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Chapter 11. Solving Problems in the Prof... > Fundamentals of the Job Search

Fundamentals of the Job Search

John Loomis's job search contains some sophisticated twists and turns that an entry-level search would not simply because he has some professional experience and has been out of school for five years. Yet, John is not so very advanced. For example, he does not have a graduate degree; some of this book's readers, on the other hand, will be going on to graduate or professional school before taking on a very serious job search. Also, as a traditional student, John may be younger than some readers who are nontraditional students. He may be less experienced than our readers are as well.

John's story is important because it depicts the deeper rhetorical considerations that we all must accommodate when engaged in a serious job search. His story provides a feel for the decisions that professionals make as they conduct their search. Those contemplating getting their first job out of college may not care much about the finer points of the search; they just want to do anything to get that first job and may assume that their college credentials will do the trick for them. Yet, unless some magical guarantee that downturns in the economy will never happen again, very few job seekers will be able to rely only on college credentials. Most will have to distinguish themselves from the pack of other job seekers, all with similar college credentials.


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