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Job searching isn't easy when you have a degree. Trust me. I have two and have been turned down by three clerical/front-desk receptionist jobs. And those three companies are the only places that has called me for interviews in the 10 months I have been unemployed and looking.

I've had friends tell me to leave my education off my resume. I'm not doing that for one reason: pride. I am proud of my accomplishments. I am proud to be one of the few on both sides of my family to receive a master's degree. Why should I not display it on a resume? I furthered my education to climb the corporate ladder at my own job, but things at that company didn't work out so I went ahead toward my goal of obtaining my master's degree in Management and Leadership. I received it in October of 2010 and am proud of myself.

Now, searching for jobs have become difficult. Most places wonder, "Why is she looking for a receptionist job when she has two degrees?" Because no job position is big or small in a company, and I want an ENTRY-LEVEL position that pays me on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. I'm looking for a job I can stay at until I retire. I like the small-town living and don't want to move. I have student loans and other bills that have to be paid. I'm not trying to make a lot of money; I'm just trying to make enough to live.

So as I continue to put in applications and resumes for potential employers, remember this: My name is Wendy J. Miller, I have a bachelor's and master's degree, I'm proud of my education and I'm applying to entry-level positions so I can learn everything about the company and be of assistance to possible new co-workers. Not forgetting to mention earning a steady paycheck until I retire.