What The Young And Unemployed Really Need To Know

college grad first job tipsFor college graduates who fear that they may be trading their diplomas for Starbucks aprons, there's good news and bad: Employers have hired 19 percent more graduates in 2011 than they did in 2010 -- when just 56 percent had locked down a job by last spring, according to a Rutgers University survey. But the market is still tepid. How to improve your chances at landing -- and keeping -- a great job:

You're A Seller, Not A Buyer

Writes Nell Minnow at bnet.com, "[College seniors] act as though they are meeting with their college advisor, telling prospective employers what the job will do for them instead of what they will bring to an organization." Tell your interviewer the skills you have that would benefit his company.

You're Part Of A Team

College promotes individual achievement, says Minnow, which means "students ... have no reason to feel responsible for the group," and working together is a must to succeed in business. Stress your ability to work with colleagues for the common good. Don't dwell on your own goals but rather on the company's.

Act Like A Grown Up

That may sound obvious, but a recent survey by the Protocol School of Washington found that half of all college grads don't exhibit professionalism on the job. What's more, they often think their obligations to the company end when they clock out at night. "Incidents at work and comments about co-workers are not to be put on Facebook or Twitter," notes Minnow.

Employers Expect Results

With the changing economy come changing expectations, writes Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times. When an employer interviews a candidate, Friedman writes, he is asking himself, "Can he or she help my company adapt not only to doing the job today but also reinventing the job tomorrow?" Someone who seems able to morph to meet a company's changing needs is more likely to get the job.

Channel Mother Teresa

"Mother Teresa, CEO" (Berrett-Koehler, $21.95) has advice for even older job seekers: "If it can be done now, do it now" and "Take your work seriously, never yourself."

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WHAT we need is hiring US citizens..­NOT Inflating the employment by Hiring and EMploying Foreign VISA HOlders in Work VISA..Arou­nd 6 Million of those folks in work visa mainly 95% from INDIA work here and take away American Citizens JOB..OUR COllege Graduates and Expereince­d citizens are OUT of JOB because of these cheap Visa Holders..

Please sign this petition in the below and let us Make our Citizens get an oppurtunit­y to work in our homeland..



US Citizens it is time to ACT..These folks create the High Unemployme­nt rate for our country..S­ame thing happened to UK too and current UK Govt is taking the right step..We have to ask our GOVT to do the samething.­.ACT..HELP US CITIZENS get back to work.. UNEMPLOYME­NT will be a thing of the past...”

It is about Indians from Asia ..they bring in 95% of all H1b's..the­y are stealing american jobs...At the same time we need to relax visa fees so that country can attract talent from rest of the world and NOT just from india..Lik­e people from europe, austarlia, NZ, africa and japan should be provided an oppurtnity to come and work here..Tale­nt is everywhere­..That is denied to rest of world by Indians highjaking these h1b and visa program bring ing foreigners in H1 L1 B1 and EAD

October 20 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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