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So Kid, You Want A Job?

If you just got your degree and are trying to launch yourself into the workforce, here are some tips from Forbes on how to stand out from the competition. (Psst! They're helpful even if you're a seasoned veteran of corporate America looking for a change.)

"It’s that time of year when bright college grads are leaving summer travels behind and being spit out into the real world. It’s a great job market, but while the newest working class may be dreaming about corporate foosball tables, it’s still a competition. So if you’re one of the newbies looking to contribute to the GDP, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the basics I’ve picked up after interviewing hundreds of people trying to get on our payroll. While we have a welcoming environment and our interviews are laid back, you are being evaluated against a lot of other people.

"1. Have a presence. 

"You don’t have to be born with it. Having a presence can be developed over time if you didn’t inherit charisma or wit. If you’ve read a decent amount, been a student of pop culture or attempted some adventures, your DNA will be evolved and it will seep through. Or you can literally dress the part by having a unique style. This doesn’t mean expensive; I've seen my wife put together a killer outfit from a flea market or secondhand store. And finally, dammit, make eye contact and give a good handshake. Dead fish are dead in the water before they utter a word."

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