When I was (somewhat) fresh out of graduate school The New Social Worker invited me to write a piece for them about finding your first job. I have since started using that piece which I titled "The Search: Obtaining the Right Job, Finding Your Self, and Crafting a Career" in the class I teach for Lake Forest College - Loop 202: Professional Development in the 21st Century. There are a number of places in this piece that I can, and do, in class anyway, go more in depth, and I plan to revisit some of the ideas herein at LinkedIn down the road, but for now, and with this piece not being available online, I decided to share it in its mostly, though not entirely, original form here. It still speaks to me, and I hope it speaks to you. I also look forward to your thoughts. Thanks.