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Job hunting music mix

Part of the fun of summer is having some free time to do whatever you want. Personally I dig listening to music and walking around. Makes me feel all sorts of good.

Just for jollies I thought it’d be fun to put up a fun summer playlist to pump you up for a job hunt (and to avoid the kind of songs you’d normally see on a list).

The Cardigans – “Love Fool”
After an interview, all you can think is “Love me, love me, say that you love me.”

The Knife – “You Make Me Like Charity”
A quirky song, not for everyone, to be sure. But I’ve watched friends move to nonprofit jobs because dealing with for-profit work just isn’t their thing.

Luscious Jackson – “Nervous Breakthrough”
Thank your last boss for pushing you to quit and find a new, better one.

Nelly Furtado – “I’m Like a Bird”
Some days you’ve just got to feel good about yourself. This might be over-the-top sappy, but it’s fun, nonetheless.

Bjork – “Army of Me”
And some days you need to have a little fight in you. If you’ve been on the hunt for a while or turned down for a few dream jobs, this can keep you going.

Radiohead – “Dollars & Cents”
Let’s face it, during a job hunt money’s on the brain.

Feel free to add a few of your own!

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In the summertime

Summer vacation! Yippee! Or not, for some of you studious souls who have decided to take classes during these would-be leisure months. Summer classes have their pluses and minuses.

Cons: You’re stuck studying, you can’t work as many hours to save up some much-needed cash, you can’t stay out late when everybody else is partying it up, you can’t take an actual vacation to some exotic beach.

Pros: You’re getting another class out of the way, you can possibly bump up graduation a little earlier, you don’t have a chance to get bored, you can make good connections with your professors since you’re probably in smaller classes.

I took summer courses and know all too well the good and bad of the experience, so you have my sympathies and encouragement.

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Admittedly, for someone who’s supposed to be part of the on-the-cutting-edge generation, I’ve been a bit slow to pick up on some technological advances. I held on to my old cell phone for a little too long and was consequently a couple of years behind the texting craze. I waited to get an mp3 player until the initial kinks were ironed out (and I really did like carrying around a CD player, believe it or not).

Luckily, my friends have been far better at staying on top of these things, and because of them I’ve kept up with all the fun gadgets that I’ll eventually buy. The latest of these is the iPhone.

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As seen on TV

I won’t lie—I wish my life were like TV sometimes. I’d probably make more money, have a bigger apartment, and somehow have a lucrative job that still allows me to hang out with friends at all hours of the day.

Just for fun, let’s see what TV’s fictitious real world can teach us.

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