What Students And Grads Wish They’d Known Before They Started Job Hunting

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If I could go back and talk to my childhood self, oh the things I would say.

Starting off with a frank discussion about my crush on Lance Bass and ending with a tutorial on why yellow braces elastics don’t give a sunshine-like smile but instead make it look like I haven’t brushed in weeks; mini-me would get an earful on the ways of the world.

Over the past few years, I’ve learned more than just how to deal with my celebrity love life and dental aesthetics. As I aged, my wrinkles and my understanding of the employment world have deepened.

When I first started my job hunt, I thought that black sweatpants could count as business wear and a cover letter request was simply a suggestion. I have since lived and learned.

And it appears that I’m not the only one.

Hey, if you can’t share it with your early job-hunting self, why not share it with the Twitterverse and the thousands of students soon to become job-seekers? So, we put to it to our devoted TalentEgg Twitter following.

What do you wish you had known when you first started your job hunt?

Storified by · Wed, Jul 25 2012 13:43:04

Question of the day: What do you wish you had known when you first started your #jobhunt?TalentEgg.ca
.@TalentEgg They don’t care about your degree/experience. They care about you, and what makes you tick. If they like you, the job is yours.Atif Kukaswadia
@TalentEgg degree doesn’t determine if you get the job… focus is on how the skills from your edu are transferable to the ‘real world’مريم [ˈmariːˈam]
@TalentEgg Spend time polishing up a personalized cover letter vs a bunch of medicore ones. It makes all the difference!Yvonne Chung
@TalentEgg I wish I’d known the power of the hidden job market: Stop pouring all kinds of time into online applications and hit the streets!Alison Pearce
It’s not what you’ve learned that matters but rather what you can do with it in your career that counts! #jobhunting #inprogress @talenteggyaT anereS
@TalentEgg I wish I knew that education isn’t the most important part to a successful job hunt.Sebastian D
@TalentEgg #jobhunt i wish i knew that June & July r the slowest months for hiring so i shouldn’t worry about not getting any interviews atmKleine Achiles

Tell us in the comments:

What do you wish you’d known before you started job hunting?

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Ishani Nath is a proud McMaster alum, aspiring writer and current journalism grad student at Ryerson University. When she's not hammering out articles, she can usually be found on a patio or nestled on a couch trying to keep up with those crazy Kardashians. She hopes to one day have a job that makes her excited to get up each morning, or at least one that gives her free food. Intrigued? Enthralled? Learn more by following her on @ishaninath.