First-Time Job Seekers Face New Struggles
We asked students from American University in Washington, D.C., to share their concerns about post-graduation plans and finding work in a tough economy. Washington Post careers columnist Lily Garcia responds to their questions.
Turning an Internship into a Full-time Job
Name: Kai McConnell
Major: Journalism and Anthropology
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
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Tips
  • Think about the contributions you've made to the organization during your internship.
  • Determine the needs of the company and where your skills and talents can be used in the longer term.
Interview Misconceptions
Name: Jacob Colvin
Major: History
Hometown: Mill Valley, Calif.
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Tips
  • Take the interview process seriously and put forward your best effort, even in your appearance.
  • Do your research and be prepared to answer questions.
  • Ask intelligent questions even if the employer is very thorough in describing the position to you.
Making the Wrong Job Choice
Name: R.J. Stidd
Major: Finance and Marketing
Hometown: Tully, N.Y.
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Tips
  • Early in your career, it's all about trial and error. Know that it's okay to be unsure about your choices.
  • Choose an employer and/or manager that is invested in your personal career growth.
Overcoming Job Market Pessimism
Name: Aly Jiwani
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Mumbai, India
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Tips
  • Know that you are not alone; it's a tough market for entry-level applicants and experienced workers, so find employment where you can.
  • Consider taking a job that may not have all the requirements that you had in mind.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Name: Tara Fuller, intern, Washington Post Digital
Major: Print Journalism
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Tips
  • Get smart about how you look for employment.
  • Reach out to your network of contacts, including those who aren't in your field.
  • Enlist the help of people who care about you, to assist you with your job search efforts.
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COPY/VIDEOS: Sakina Rangwala and Tara Fuller - washingtonpost.com; EDITOR: Amy Adkins - washingtonpost.com
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