DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a graduating from college in May. I love school and am grateful that I have had summer internships that landed me a job post-graduation. However, I do not have a job now and funds are low. I don't want to work in food service considering I have a nice salary waiting for me after college. My friends have told me to lower my expectations in this city, but if I can get a great salary post-graduation, why can't I get a good one now? -- Broke with Standards, New Haven, Connecticut
DEAR BROKE WITH STANDARDS: Now is a time both to count your blessings that you have a job secured once you graduate and to get realistic. If you need a job now, get what you can get. Don't let your high standards about your future cloud your present. What are the available jobs at your school or in your area? Look online, on community boards -- everywhere you can. Listen carefully to your friends. Rather than dismissing their suggestions, find out from them where the jobs are. In the scheme of things, it doesn't matter at all what job you have for the next few months. It does matter that you have money in your pocket.