It seems that employers have a complaint concerning the preparedness of today’s graduating generation. A recent survey conducted at Bentley University found that employers consider millennials to lack appropriate work ethic and to be unprepared for the job market. What’s more, hiring managers, recruiters, business people, and academics agree.
Eric Pianin, D.C. bureau chief of The Fiscal Times who also has spent over 25 years reporting for The Washington Post, reports that recent college graduates, and those aged between 18 and 34, account for over 50 percent of the 10.9 million unemployed Americans.
What are the most effective ways for a recent college graduate or job seeker to find employment?
- Plan your employment search. Set up an appointment with your school’s career office and a local staffing agency. Create your online brand presence with a LinkedIn profile and an updated professional resume. Reach out via social media and network in person through alumni networks and industry events. Post interesting articles on your social media sites that are professional and that engage in topical, industry discussions.
- Cover the basics and ensure that your appearance is professional, you are on time for interviews, and are well prepared. Do your research beforehand! Spend some time researching the company, the job, and even potential networking contacts that you might be able to tap within the company.
- A survey by St. Louis Community College found that 60 percent of employers said applicants lack communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate these skills by highlighting work, college, or volunteer experience that required the ability to work with others, to think critically, and to solve problems. Additionally, employers are looking for candidates who can plan, organize, and prioritize their work; technical computer-related savvy is not a top priority.
- Show that you are able to write well by submitting a well-crafted, professional, resume and a creative, original cover letter that addresses the key job skills, as well as your own unique personality. Your local career center or a staffing agency can help you to develop essential tools and materials for your job search. They can even help you with mock interviews and assessment centers to check your skills.
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