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EP 1073 Why is it so darned hard? 

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The question for today is, "What is it for some frustrating looking for a job?" It goes on to say, "When you are in school, nothing seems superhard. You work hard to get straight A's, do research and internships. After you graduate, the real tragedy begins. You apply for jobs, hoping at least to get interviews based upon your good academic record but get rejected all the time. Why is it so frustrating. Looking for a job?"

The answer is really very simple.

You were lied to when you are younger. The lie is that this is going to be good enough to get a job. In point of fact, there are different skills that they never teach you what university. The skills needed to get a job are different than the ones they have to do a job. So far, what you have decreed for yourself is that you got good grades. Well, there are a lot of people who got good grades, the same as you. What is the difference between you and 10,000 other students like you in your geographic area?

The answer is probably not a heck of a lot.

That's where it all starts. You have lied to me at the university level where they told you they getting good grades is the key to getting a good job, just like you were lied to. When you were a kid and told to be good, or else you wouldn't get into a good school. They got into the good school about the good grades and did everything that you are told and now you're not getting the good job even though you did everything right up until this point. As a result, learn the lesson that the advice was not right.

Yes, you had internships. Maybe you coasted. Maybe you worked very hard. It doesn't really matter. I don't know what jobs you been applying for. Often that is an issue because you up if you are applying for things that you are not qualified for, you are not going to be interviewed, let alone hired. Just because the people at the University told you to send your resume for this job doesn't mean they are take on it was right. Just because you have good grades doesn't mean anything to them. They just care that you bring a value to them or you can do something that they need to be done. If you don't have that value, you are just another barista to them.

There are a lot of reasons why this comes up, but the reason why you are not getting interviews usually boils down to that people have lied to you about what it is going to take to find that 1st job, just like the lies will continue once you get that 1st job, what it is going to take to get ahead.

Don't follow the conventional advice. All that happens if you do is the same thing that's happened to all those people in their 40s and 50s who wake up one day and are fired from their jobs and wonder, "Is that all there is?"

Start looking out for yourself as early as possible in your career because, trust me, your employer sure as hell isn't going to.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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