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Dear JT and Dale: I am a fresh graduate living at home while I look for a job. My parents are mad at me because they expect me to apply for any job I’m even remotely qualified for. I graduated as an engineer and want to be very intentional about who I work for. Many possible employers in my area are companies that I disagree with about the type of work they do. My parents are upset that I let my beliefs get in the way of my work. They say I have to get a job and then after working there for a few years move on. I do not agree. But that said, it’s been six months since I graduated and I still don’t have a job. How can I stay true to my convictions and find a job? —Jadyn

JT: For starters, as a sign of good faith towards your parents, you should get some hourly job that will allow you to contribute to the household income.

VALLEY: This would help them be more supportive of a longer search, especially if you were to do relevant work, perhaps through a temp agency.

JT: Second, you need to know who you want to work for. If you have strong philosophical and personal beliefs, you will need to identify at least 20 companies that align with those. Then you need to start networking with people who work in those companies. Getting introduced is one of the best ways to be considered for a job. Learning to leverage the power of tools like LinkedIn can be a great way for you to connect with people who can connect you with hiring managers. Targeting your job search to companies that match your beliefs is one of the smartest things you can do because once you land a job, you’ll be excited about the opportunity.

Jeanine “JT” Tanner O’Donnell is a career coach and founder of the leading career site www.workitdaily.com. Dale Dauten is the founder of The Innovators’ Lab and the author of an HR novel, “The Weary Optimist”. Please visit them at jtanddale.comwhere you can email questions or write to them c/o King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803.

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