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  •  Mister Gloom (13+ / 0-)

    Having been involved in hiring committees, and based on my own personal observations, here's my two cents:

    * True, you probably don't want to be entirely lacking in work experience before you're thirty, but I've never heard anything about an actual cutoff time.

    * Don't dismiss graduate school. It can certainly count as work experience, depending on what you do and how you frame it. It's good to work part time while you're studying, if you can, to get "job experience." But teaching is also job experience, as is project management. For instance, consulting firms often hire PhDs in non-consulting fields because of their sophisticated thinking and organizational skills.

    * Your resume should tell a coherent narrative about how you developed education, skills and work experience in your chosen area. It doesn't have to be "conventional," but it does have to make sense.

    * Companies and institutions hire people from out of state all the time. Simply not an issue. They want the best person. To be more specific, the best "fit."

    * Cultivating a self-image as "Mister Gloom" won't help you get a good job, unless you like working as a bartender in a Goth/Punk bar. But if that career option works for you, go with it unapologetically.

    •  Can't Agree At All (1+ / 0-)
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      >>* Don't dismiss graduate school. It can certainly count as work experience, depending on what you do and how you frame it. <<</p>

      I've tried this and you know what it got me?  The look of barely concealed laughter of the interviewer.  Grad school, particularly MBA programs, are so useless I'd advise physical violence to talk loveones out of doing this ludicrious exercise.

      >>* Companies and institutions hire people from out of state all the time. <<</p>

      This I call bullshit to and I actually have the test cases to prove it.  I know people who've applied to Maryland companies from Michigan and have always been completely ignored.  Those same people moved to Maryland applied to the SAME companies with a Maryland address and almost always at least got interviews.  How does that correlate to your thesis.

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      "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

      by Mister Gloom on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 12:33:58 PM PST

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