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Surprise! Top Talent Still Finds Jobs

Q. I'm starting my sophomore year in college as an honor student, and I'm worried about how I'll earn enough money when I get out to repay big college loans. I'm thinking about joining the Peace Corps because I don't think I'll be able to find a decent job. What do you hear?

Ans. Most grads have the same concerns, even in good times. You're worrying you won't get that great job. But battle those demons and be positive. Despite the slow economy and job market, a recent survey by Right Management, career arm of Manpower Group consultants, showed that one out of four organizations lost high-performing employees they didn't want to lose in the last year and is looking for top talent to replace them. That's more than showed in last year's survey. Employers are learning they must hire and train the best talent to fill those spots. So keep studying and making honors. Right Management's spokesman says, "Top talent always has employment options. They'll usually find some place that they feel appreciates what they bring." That would be you.

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