Cielo Executive Vice President, Angela Hills, was featured this week in an article published by TheStreet—5 Ways Recent Grads Kill Their Chances of Getting Hired. According to the editorial, the unemployment rate for young graduates currently stands at 8.5%, with only 11% of surveyed business leaders believing recent college graduates are “equipped with the skills and competencies necessary for workplace success.”
According to Angela, many college graduates aren’t doing themselves any favors, as they enter interviews without short- or long-term plans. “No employer wants to hire someone who just wants to do the job. They want to hire someone driven and compelling,” [Angela] says. “Someone who is ready to hit the ground running.”
Excerpts from the article:
Recent college graduates looking for work already face tough competition, even with a stellar resume and interview skills … So, what are the biggest errors grads make as they look to land their dream job? Experts weigh in on five:
4. They aren’t clear on who they are or what they want.
If you don’t have at least some short-term goals, employers won’t take you seriously, cautions Angela Hills, [Executive Vice President and Managing Director] of global HR firm Cielo.
“No employer wants to hire someone who just wants to do the job. They want to hire someone driven and compelling,” she says. “Someone who is ready to hit the ground running.” Never underestimate how much your answer to the question, “Tell me something about the other positions you’ve applied to,” says about you.
“Whatever you do, don’t say, ‘I am applying to everything I found in the career service center,’” she says. “Everyone should be able to highlight their personal drive and direction.”
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