The ideal job is one of the most elusive creatures that we hunt in this day and age. It can camouflage itself as a promising situation, only to yield nothing but undue stresses. The pay may appear great but the ethical standards of the company do not meet your own. You may walk into an interview well-dressed and even better prepared but your confidence may be a bit too much for your interviewer (who will likely be your supervisor) to handle. So guess what you do? After all the promising interviews turned shattered dreams and hours of fruitless online applications, you settle. You settle for a dead end retail or call center job where you can slowly coast to retirement, never using the degree you worked so hard for and, more importantly, the degree you are still paying off. But here’s a suggestion for you: Why not re-strategize?
It’s evident to many of us that getting out of undergrad in this economy is a struggle. If we’re not in a challenging position ourselves, we have quite a few friends who are. To have the same outlook on employment that our parents had is insane. Many companies are no longer loyal to their employees and, in turn, many of those employees won’t be loyal to their companies. It’s like the boyfriend and girlfriend who both caught one another cheating but stay together, knowing that neither party will ever trust the other again. The things is, for this thing to work, one side has to step out on a limb. So in your interviews, let the company know you’re in it for the long haul and mean it. Ups and downs, you’ll be there. But you need them to guarantee the same. They need to have an actual plan of growth for employees looking to advance with the company. Money is being invested by the company but time is being invested by you and you need them to acknowledge and respect that. Now, hopefully this new (rediscovered) strategy of loyalty once held between company and employee will be successful. At the end of the day, all most if us want to do is be stable.
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