Now that college graduations are over, it's time to focus full-time on the job search. Students often ask me, "What do employers want in new hires?" Most companies have a core set of skills and personal characteristics they desire in candidates. Here is my list that can help you move forward with your career development:
Can you speak clearly and articulately in front of small and large groups? Can you convey your message in writing in a concise and persuasive style?
Do you have relevant experience that they can use? Do you have transferable skills from the various jobs you have held?
Can you set and obtain goals? Can you meet each day with energy and enthusiasm to accomplish the tasks at hand? Are you excited about the work to be done? Can you think ahead to what needs get done without being asked?
Can you get along easily with diverse types of people to complete a common project successfully? Can you share responsibility and credit for a project?
Can you assess a situation, identify possible options and then implement solutions? Can you easily adapt to changing situations and priorities? Can you lead a work group to meet stated objectives?
Do you have the academic preparation to be successful at the company? For most employers, grades are less important than other qualities.
What types of computer skills do you bring to the table? Will they need to spend valuable time training you or are you ready to jump in and produce?
Can you relate well to your co-workers, supervisor and clients? Can you respect, understand and connect to other people's perspectives and opinions?
Can think outside the box? Can you evaluate problems based on the facts? Can you handle the numbers aspect of the job?
Are you straightforward, honest and truthful at all times? Can you make decisions that are fair and right?
Most companies are consistently looking for strong academic credentials, however, most say they can teach you the specific job. What they really want are the "soft skills" including reliability, dedication, determination, results-orientation and self-awareness. In an interview you will want to demonstrate, by example, that you have developed these qualities. Use the information contained on your resume as a guide to profile your accomplishments.
Whether you need help with your resume, cover letter, interview skills or your job or graduate school search, I invite you to contact me (518-366-8451) for a free 20 minute phone consultation. I look forward to helping you.