Feeling burn-out?

How to Get Any Job You Want

To even get an interview, I had to beat out students from established accounting programs and more prestigious schools. Fortunately, I had one advantage: I didn’t have to prove that I was better than all the other candidates, because I knew how to get in through the side door. In fact, I’d landed a previous job even after the posting for it was already gone because the hiring manager had given up finding the right candidate! In this post I’ll break down how I land jobs I’m not qualified for and teach you how you can do that, too.


Let’s bust the myth of qualifications right now. Think about it: companies put out job descriptions because they want something done — a job. And “job” is just a catchall for a set of tasks the company pays you to do. As long as you can figure out what those tasks are and show the company that you can do them, then you’re qualified for the job.

Once you get an interview, you need a different set of skills (more on that later), but for now, you just have to get noticed. Here are a few tips to help you get an interview without looking qualified on paper.  Companies put out job descriptions to save time. They write them to increase the probability that they’ll attract and interview qualified candidates and to filter out unqualified ones. 

There’s a Silicon Valley saying that goes, “If you want money, ask for advice.” That is, if you want startup money, then you should go ask a venture capitalist out for coffee and their business advice. And we’re going to use that same principle to get a job you’re not qualified for: Ask someone at the company out for coffee to get their advice on the job and the company.

Use the side door!

Burnout in College

I should have just said “No.” About one year ago during my senior year of college, I was juggling a full course load, an internship, extracurriculars, and a social life. One afternoon, I got an email from someone asking me to help them edit their book. I knew I’d be in over my head, but the money sounded good and I wanted to prove my worth. A few days into the project, I was exhausted, stressed, and strapped for time—all during my last semester of college. Why? Because I didn’t have the guts to say, “No.” It was my first taste of burnout.

What is burnout?

David Ballard of the American Psychological Association defines job-related burnout as: “An extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.” Of course, if you replace “job” with “student,” that definition remains the same. But before you diagnose yourself as burnt out, it’s important to make a distinction between stress and burnout.

The good news about burnout is that you can prevent it by developing self-awareness. Just like a doctor can prevent an illness by detecting symptoms, you can prevent burnout by understanding its precursors. Now, you’ve probably experienced stress as the result of a singular task or event, like a looming test or job interview. But burnout is different: it doesn’t happen overnight or because of one incident. Burnout can take months or even years to develop. But why does it happen?

Whether you’re just now noticing the symptoms of burnout or you’re barely hanging onto your academic life by a thread, the following strategies should be able help you out. First and foremost, recognizing the early signs of burnout and to anticipating things that cause it is the first step to freedom. It’s much easier and more efficient to manage burnout when your mental faculties are not hampered by constant exhaustion or frustration.

Take the warning signs seriously!

Monday Shower Thoughts 

  1. Dogs would try harder to not get hair everywhere, if they knew they were they reason for the vacuum being used.
  2. The number of people being pushed into pools has decreased dramatically now that every person has a $1000 computer in their pockets
  3. Not being a Game of Thrones fan today feels like being a non-football fan on Super Bowl Sunday.
  4. Technically, serotonin and dopamine are the only two things you enjoy

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