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Got the skills? Get the job: Good News for Soon-to-be Graduates!

By Kate Grove, PCA


Good news soon-to-be graduates! According to the NACE Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey employers anticipate hiring 13.5% MORE new college graduates from the class of 2011 than they hired from the class of 2010. And the news gets better. Nearly half of employers who participated in the survey expect to increase hiring this year and nearly 40% expect to maintain the same hiring levels of college graduates.

So, the job market is looking up. That is great news but, do you have the skills required to land the job? Too often job seekers think that having the right education and work experience is all that it takes to land a job. In fact, the NACE Job Outlook 2011 Fall Survey listed verbal communication skills as the top “soft skill” employers seek from new college graduates. Soft skills are those skills that exceed the technical requirements of a position. Following verbal communication skills on the list were a strong work ethic, teamwork skills, analytical skills, and initiative.

Need help honing your verbal communication skills or showing off your soft skill set BEFORE the 2011 Spring Career Expo? WE CAN HELP! Check out our Sweeps Week events leading up to the fair. Sweeps Week is a week full of our best programming to help you find career success! In my opinion, the most worthwhile workshop to check out in preparation for the Career Expo would be How to Work a Job Fair. Click on the job fair title to access the online version of the presentation. This workshop is designed to help you prepare for the job fair in advance so you’re ready to go when it’s time to talk with potential employers.

We can also help you highlight the “soft skills” on your resume that employers want to see! Bring your resume to our Pre-Fair Resume Critiques on Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5 from 2pm-5pm so we can help you get your resume ready for the Spring Career Expo.

Freshman and sophomores, even juniors should attend the Spring Career Expo even if you aren’t seeking a job or an internship just yet so you can start perfecting your verbal communication skills NOW! Practice makes perfect and there is no better way to get comfortable talking to potential employers than to practice at the Career Expo. The more you do it, the easier it will be when you’re ACTUALLY seeking a job or internship.

In the words of Charlie Batch, a quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.” So, stop by the University Career Center today to make sure you’re ready to showcase your verbal communication skills and get that job! Best of luck to the graduating class of 2011

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