Recent Graduates: Having a hard time finding a good job? You must first determine your skills

Job listings rarely read, "We need English majors for top jobs with top dollars," or "History majors: Earn six-figures for performing intellectually fulfilling work." For some job seekers with liberal arts degrees, targeting potential employers and marketing yourself may seem like an impossible task.

It's not. The first step is not to think of yourself in terms of your specific degree. Many companies do not hire students because of their specific degrees - instead they use job applicants' skills as criteria for filling positions.

So, instead of asking, "What are good jobs for English majors?" ask, "What are my passions and strengths? What skills do I have? What do I want to be doing in my job?" The first step in responding to these questions is to honestly address what you love to do. What fascinates you? What do you find compelling and fulfilling? Once you've answered these questions, address what skills you can bring to the work place. Also, when you assess your skills, don't forget the skills you gained from doing volunteer and extra-curricular work.

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