If your graduation is coming up this spring, NOW is the time to get your job search into full-swing. Actually, I hope you started thinking about this last year.
The same preparation is needed to compete for a job. But, it isn’t just good grades or the type of degree that matter. EXPERIENCE carries a lot of weight. Employers want to see proof that you can assimilate to the workforce and ideally have first-hand knowledge for what the job is all about. In order for you to be the more attractive candidate, you should have lined up internships or co-ops last year. (Ooops. Sorry if no one told you that before.)
This first-hand experience not only makes you more attractive, it also helps you understand the day-to-day job requirements and provides you with “industry language” so you can more effectively communicate your qualifications. If the company speaks “industry” but you speak “college classes” there is a disconnect. It is like speaking two different foreign languages.
In today’s US News & World Report post, I provide a list of the Top 10 Things College Seniors Do Right NOW!