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From ﬁrst grade to my senior year of college, my recordhad remained virtually ﬂawless.
My overall GPA hadlanded around 3.8. My SAT and ACT scores were high, I hadbeen on the honor roll, belonged to several clubs, etc. I wasthe cookie-cutter student that counselors tried to mold otherstudents into.
And while I was truly sad that the most fun years of my lifewere coming to a halt, I wasn
t too worried. Sure, theeconomy was bad, but I
d done exactly what everyone hadtold me to do. I had a stellar academic record, greatrecommendation letters ready to be deployed, and a hungryattitude that employers would swoon over. I was ready forthe working world.
Yet here I was, less than three months after graduation… Iwas lying on my bathroom ﬂoor, pulling my hair out infrustration, and on the verge of a breakdown.
I'd been turned away or completely ignored by everysingle company I'd applied to over the course of 12weeks (I was even rejected by a company I'd done athree-month internship with).
I had done everything "the right way."
Well, I take that back. There were actually two companiesthat had been interested in me.
The ﬁrst was a staging company, and their only jobrequirements were: be a chain smoker, and embraceherniated discs. The second company turned out to be apyramid scheme. Thanks, CareerBuilder!
What the hell had happened? I thought employers would bebeating down my door just to get a chance to interview me. Ifelt like I deserved
a $40,000/yr starting salarywherever I was hired, especially after doing so well in schoolall these years. I'd done everything they (i.e. teachers,counselors, parents, society) had told me to do. So why wasthis so difﬁcult? Why wasn't I on the path to becomingsuccessful?
TANYONE HIRE ME?!
WHY WOULDN’T ANYONE HIRE ME?!