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Should I use my connections to get a good job?

I have recently completed my enlistment contract with the U.S. Army in which I have served honorably for 6 years. I have always been inclined to work in places that are deemed selfless and morally reputable. It has been difficult to navigate through this very difficult recession and to adequately provide comfortably for my family due to my preference in working for a non-profit that pays low. This finally led me to think of whether I should leverage my connections into a different career path that has the potential to pay really high. My sister and brother-in-law are currently vice-presidents of Merrill Lynch in the state that we reside in. She has told me before if I ever wanted to work there, I would be hired right away and be under her wing. She and her husband makes well over $500,000 a year combined and my wife and I make less than 10% of their gross income. I have always felt that big banks like Merrill Lynch are responsible for our recession and therefore not an institution that is for the common person. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Thanks for your input.

Asked By: - 11/24/2012
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As a person who has been on all sides of this situation, I will say that having good income and money is an extremely good thing. At the same time, if you hate what you are doing, you will not be able to be happy, and that also matters greatly. However, most people judge others from second hand information, which... More
Answered By: pegasusaig - 11/24/2012
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What ever it takes.
Answered By: Jamlord - 11/24/2012
 
Go for it. As someone who's been working a while and seen people who have been at my company for a long and get passed up for hire positions. I can honestly say its who you know, not what you know.
Answered By: Julio - 11/24/2012
 
Money isn't everything. Happiness in life & self pride in what you're doing, is. Pick a career that gives you these.
Answered By: William Z - 11/24/2012
 
I agree with your position on banks. However, someone is going to work there, so it may as well be you. Also, not all banks (nor all bankers) are bad companies or bad people. Plus, you owe it to your family to give them the best life you can.
Answered By: I Like Turtles - 11/24/2012
 
Should I use my connections to get a good job? Duh.
Answered By: madetoloveChrist - 11/24/2012
 
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