A common mistake for new graduates is that their specialized degree will give them plenty of interviews and interest. When a big part of that is packaging yourself positively and productively, not boasting that you graduated with a 3.0. You’re competing with thousands of other graduates in the same predicament; a lot of time spent in school and a little bit of experience. What else are you offering the workforce besides your bachelor’s or master’s degree? Take into consideration the real-life skills and applications you may have developed through your program.
Before you start submitting to every available position out there, pull out your resume for a closer look. Besides your education and skills in Microsoft Office, which by the way is a given, what practical value do you have? Look at the skills described for a position you want to apply for. How closely does your degree program overview relate to what the company is looking for?
Sample skills list:
- Project management skills
- Experience developing policies and procedures
- Experience in business development
- Demonstrated experience in direct marketing campaigns
Most of these skills apply to practical experience; what most hiring managers need to fill their positions. Without a lot of time to train individuals the ones with more experience, and possibly a lesser degree, have a better shot at the job. Put yourself in that place and tailor your resume to show your strengths, and any internships or practical applications you may have experimented with in school. If you’re able to put your foot in the interview door there is your opportunity to display what you have learned in school, and how you can apply it to their company and that line of work.
Don’t forget to consult with your career services group at your school! Most schools offer resume reviews, mock interviews, and career guidance.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor