Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)
The best piece of advice I ever got was "do what you enjoy doing and the money will come". Don't chase money. You're a young man. It took me till about the age of 30 to really figure out what I wanted in life re: job, family, etc.. This is the time in your life to try things.
There is some good and practical advice in this thread. I've always said to carpet bomb your resume. Get it in front of as many eyeballs as you can. Don't just mail in your resume. Find out who the first-line contact person is (usually HR) and call them. If you can find out the hiring manager, call them. Establish a relationship with them. Find out about jobs before they hit all the job web sites. Find out if there are any related professional organizations in your field and go to the meetings. Meet people there (print up a personal business card). Use socal networking web sites liked LinkedIn and cultivate and nourish your business contacts. Lots of people are willing to meet for 7 AM coffee at Starbucks (you buy) to talk about their field, what's going on, and potential openings. Be willing to go the extra mile. If you can think of something to do, do it, don't wait. Jobs are out there even in this brutal economy.
And be patient. Stick with something for a while. Show a little persistence. Sometimes it takes a while to turn a situation around.
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