I was reading this article about how unemployment in the USA is at it's highest for people ages 16-29 since WWII. So that's tough for anyone who is looking to get their first job, and would like to leave the nest. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout...ng-americans-put-off-adulthood-160406776.html Some people have had the experience of working the occasional minimum wage retail job, stocking shelves, flipping burgers, punching buttons and dealing with all of that fun stuff. Possibly still while in High School, and realistically right now after graduating from college with a Bachelors degree in business management, accounting, programming or who knows what. There's nothing wrong with working a retail job, being a waiter, a janitor or whatever. Fact is, a job is a job and that dream job may just be a bit off for you. Being the next designer at Apple, or whatever may have to wait just a bit and you may to have to make burgers a little while longer. If you're looking for a job, and you get a phone call from a company you don't remember sending a resume to, chances are you didn't. They got your resume from a list somewhere and there looking for ANYBODY to fill a space. It never hurts to go check out these opportunities, however sometimes they aren't all they are cracked up to be. Be careful when you walk into a mass interview. Company XYZ calls you and schedules you for an interview at a set time, you arrive to find many people there, rows of chairs, and there is some kind of presenter. It never hurts to hear what they have to say, however you may have just wasted an hour or several hours listening to a seminar for a job that just is a pile of garbage. Beware of companies that inform you that you will have to pay for some kind of training for whatever position, or that they will deduct that training from your paycheck(s) in the beginning because of some kind of requirements for the position they are offering. If XYZ company is so successful like any other company they have money in their budget to train new employees. If they need your money before they can pay you, somethings not right and it's you're better off looking for another job. Watch out for phrases like, "We'll make you rich!" or "I've been with the company for x months and now I make 8- 15 G's a month, and have( insert more outrageous lies here)." These are tactics that they use to draw you in because they know you need a job, and like vampires at a blood bank there very happy to see you. Avoid pyramid schemes, "In x months you too will have people under you and they will be making you money." Chances are in X months you will be burnt out, selling some product nobody wants, and will have to figure out what to do next. When you are at interviews/ seminars like thees chances are you're about to make a huge mistake by agreeing to their terms and starting your new job with them. I say this because someday you may be that person giving the seminar to all the prospective new employees. You did just say that you don't need to be there that day giving that seminar because you could be at home in your mansion, with two AMG SLK's in the garage. However in reality you really don't want to go back to your apartment via the bus, that you share with your roommates from work that you've been living with for the past 4 years looking for that big break that you were promised, but unfortunately still hasn't presented itself to you. It really is better off to go take a job at Mc Burgers and wait for a real job, that you would like. Even if you have to wait a bit longer then you had planned. Temp jobs however can be good, because sometimes they give you an opportunity to work for a company that may be hiring for a permanent position later. So even if you wanted a full time job, waiting out that temp position may pay off. Another thing to be careful on is trade schools. University of Employmentville isn't always telling you the truth, it's a business that makes money by enrolling students in courses. Sometimes it seems that you may be working that dream job after 2-4 years of classes and student loans. You too will be making $XX,XXX.XX. in this field. No you will be making whatever the starting salary is for that position because you have NO JOB EXPERIENCE in your field. Eventually you will be making whatever the school recruiter said you would be making, but that takes time. Also you will have to pay back those student loans in full while the interest on those loans builds and builds, graduated or not. Still though, the education is still a good idea, and most likely will pay off at some point if not right away. Like I said the economy is tough, and unfortunately people are willing to use that to their advantage to get by on you. If you're being offered an outrageous deal that seems unrealistic by somebody, chances are it probably is. I'd love to hear from people who got caught up in jobs like those, or have advice to offer for those looking to start out in this crazy economy.