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How to Get Out of Your Dead End Job

 

This article offers seven rock-solid ways to help you get out of your dead-end job. It is based on personal experience and contains advice I’ve learned from successful people who worked their way up into careers from dead-end jobs.

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Good and bad news for new graduates

Some sobering and frightening statistics below. I haven’t checked out the sources. But if you are struggling to make the transition from grad to career, you probably aren’t alone (see the infographic).

In slightly brighter news, Forbes recently reported that the economy is looking better for new graduates.

It’s important to note that, while the overall increase is small, all broad categories of majors have seen an increase,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE’s executive director, in a statement.

The biggest uptick came for business and communications majors, whose salaries climbed 2.2%. Business majors from the Class of 2012 earn an average of $51,541 while communications majors earn $42,286.

Engineering majors posted the highest salaries of any discipline, $60,639, up 1.9% from 2011.

Of course, though, the lowest salaries in the survey are for humanities and social sciences majors, at $36,824, up 1.4% from the previous year.

The inforgraphic is done by CollegeAtHome.com. I know nothing about them nor is this an endorsement. They do, however, present some interesting stats below.

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How to Write a Cover Letter that Gets You Hired

 

In this article, I’m going to layout a very simple formula for writing a cover letter. This isn’t the typical advice you get around the internet. I’m not going to talk about formatting, generic tips, and why you should proofread. Instead, I’m going to show you the psychological friction you encounter when an employer reads a cover letter and how you can get around this friction to book the interview.

By the end of this article, you’ll know:

  • Why employers don’t call you back
  • The biggest mistake most cover letters make
  • A simple psychological truth about how to get employers to respond to your job application
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‘A Year From Now You Will Wish You Started Today’

Last month, I began to write a novel. I’ve always wanted to write fiction. It’s one of my life goals. And year after year, I kept on delaying. Even my Master’s degree was a delay. I thought learning about fiction was a good way to become a writer. Except I never wrote much.

It’s hard to write. You write embarrassing prose. Your story sucks. Your dialogue is friggen terrible. You feel immature.

This is why most people don’t start things: because the beginning is the hardest part of the climb.

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What Should I Do After Grad School in the Humanities?

You’ve heard that you shouldn’t go to grad school in the humanities. But what if you have gone–here is the true story of my attempt to learn how to adapt my skills and find meaning outside of the Ph.D. job trap.

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December. Winter is a Cocoon in which Graduate Students Sleep

Is doing a Ph.D. in the humanities a good idea? Here is my answer to that question.

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April. The Beginning of the End of My Academic Career

Here is a true story of my transition as a graduate student in the humanities to a search for a job in the real world. This article will give prospective grad students an idea of what to expect if you decide to leave academia. It also will give encouragement to other failed academics.

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