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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Recession-Proof Careers by Jeff Cohen

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Tell Me About Your Experience

It comes down to you and another candidate for a job. You size up the competition. What’s he got that you don’t? One word … experience! It’s the one word that has killed the dreams of many fresh-faced workers. “You seem great, but we’re looking for someone with more experience.” As soon as the hiring manager utters that phrase, your chances are lost. Your stellar grades, your semester abroad for international experience, your willingness to donate your body to science … none of it matters if experience is the deciding factor.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes you just don’t have the experience to get the gig. This section is not about that situation. What we’re talking about here is taking charge of your ...

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