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Old 08-28-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Don't forget my favorite, Volunteer at the Zoo so you can look active when you submit your resume-lol
Sure, you could do that. Or Moderator cut: not.

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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sure, you could do that. Or Moderator cut: not.
ouch!

Can I haz handout too?

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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I don't know where you have applied to, but have you ever thought about consulting? Deloitte, Accenture, CGI, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and more all look for young graduates who are willing to travel up to 100%. They don't care where you live because you'll be flying every week most of the time. It's demanding work, but a great way to start your career. Just look for keywords in the job postings and make sure they are in your resume. Their resume crawling programs are your first obstacle. By the time HR reads it, the computer has already filtered out the majority.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Three suggestions

1.Find a non profit that needs a website or something technical done for them - do it for free and build a portfolio - get some experience.

2. Find a job now during the retail running into Christmas season - get some work experience.

3. Go read Here's How to Condescend to 900 Job Applicants With a 3,000-Word Rejection Letter and see if any of that applies to your applications/resumes.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:28 PM
 
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Go read Here's How to Condescend to 900 Job Applicants With a 3,000-Word Rejection Letter and see if any of that applies to your applications/resumes.

Thanks for the link! I actually found that rejection email to be chock full of good advice. I think that employer was doing the applicants a favor. If they chose to actually read the entire email, they would have some valuable insight on what not to do and what to improve on for future applications.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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I think its safe to highly encourage anyone going to college is to network very seriously in your first year. College just isn't enough to get your foot in the door like it used to be. Who you know is far more important nowadays.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Thanks for the link! I actually found that rejection email to be chock full of good advice. I think that employer was doing the applicants a favor. If they chose to actually read the entire email, they would have some valuable insight on what not to do and what to improve on for future applications.
Me too. It was harsh, honest and spot on.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:07 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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I think its safe to highly encourage anyone going to college is to network very seriously in your first year. College just isn't enough to get your foot in the door like it used to be. Who you know is far more important nowadays.
It's a shame I wasn't told that at 17.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:06 AM
 
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Well in that case, let's just shut down this forum. No point in people discussing their experiences with unemployment.
There is a difference between sharing experiences and straight up blaming "the system" and everyone around you (aka whining).
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:51 AM
 
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You have 2 major problems that you need to solve pronto.

1) You are in a small town, 3 hours from a large city. MOVE. MOVE TO THE BIG METRO AREA. THIS IS WHERE THE IT JOBS ARE. GO NOW.

2) If your resume or cover letter is as wordy as your posts, then you need to learn how to limit the volume of words.

Listen. I am in IT. I know this small town/big town thing. You MUST live near the big cities if you want to work in IT. Especially starting out. This is your problem. You degree is NOT the problem as your posts seem to suggest. Your problem is where you live.
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