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First Job

The 15 Easiest Ways to Sabotage Your First Job

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business

So you've defied your mom's seriously low expectations and landed a real 9-to-5 office job. Once the initial joy of making it rain on your unemployed ...

Four Things for New Graduates to Consider Before Accepting Their First Job

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2013 | College
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Take the time to evaluate what really moves you to do your best, before you accept a first job.

Four Things You Can Do During College to Ensure You'll Land a Job When You Graduate

Brazen Life | Posted 09.30.2013 | College
Brazen Life

Take matters into your own hands and bring a DIY mentality to career planning. Follow these four steps, and four years from now, you'll find yourself with more than a cap and gown: you'll be on your way to landing a great job on your ideal career path.

The Job Search Is Just Like Dating: 5 Tips for the Recent Grad

Dominic Bokich | Posted 08.04.2013 | College
Dominic Bokich

Most college students think about sex and dating every day. Many have become experts in the process. But, when it comes to the job search, new grads can feel somewhat inexperienced.

Going on a Job Hunt?

Katherine Marie Priddy | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Katherine Marie Priddy

It can be daunting -- mining through job sites, editing your cover letters, sweating through interviews -- trying to pin down a basic entry-level job. Where do you even start looking?

How I Learned to Be Gay: Almost Everything I Learned in Life I Learned While Working at a Gay Magazine

Benjamin Solomon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Solomon

The year following graduation was a bit of a lost one as I tried to finally come to terms with my new identity. But nothing really clicked until I got a job at Next Magazine. Suddenly, my world had direction.

25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25

Danny Rubin | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Danny Rubin

You're halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don't need all the answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: what's something new that I can learn right now?

New Grads: 10 Goals for Your First 5,000 Hours on the Job

Brazen Life | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Brazen Life

If you're lucky enough to be starting a job -- a real, career-building job -- after you graduate, you probably aren't thinking of when it will end. But the reality is that few people keep their first jobs for long.

Getting My First Job

Holly Prendergast | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Holly Prendergast

There are many things in life that can be attributed to luck. However, the one instance when I was not lucky, nor could my circumstances be attributed to luck, was being hired for my first full-time job.

The Education of Corporate America

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 03.31.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Business leaders will admit freely that they value the foundation that a liberal arts education provides; in fact, a liberal arts background is the edge that secures the applicant the job. What business leaders have forgotten to do, however, is to say so.

Why Being a Young 20-Something Is a Lot Harder Than it Looks

Rachel Ryan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Women
Rachel Ryan

Sure, young 20-somethings (YTS) don't have wrinkles and crushing responsibilities like a mortgage, kids or elderly parents living in the spare bedroom. Know what else we don't have? Jobs. Money. A home. Secure relationships.

My First Job (WATCH)

Posted 11.02.2012 | MarloThomas

When I was 17, I landed my first job as an actress in a mystery play called "Black Chiffon". I was the least experienced member of the cast, and I was...

I Commute Across 3 States To Work... Every Day

Amy Marturana | Posted 12.10.2012 | HuffPost Home
Amy Marturana

Going home at the end of the workday is so relieving, especially when it took 2 hours to get there.

Growing Up and Moving Out: My Move from the South to NYC

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Lauren Taylor Shute

I sat with my mother on my bed as the movie ended. We pretended that we weren't both heartbroken at the thought of her only daughter moving away from home and simply focused on how great I would look in my new trench coat traipsing around New York City à la Anne Hathaway.

The Road to Youth Employment

Jack Lund | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Jack Lund

The challenges that stand before young people as they emerge into a weak employment market have been well-documented. Perhaps less attention has been paid to the uphill battle that young people without a high school degree or GED face.

The Post-Grad Paradox: A Creative Solution

Laura Ross | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Laura Ross

As a rising college senior, I was enormously confident about my odds at finding employment following graduation. I had good grades, plenty of relevant experience, and strong references -- I figured I was going to be just fine. I was wrong.

The Fun Isn't Over After College

Jennifer Langione | Posted 10.27.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

We spend four unforgettable years at college making lifelong friends, staying up late and acting spontaneously, so it's no surprise that recent grads enter the work world with the mentality that this is where fun comes to die.

Lessons I've Learned (So Far) Living in New York

Malia Griggs | Posted 10.16.2012 | New York
Malia Griggs

I have a mantra I repeat to myself when I'm not working in my cloud of an office way, way up in the sky. It is, quite simply: Don't think about it. And on that note, a sub-rule: Don't look at the ground. You will see ungodly things. It will change you.

Keeping Sane in Your Twenties

Carine Umuhumuza | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
Carine Umuhumuza

They said it would be challenging. They said it would suck. But no one really told you just how much. I guess no one can really articulate the mixture of frustration and confusion of the first years out of undergrad.

Just Go for It

Kate M. Miller | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
Kate M. Miller

Extraordinary is achieved when you are willing to give up the fence for something you care about more. I don't say this to make you feel trapped in a hole of your own responsible decisions. Self-efficacy is all about empowerment.

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 09.24.2012 | College
Kayley Kravitz

Shortly after turning 23, I made an ill-fated move to Glasgow, Scotland for graduate school. I didn't know anyone in Glasgow nor had I ever visited Scotland. Still, I took a chance in fall 2011 and went.

Integrating Discontent: A Necessary Lifeline for the Young

Naomi Ko | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
Naomi Ko

In the end, the problem of being this early twenties person is that we are never satisfied with our lives. I don't question my gratitude, I am very thankful for it because I know what it is like to have no job and no money. But I'm dissatisfied that I am not living the life that I imagined.


Uloop | Posted 09.05.2012 | College

On graduation day, the gap between college and the real world looks deceptively nonexistent. It feels so similar that it's hard to distinguish that it is different; truly an end to an era.

First-Job Fears: Real-Life Advice For Those Starting Out (PHOTOS)

Elizabeth Kuster | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Kuster

Memories of that first job help me with my "firsts" to this day. Whenever I'm the new girl, I think back to that first terrifying shift at Long John's when I felt so totally at sea (har!), and then I fast-forward to how quick and efficient I was at the end of my Long John's tenure. If you do something once, you can definitely do it again.

Class of 2012: This May Be Your Last Best Chance

Jimmy Dahroug | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Jimmy Dahroug

You'll have the rest of your life to be conventional graduates. Now is the time to chase your dreams, while you're still young enough to start over if you fall.