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Make the Most of a "McJob"

Because the availability of career starter jobs is limited, you might need to settle for a "McJob" (hey, you've got to pay the bills!). If this happens, be consistent in demonstrating the personal characteristics that employers value (e.g., adaptability, positive attitude, dependability, and a good work ethic). At minimum, this will yield a strong reference from your supervisor. If your supervisor values employee development, he/she may also reward your top performance by allowing you to take on special projects. You'll first need to tell your supervisor that you're interested in getting as much experience as you can. For instance, you might ask your supervisor if you could assist with brainstorming solutions to workplace problems or training new employees.

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