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I’m a Recent Grad, I Never Worked Before

I’m a Recent Grad, I Never Worked Before
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I remember the first job interview I had as a soon-to-be-minted MBA. It was with a financial investment firm in the suburbs of Boston.

The first two interviews were fine, normal, followed the script. But the third and last interview didn’t.

My interviewer wore a full beard, not common in the financial industry. And he looked at me, pushed my resume away and said, “What’s a job you took that’s not on this resume?”

I told him how I washed dishes in highschool so I could afford a car. I worked until 1 or 2 in the morning on most nights, rain or shine.

He liked that. “It shows good work ethic” he said.

This experience really made me re-evaluate the importance of some jobs that I used to assume were menial.

I realized that every time you work, punch the clock, you’re developing something inside yourself.

So take another look at your life. Even if you got paid very little or not at all, what’s one or two experiences you can share with your future boss that might show your work ethic, character and and willingness to do something.


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Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment, won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. When he’s not writing, Joshua presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations. For more information, visit CareerEnlightenment.com

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