There are times in your life where everything aligns perfectly, but then there are others where different parts of your life begin to shift, leaving you to pick up the pieces. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) When you are confronted with the latter, it’s important to be confident when change presents itself and persevere, no matter the odds. No matter what life throws your way, you must remember that sometimes the things you worked so hard to fortify could at any point in time come crashing down, and that’s perfectly okay. What matters most is your mindset and how you handle the situations to come. No matter how good life seems right now, you should always take the necessary steps to prepare yourself for the inevitable or the profoundly unexpected. Here’s how you can find the confidence, or build off of the confidence you already have, to defy the odds so that you continue moving forward in your life and career.

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Financing your college education with loans is the new norm. If you’ve never filled out a FASFA for college, consider yourself lucky. But if you have, you’ve probably felt the crippling weight of those loans even before crossing the stage. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) While there are a number of options to ensure that you are financially sound throughout your college education, there is still a considerable gap in financial literacy after college and how to apply that knowledge to your career choices. There are many benefits to working on your financial literacy to ensure you maintain healthy finances and a balanced career. Here are a few ways financial literacy can improve your finances and career:

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There are many people out there who are fortunate enough to go to school with a few career paths in mind. However, there are also many people who aren’t sure which path is best, and spend four or more years trying to make sense of the best route to a satisfying career. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) Years pass, and you either graduate with a college degree you’re proud of or you graduate with a degree you feel lukewarm about. Whether you’re happy with your undergraduate studies and experiences or you need more clarification, there’s always room to grow and make sense of your first degree. Here are a few things you can do when you’re second-guessing your college degree:

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You did it! You managed to survive the long nights cramming and countless research papers. Now comes the most rewarding part of your undergraduate education, graduating. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) It’s normal to get lost in the chaos of purchasing your cap and gown, wrapping up final projects, and saying goodbye to friends on campus, but don’t let these things distract you from being ready for reality after you cross that stage. Hopefully you’ve spent your years wisely building up your network, interning or securing an externship, and putting your studies to good use on the job. Here’s how to absolutely crush the competition after graduation:

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Social media, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and many more technological advancements are rapidly changing the world as we know it, and how we interact with it. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) While change is good, too much change can feel overwhelming, especially if technology isn’t your strong suit. Not being the most technologically aware person can put a major damper in your job search or cause you to fall behind in your career if your company is always innovating and changing software. But if you’re still rocking a flip phone, surfing on Myspace, or struggling to incorporate technology into your everyday workflow, all is not lost. Here are a few simple ways you can become tech savvy:

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You’ve probably heard the term best fit or ideal candidate quite a bit if you’ve been applying for new jobs, submitting college applications, or simply sifting through your long-term career goals. Employers know who they want, and usually what they want, in the hiring process. However, sometimes that’s not always clear on the other end and candidates can find themselves with many mixed messages. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) Aspiring to be the perfect fit for a new position is a job in itself. After all, no one’s perfect, and everyone is unique. But what do you do when you’ve received the infamous rejection email for the umpteenth time? How will you possibly bounce back from not being the best fit after nailing the first or second interview, time and time again? Here are a few ways to grow as a candidate, and own not being the ideal fit:

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Life can seem like a real tug of war sometimes. Things can be going perfect and then suddenly take a turn for the worse.

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Sometimes the right job takes a little longer than expected. It could be weeks, months, or even years for you to land the right role. You may start to feel like no matter how much time you spend filling out job applications, refining your cover letter, or taking the time to reach out to prospective companies, that you just can’t catch a break. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) This leaves you feeling defeated, worthless, stuck, and more likely to settle for a job that will change the course of your career for the worse. If this sounds like you, you should know that what you’re experiencing is burnout, and that you are not alone in how you feel. A job search can feel like full-time job, and can be utterly draining. It’s incredibly easy to lose your motivation when things aren’t looking up, but we’re here to change that. Here are six ways you can hack your job search when you’re at the lowest of lows:

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