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"Learn to do the following: interview, build your résumé, negotiate your salary. As a recruiter, I see too many recent grads who don't know how to do any of these things...and they unfortunately don't teach it in school!"
—Lauren Greenfeld, recruiter
"Know your worth. A lot of industries expect work for free when people are starting out. Sometimes it's worth it just to get the experience, but at a certain point you have to fight for more. I did work for free (an internship, some writing clips) that proved valuable as they translated into published work and jobs. But I think it's important to draw the line and then move on to paid work. You have to pay your rent!"
—Erin Donnelly, London contributor
"Network, because it really is about who you know. It's not that 'who you know' gets you a job — it’s that having a wide professional network opens up potential opportunities you may not have otherwise known about. The more people you know, the more people who can tell you about jobs, recommend you for new jobs, etc.
"On social networks such as Twitter, start following people you admire or aspire to be like; then look at who they follow, and start following them, too. Reply to their posts, take part in conversations. When people told me this advice, I always thought it sounded snobby, so 1%. I'm going to make it my own way, I don't need anyone else's help! I thought to myself. My network is how I found out about the position I now love here at Refinery29, and an acquaintance on Twitter was how I found out about the internship that turned into a full-time roll at Wired before that."
—Christina Bonnington, technology editor
"You will have so many careers before you retire. And, in this economy and at our age, so many jobs even before you turn 30. Nothing is set in stone, and your first job doesn't really matter."
—Marshall Bright, editorial assistant, Living
"It's okay to not really know what you want to do with your life yet. Have a go at something, dust yourself off, and try again (as Aaliyah would say). Pressuring yourself to know your ultimate professional purpose will cause you to stop enjoying the present or absorbing the day-to-day lessons you could be experiencing. Every job you have will eventually make you what you are, no matter how trivial it might seem at the time."
—Grace Gordon, brand experiences director