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Be realistic & authentic
Today, earning a degree is no guarantee of securing work afterwards. You will be competing against many of your peers -- often in the same boat as you -- and so presenting yourself as professional through both the application stage and interview is a must.
This doesn't always mean that the piercings have to go, or you need to subdue yourself in the interview room. If an employer thinks your personality would mesh well in the company, you stand a fighting chance.
However, it could take years before you land a role in your required role. In the meantime, anything to keep you in work can help. It may also be worth considering broadening your horizons by researching internships, opportunities abroad and free courses.
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