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Great questions David. All of the above reasons you listed are true. They say the keys are Vocation and Location. If you are willing to change one or certainly both, your chances of a good job go up substantially.

David Lubic

Just out of curiosity, how does this square up with the reports of college grads who can't get work in their fields, and are struggling with debt? Did they go into the wrong fields? Do they live in the wrong places (no opportunity)? Are businesses too cheap to pay them what they might be worth? Do personnel people not hire whom they could?

My wife has personal experience with the last one. After losing her job, she took a correspondence course in medical coding. For the results we got, she might have just thrown her money away. Nobody would hire her because the medical people and hospitals all wanted someone with "experience."

But how do you get experience when you can't get hired?

I'm becoming personally convinced it's one thing to know how do do something, but another to figure out how to get paid for it. I think getting hired--or selling a product or service--is an art, a gift along the lines of music or painting.

It doesn't matter what you know or how good your work ethic is if you can't get paid for any of it.

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