If you’re a recent college graduate (or about to be one), here’s something that you should know:
It’s a jungle out there, and getting a job right out of college is not as much of a guarantee as it used to be.
When hiring managers are combing through stacks and stacks of resumes looking for the ideal candidate to fill an open position, it often comes down to just a few things that can separate the You’re Hired pile from the Don’t Bother pile.
According to a recent study by the PEOPLE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, there are THREE TRAITS THAT HIRING MANAGERS LOOK FOR when determining who they want to have working for thm should have:
- Critical thinking
- Effective Communicate Skills
When looking at two identically-skilled resumes, those candidates that show these three traits are more likely to be hired than those that don’t.
And these are three traits that Web Watch has often been citing as important whenever we’ve been offering career advice to both College and High School students for things that they should be aware of as they move towards selecting a career.
Being able to think fast and accurately on one’s feet can only get you so far.
Taking the initiative is crucially important. Businesses love to see employees who jump in, volunteer for challenging projects, and continually push the company to achieving the end goal. Being proactive in this approach is vital for advancing one’s career, as long as your regular job assignments don’t suffer because you’ve taken on too much responsibility.
And perhaps most important of all is the ability to communicate effectively. Learn how to type, naturally, but also learn the proper ways to prepare presentations or memos. Email done poorly can come back to haunt you, as can any other electronic communication. Grammar and spelling are equally important…. and being able to be consice with your word choice, well – that goes without saying.
Plus, it never hurts to be able to speak in front of a group of people, whether it be your peers or a mixture of executives and lower-ranked staff. Speak up, speak clearly, and speak as if you know what you’re talking about. Confidence, whether real or faked, is much better than being meek and timid in today’s environment. Own what you know, and make sure others know that you know what you’re talking about.
Put all of this together, and those hiring managers will be sure to put your resume at the top of the list over those who can’t do any of the above.