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6 Smart Moves Successful College Students Make to Land a Job after College (507 hits)

Tameka Williamson, WILL Power Success Coach

Successfully landing a job after college requires graduates to possess 21st Century job skills. Education.com reports that more than 80% of employers say that recent graduates were deficient in “applied skills” like communication, work ethic, and critical thinking; while 72% were deficient in basic writing skills. What should college students do to exclude themselves from the 80% and 72% deficiency group? College student must put in the required work and sacrifice to do what needs to be done to get maximum output. They must focus on achieving their goals. They must look for ways to create opportunities where none exist. Lastly, manage their education and not let it manage them. Opportunities only exist for those prepared to receive the opportunity and take action. The time to be ready is not the time to get ready, so let’s get ready. Here are 6 Smart Moves college students should make to increase their chance of landing a job after college.

1. Have a Clear Vision: Having a clear vision provides a roadmap and direction for where to go.
2. Create a Unique Selling Propositions: with the job market being more competitive, it’s critical for students to find ways to distinguish themselves in a positive way that will entice employers to hire them (Study Abroad, Bilingual (Mandarin, Chinese, Arabic, etc.), Create Community Service Programs, etc.)
3. Build a Strong Inner Circle: every great leader surrounded themselves with great mentors, coaches and accountability partners to add value, provide direction and insight, utilize their influence and connections to bring about opportunities, enforce accountability and be a sounding board.
4. Know the Market: understand what’s required to be successful (industry trends, company goals, public campaigns, and global impact).
5. Intern: Employers are looking to hire graduates with on-the-job experience, not educated buffs with any practical application within their designated field of study.
6. Smart Networking: career services, alums, professors and administration are the best people to build and nurture a relationship with because of their corporate connections and ability to provide recommendation letters.

College students who execute these 6 smart moves will find themselves with a competitive advantage over students living the myth that great grades = great job. Don’t believe the hype.

Posted By: Elynor Moss
Monday, October 29th 2012 at 5:01PM
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