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Everyone will have to work hard but you are going to have to work harder than everyone. There is absolutely no substitute for working your ass off.


Many of us in the class of 2020 are graduating into one of the worst economic climates ever.

Even crazier is that just a couple of months ago we were in one of the greatest economic climates of our lives.

Jobs were abundant and if you were on LinkedIn like me, your inbox was probably full of messages from recruiters.

Now my inbox is empty. We are entering the job force straight into a recession, so, what should we be doing?

Here are some tips that I have for all of you starting new careers during this crisis:

Relax

Everything will eventually go back to normal.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, and to the human spirit nothing is insurmountable.

In the near future we will be on the road to recovery. It won’t be easy, but we are young and resilient.

We will be a generation that will have learned to work hard and take nothing for granted.

Learn to Compromise

The job market is not what it was 2 months ago and the dream job you were hoping for might not be available anymore.

But, that’s okay, take what you can get and know that better days are coming.

This might be an opportunity that you find is fulfilling or it may be an opportunity to grow and learn a few things.

Your career might not start out where you wanted it to, but the important thing is that you start something.

Work Hard

Everyone will have to work hard but you are going to have to work harder than everyone.

At the job you find yourself in, even if it isn’t the one you wanted, work harder than anyone else, get promoted. That is how you succeed in this world.

There is absolutely no substitute for working your ass off.

When an opportunity for a dream job does eventually come up you will be all the more prepared to get that position.

We Will Be the Greatest Winners

If you work hard and make the most of this crisis you will come out the other side the greatest winner.

Here’s why: No one else will have fought through so much adversity and it is unlikely that an event like this will occur again in your lifetimes, so, for the next 50 or so years everything else will seem like a breeze.

When we are back into an economic boom we will know to truly take advantage of it and take nothing for granted.

About the author

Jeb Blount, Jr.

Jeb Blount, Jr.

Jeb Blount, Jr. is a graduate of Berry College with a degree in Political…

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