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4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

Peter Vogt, MonsterTRAK Career Coach

It’s dangerous to make blanket generalizations about different jobs, careers and industries. You’ve probably heard many pronouncements like these from friends, family members and others:

• “You should major in computer science. It’s the hottest field, and you’ll get a good job when you graduate.”

• “You’re going to major in art? You’re nuts! You’ll never find a job!”

• “Why don’t you try accounting? There are tons of jobs in that field.”

• “An English major, huh? I hope you enjoy the unemployment line.”

Sound familiar? There’s no way to say with certainty that you’ll get an instant job if you go into nursing or that you’ll never find a job if you major in music or sociology. Why? Because there are simply too many variables affecting your eventual job search in any field, and you need to take those variables into account, both when you’re deciding on a career path and when you’re actually taking the first step toward your first job after graduation.

Here are a few key factors affecting job search success:


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