Career Calling

June 7, 2013

Show the Value of a New Degree

I frequently work with clients who have just completed an undergraduate or graduate degree.  They usually list only the degree.  Some will note organizations they belonged to or scholarships that helped them pay for schools.  There is a problem with this information: Employers do not care about it.

I work with new graduates to identify areas of knowledge and skill that they will take from school to the workplace.  Rather than list classes, which only tell the employer that you are a student, review 5-10 job posts for positions that interest you.  Note job requirements and skills that you can take from your time in school and include these elements in your resume.

For example I’m currently working with a client who received an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources.  After reviewing job posts, we identified the following items for his resume: HR & Labor Law, Compensation, and Strategic Planning.  Be sure that you only list areas of skill and knowledge that you could use on the job.  Do not list any item that you could not discuss well in an interview or any skill you could not perform on the job.

If you are a new graduate, take full advantage of the knowledge and skill you offer an employer because of your education.  Demonstrate the value of your degree in a way that will be relevant to the employer’s needs.  Most importantly, don’t present yourself as a student.  Play up what you learned in school that a potential employer will care about.  That’s the way to get a job even if you lack professional experience.

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