9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates

Are you a soon-to-be new graduate looking for a job?

Many of today’s graduates are told they should look for jobs specifically in the area of their college major.   This is old advice that is no longer valid.

9 Things Employers Look For In New Grads

Skills and knowledge are transferable.  Graduates have a leg up on other applicants when they can plug their knowledge into different areas, show employers they are flexible and do the job regardless of their major.

In the past, people felt learning a particular skill was important for landing the job.  Now employers are looking more for the whole package.  Yes, you must have basic skills and knowledge in the area, but other things play a big role in the hiring process.

Employers Want

Employers look for candidates with:

  • A willingness to learn and try new things
  • An ability to work with others
  • Great communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Leadership
  • An ability to handle change
  • Responsibility and self-motivation
  • An awareness of strengths
  • An ability to think outside the box
  • A desire to grow with the company

Showcase Your Skills

Showcase what you can do and what you have been involved in on your resume. Don’t feel you are limited to work experience.  If you are a new grad, employers will expect to see college activities and leadership in such activities as part of your resume.

You might be surprised what the employer will find valuable.   I know a person with an engineering background that was hired because of their social media knowledge to help promote the company.  I also know a graduate who was scooped up by a radio station as an on-air broadcaster because he had worked for his college radio station and had a superior work ethic.

Keep an Open Mind

Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one certain job.  Keep an open mind when applying for roles and during the interview. Show the employer how YOU can be an asset to the company.

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other new graduates and develop a non-traditional job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:12:00-05:00May 2nd, 2017|career search, Job Interview|Comments Off on 9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates

4 Tips on How to Use LinkedIn to Get Job Interviews

LinkedIn is a great tool that not every job searcher out there knows how to use the right way. Are you using it to its full capacity?

When conducting a competitive job search, it is important to utilize many different avenues as you look for your next role.  Using a recruiter is an important option to consider.

If you want to reach out to recruiters during your job search, what is the best way to get in touch with them? You may be surprised to know LinkedIn is the answer. Recruiters are very receptive to queries from competitive candidates.

Start with these four tips for the best ways to approach recruiters on LinkedIn.

  • Use the Search Tool – In the upper right hand corner of LinkedIn, select the Advanced People Search. Like Google and Bing, typing in the most specific keywords will find you the best results. Instead of typing ‘IT recruiter’, type ‘technology recruiter for oil and gas in Houston’ or be even more specific.
  • Send a Call to Action Message – After identifying the recruiters you want to contact, you’ll want to be specific about your skills and career goals. This allows the recruiter to see how your qualified you are to apply for the jobs they have available. Often, this first touch stimulates dialogue that allows the recruiter to point out job listings they are working on, or to add you to an internal recruiting database. In addition, some recruiters will suggest you follow their Twitter or blog for the most up-to-date listing of job postings.
  • Keep in Contact – If you find that a recruiter responds to you with a note stating that they’ll “keep your resume on file,” don’t be disappointed. This is a common practice and can indicate that they expect to receive a future request for candidates with your skills. Staying in front of the recruiter is important and it does require effort. Sending a short note via LinkedIn or through email approximately once per month is a great idea to keep your name and your skills top-of-mind when new sourcing requirements cross the recruiter’s desk.

 

Sources: How to Reach Out to Recruiters Using LinkedIn by Laura Smith-Prouix

By |2013-02-26T13:59:09-05:00February 26th, 2013|career search, Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on 4 Tips on How to Use LinkedIn to Get Job Interviews

How to Manage Advice When You’re Looking for a Job

When you decide to take the leap onto the job market, you will have a lot of opinions from friends and family. How do you manage the good, bad and ugly opinions about your job search?

We know your friends and family love and care for you. They only want the best for you. Managing the  expectations of those around you is important.

When conducting a job search you will receive all kinds of advice, solicited and unsolicited. It is important to know how to handle both types that will come your way as you chart a course to your next position.

You may hear people say, “I just want to make sure that you’re going to do the right thing”. We can all appreciate that sentiment, and at the same time you need to make sure you have your own expectations with the new position. Don’t be disillusioned by those who think they know more.

If you are not confident in what you are doing or the ways you are looking for a job,Career Find is a great resource for you.

Let us help you determine your direction, develop a strategic job search strategy, implement plan execution and prep you for the interview process, so you feel confident in your decisions as you pursue your next steps.

Take the time to make a list of all your needs and wants for your ideal job. Do you want to move to a new location? Do you want to stay in the same industry? Are you looking for advancement?

Once you know what you want, you will be more comfortable receiving advice.

To get on the right job search track with confidence, send me an email.

By |2013-02-05T11:54:28-05:00February 5th, 2013|career search, Job Search|Comments Off on How to Manage Advice When You’re Looking for a Job