Career Calling

June 13, 2014

New Graduates Are Not Students

I was helping a recent graduate today, and she made the mistake many of her peers make by saying, “I have no experience.”  It is important to treat professional skills and knowledge learned in school as something an employer needs.  Avoid referring to classes or teacher, which only underscores that you were a student.  Instead, in both your resume and during interviews, present skills and knowledge as qualities that you can apply on the job.  If you’re stuck on what you have taken from your degree, get together with some friends and talk about how you can apply what you did in school to what you will do on the job.  Another good source of information is job postings.  Collect 5-10 job posts for the kind of job you will be seeking.  Highlight what the employer is looking for and match it to what you have learned.  Don’t look back.  Look forward.  Practice showing an employer how you are ready to go to work.  That’s your first job.

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