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   This is old advice that is no longer valid.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

Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic

What to do when you realize you’re overqualified for a job

when you are in a

Job Interview

You’ve applied for a few jobs and receive a call back for an interview. While you’re in the interview you quickly realize you are overqualified for the position being offered. What do you do? Most people cut the interview short, but before you thank the interviewer for their time, try these tips to make the interview worthwhile.

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Why Were You Asked to Interview? – If you realized you were overqualified, most likely the hiring manager knew it as well. Don’t be afraid to bring it up. Ask if there is potential to move up from the position to better utilize your skills and experience? They may have a bigger plan

for you in their company.

Opportunity to Learn– If you are interviewing for a different industry than you came from, a position you are overqualified for may be the best level for you to come into in the industry. You will be able to shine in your position and learn the ins and outs of this new industry.

Is their potential? – If you see an opportunity, offer a commitment. Companies spend thousands of dollars going through the hiring and training processes. With employee turnover at an all time high, companies are looking for loyal employees. Don’t be afraid to offer a commitment of at least two years. With a commitment, you show dedication and loyalty to your potential future employer.

By |2013-10-22T10:40:14-05:00October 22nd, 2013|Interview Prep, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic