramatically in recent years. Argue all you want about why and how unfair it is, but good luck changing things “back to the way they were.” If you think about it, the workplace has always been changing and evolving. You’re probably just noticing it more now because you’re ready to join the workforce.
Throughout your life, you were probably told that a college degree would guarantee you a job after graduation. Nope. Once you started college, everyone told you to get as many internships as you could and that would guarantee you a job after graduation. Wrong again.
Let me give you an analogy.
If you bought a treadmill, would you be guaranteed to lose weight? As a former treadmill owner, I can tell you the answer is “no.” In order to lose weight, you have to use the treadmill–it can’t just sit there collecting dust. And trust me, complaining about the fact that you’re not losing weight doesn’t help either! Instead, you need to get off your butt and accept the fact that weight loss will only happen when you take the appropriate action with the treadmill: burning more calories than you consume.
The same applies to your entry-level job search.
Trust me, you’re going to need the degree and the internships (just like the treadmill), but having them simply isn’t enough. The people who get hired do more than pull all their information together on a resume and submit it to a job board. They follow the steps I outline in my free e-book, Attention Job Seekers: Your Search is at Stake! 9 Steps to Becoming an Expert Marketer & Getting Hired in Today’s Digital World, and take other actions to go above and beyond their fellow candidates.
Not every single person deserves or is a good fit for every single job. Rejection is going to happen during your job search. Life is tough, but the good things in life are worth working and fighting for. Stop blaming the system and take back control of your career.
Do you agree or disagree? How did you land your first job out of college?