Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the May 24, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
Among the top criteria employers seek in new graduates, according to a new survey by CollegeGrad.com are interviewing skills, internship/experience, miscellaneous qualifications, GPA, the college from which the student graduated, personal appearance, and computer skills.
Tom Tarantelli, director of the Center Development Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said, “Students in the current market need to be flexible and seek out what makes them unique.” In other words, it is more important than ever that students link their skills to employment opportunities and be able to answer the question: “Why am I the best person for the job?”
Internships and other experience ranked highly in the survey and are seen as an important differentiator both at the entry level and in the job market in general, especially now that college graduates are competing with experienced individuals who have been laid off.
More information on the survey results along with a list of over 500 of the Top Entry-Level Employers are posted at CollegeGrad.com.
Candidates can increase their chances of being hired by providing the names of people who will offer an accurate account of their skills and experience.” Accountemps offer these tips for candidates on preparing references:
- Stack the deck. Develop a list of three to five references. Describe their connection to you (e.g., former boss) and the type of information each can provide.
- Get permission. Never use a person’s name without his or her consent.
- Choose wisely. Some references may be more relevant for a position than others.
- Provide references with a copy of the job description and your resume. They can put their responses into context if they know the types of positions you are seeking.
- Refresh their memories. To help a reference recollect your strengths, discuss examples of the accomplishments you made while you both worked together.
- Keep them in the loop. As soon as you refer someone, let that person know he or she may receive a call. Follow up with a thank-you note and a status update on your job search.
Learn more about references and how to develop a reference list in this section of Quintessential Careers: Job References & Portfolio Services for Job-Seekers.
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