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This week’s theme on Engineer Blogs relates to networking and finding jobs.  I have both worked in the Real World™ as well as being a grad student and an engineer in an academic research group. My experience getting jobs before I returned to school in my mid-twenties was almost bi-polar.  People didn’t go so much on recommendations, and most of the jobs I applied for were in the paper.  (Yes, back before the internet became the world’s largest classified ad.)  I was living in southern California at the time, so that meant, of course, that I had a hard time getting jobs because I was usually competing against several hundred applicants.  I had an easy time getting jobs that I didn’t want and that didn’t pay well, but it was very difficult to find jobs I actually enjoyed.  The low spot was spending a year working as a secretary at…

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