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Old 06-11-2013, 12:02 PM
 
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Congrats to you and the details you shared as a recent grad. I appreciate your sharing how many jobs you applied for, how many interviews, etc, those numbers are still telling about the current economy. Job hunting (for anyone) is a numbers game and I think you did pretty well overall for a recent grad.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: PHL
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Congrats to you and the details you shared as a recent grad. I appreciate your sharing how many jobs you applied for, how many interviews, etc, those numbers are still telling about the current economy. Job hunting (for anyone) is a numbers game and I think you did pretty well overall for a recent grad.
I agree with you 99 percent but I wouldn't say for anyone. Some people know the right people via networking and could easily find a job within a few days/weeks.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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I agree with you 99 percent but I wouldn't say for anyone. Some people know the right people via networking and could easily find a job within a few days/weeks.
there are always outliers. some people just totally luck out (it's not completely luck, but luck is a factor) and land the first job they apply for, even without networking. but that's not the norm.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:44 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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I recently graduated with a degree in accounting from a private university in the Northeastern US. It's a well-regarded program, with heavy recruiting from both the Big 4 accounting firms and many regional CPA firms.

Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those guys who got a Big 4 job. In short, I screwed up during the recruiting process. My interviewing skills sucked, I never had anyone take a look at my crappy resume, and hence, I never got anything. I applied for internships during junior year, got nothing, applied for full-time positions in senior year, and still got nothing.

As graduation approached, I started panicking a little bit. But then I started reflecting on why I have not been able to find a job. I realized that I needed to make myself a person that people wanted to hire. I had the career center look over my resume. I practiced interviewing and telling my story to people.

In late April, I started applying for jobs. I applied for 104 jobs, got precisely 15 phone screens, and 6 in-person interviews. I spent at least an hour a day on Indeed.com, looking for jobs applicable to my level of experience and education. I finally landed an offer - a position in accounts receivable at a medium-sized e-commerce company downtown. This only happened a few days ago, and I start next week.

Admittedly my salary is very low (I'm still planning on keeping my retail job on the side), but at least my career is starting to progress in a direction that I want it to. I was offered an equity stake in the company and reasonably good benefits.

I guess the moral of my story is that second chances do exist, and finding a good job in today's economy requires an enormous amount of persistence - if you want something, you must be willing to toil for it. Perhaps you might make it, perhaps you might not - but you must be willing to try, at least.
Congratulations!!!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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I agree with you 99 percent but I wouldn't say for anyone. Some people know the right people via networking and could easily find a job within a few days/weeks.
That is true, though sadly there are others like myself and the OP that it takes months and months to do so. Whether it is a job that would require a degree to begin with or a minimum wage job that we have seen the classic cases of post-grad underemployment.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I am still getting a ton of callbacks for other jobs I applied for... One was an opportunity to interview with the state's department of transportation as an auditor... Damn, it pays more than what I just decided sign myself up for and probably has better benefits. Oh well, I sent an e-mail declining the offer and many others.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Sounds about right, took me 4 months to find a job after graduating and it only paid $15/hr. This was in 2005.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Just goes to show that Degrees are not automatic entitlements to landing great jobs. So many people graduate from college and think because they have a silly little degree they will automatically be successful..
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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Just goes to show that Degrees are not automatic entitlements to landing great jobs. So many people graduate from college and think because they have a silly little degree they will automatically be successful..
You have to work at it. Degree merely ticks a checkbox. Getting a job takes persistence.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:05 PM
 
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In late April, I started applying for jobs. I applied for 104 jobs, got precisely 15 phone screens, and 6 in-person interviews. I spent at least an hour a day on Indeed.com, looking for jobs applicable to my level of experience and education. I finally landed an offer - a position in accounts receivable at a medium-sized e-commerce company downtown. This only happened a few days ago, and I start next week.
Congratulations on the job - and also on the return call rate. If close to 15% of your applications got you a phone interview, that's pretty good. I was IT job hunting just after the dotcom bubble burst, and I would have killed (OK, perhaps not killed - given a bad cold to someone?) for that sort of feedback rate. Whatever you've done to your resume, keep doing it.
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