No Excuses

By Allison Sass

This might be the key factor preventing you from landing your first post grad position. Excuses plague our everyday lives, "I can't do this because of this" or "I can't do that because of that". One of the first steps towards landing your dream position, or getting anywhere in life really, is to stop making excuses for yourself.  Not to sound like a cheesy self-help book, but stop saying "I can't"!

For example, many recent graduates focus their job search online. We make the excuse that a certain position is too far away to travel to, so we instead stay in our computer comfort bubble and email about the position. It's understandable that you might not be able to stop in at the office, but why not step out of your comfort zone and pick up a phone to make yourself stand out from the other applicants?

Another common post grad excuse for unemployment comes hand in hand with rejection. You might think after a few unsuccessful interviews that you've tried "everything possible" to land a position. The truth is, if you don't have a position- you haven't. Rejection is an inevitable part of life and pitying yourself will not get you anywhere.

Take steps out of your comfort zone, ask around about employment, and above all consistently  get yourself out there. I'm sharing this tidbit of tough love because I have been there. Sometimes I still fall into the rut of making excuses for myself when I should really be facing the music of everyday post grad life. Don't fall into the excuses trap! Stay true to yourself and push forward- you will eventually get to where to want to be.


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