Get Noticed, Get the Job and Get Ahead
Guidelines for Recent Grads Entering the Workforce
The 2015-2016 school-year was expected to produce over 3.7 million graduates with varying degrees. Still, recent graduates make up almost 50% of the unemployed workforce. These disparaging statistics have many recent grads asking similar questions:
- Why is there such a gap in the supply and demand?
- How do recent graduates find a job with their dreams intact?
- What difference does a degree make in a crowded and competitive market?
While these are all difficult questions, there are real solutions to these issues.
The War For Talent has Evolved
With changing technology, a noticeable war for talent has evolved into a complete battle for the best of the best. In the past, companies waited for applicants to come to them or searched for graduates in their industry. Now, companies from different industries are competing with each other for the same applicants. Things have swiftly changed to a new way of recruiting.
New Methods for Finding Applicants
Finding and getting a job in this new market often relies on these tech savvy changes in hiring:
- Posting Jobs Online
- Using Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
- Conducting Interviews Through Video Calls
- Offering Flexible Work Schedules
- Presenting Flexible Work Locations
- Providing Unusual Perks (group outings, special outside work days, free Starbucks, etc.)
If new job seekers aren’t looking online or using social media, they are missing incredible opportunities in the workforce.
Standing Out in a Virtual World
Every company wants to have the best and brightest on their staff. However, many recent graduates find themselves somewhere in the middle. They must also compete against older, more experienced workers and retirees returning to the workforce. It’s a highly competitive job market. Plus, most new graduates have little to no real-world experience to help them. Recent graduates will beat the pros and find a place in this changing workforce with these guidelines.
Landing the Job and Thriving
- Be knowledgeable– Researching the company before applying gives new graduates an edge. Employers will appreciate the interest and the knowledge. As new workers progress, their continued knowledge will bring them the confidence that helps them succeed. Being knowledgeable will also help new hires gain respect from coworkers and superiors.
- Push Technology– Most new graduates have far more knowledge and skill with technology than their older counterparts. Showcasing experience and skill in technology can boost hiring for new graduates and even help them climb the ladder as they continue in the company.
- Bring Unique Talents– Highlighting abilities that are beneficial to the company catches the attention of the interviewer and HR departments. After being hired, these gifts set new hires apart from their co-workers as well.
- Highlight Teamwork– Corporations thrive on professionalism and teamwork. Discussing positive past team work experiences makes new graduates stand out among a sea of applicants. Positive and helpful attitudes also make new hires thrive.
- Be Enthusiastic– A genuine excitement for the position impresses employers. When hired, this attitude can also catch the attention of executives.
- Be Professional and Personable- Transitioning from college life to the acceptable behaviors of a corporate world can be difficult. Graduates must be personable, professional and keep private life private. Employers don’t need to know personal details of relationships or outside activities. This extends to social media updates. Companies do hire and fire people for social media posts, so graduates should be careful.
- Stay Focused- Staying off of phones and devices shows focus and respect. When hired, new graduates should continue to stay focused on work and stay away from social media unless it is required. Employers want to see people who are committed to their work every day.
- Climbing the Corporate Ladder- New graduates should not look down on internships or entry level jobs. Also, they shouldn’t expect to catapult up the corporate ladder. Successful people often start at the bottom and work hard to get to the top. The experience and networking gained along the way often make them far better CEOs and Presidents when their time comes.
Bright New Life for New Graduates Entering the Workforce
Entering the workforce as a new graduate can be challenging. However, new workers who are prepared with skill, respect, enthusiasm, and knowledge will win the war for talent every time.