It should come as no surprise to students that good jobs don’t just fall into someone’s lap. The students who got the best job offers got it. Therefore, it is important to understand that the term “earned” means that the student has consistently achieved good results throughout his university years. This does not mean that there will be a final burst of performance improvement towards the end of the first year.
Employers are looking for students who meet their needs, desires and expectations. To have the best chance of getting a good job in their fields of interest, students need to know what they want and what their target employers are offering them. This is why wise students do serious research at the start of their second year. They choose their career direction, identify jobs that interest them, gather information about employers who fill those jobs, and determine exactly what those employers expect of candidates for those jobs. This way, interested students will have four or five semesters to do what their target employers want. This is just the beginning.
When students understand what their target employers want and work hard to meet or exceed those expectations, they put themselves in a position to compete and land the best jobs. Moreover, when students excel in any of these areas or exceed employers’ expectations, they clearly differentiate themselves from the average student. Being able to stand out in a positive way will always result in more and better job offers.
Some students think good grades are all they need. This is no longer the case for most employers. Obviously, doing well in class is a good first step. However, the best employers want more. They are looking for students with a proven track record in several important areas: experience, creativity, problem solving, sales, teamwork, etc. All business owners want employees who can get things done no matter what issues they face. They like students who have work experience related to the position and who have already shown what they can do.
Every college experience offers students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Students get the best jobs if they work, participate, lead, and demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities. Job Search is a competition won by students who use their college years to compile a list of accomplishments and successes.
If students graduate unsuccessfully, they must go back to the things they didn’t do:
Advice they didn’t follow
Job search information they did not obtain or use
Activities in which he did not participate
The research they didn’t do
The grades they didn’t get
Accomplishments that did not produce
Job search systems and techniques they didn’t learn
Professional services advisors not visited
work experience they did not have
– People you haven’t met.
Missed recruitment training sessions
The communication network they didn’t build
The teachers didn’t like it.
References that you did not know
Interview skills they haven’t practiced
Job sites you didn’t know about
The effort you didn’t put into preparing for the job search
Time wasted in the years leading up to graduation.
If a student fails to prove their abilities with a good job as their goal, why should the employer have any interest? With few exceptions, it is a student’s decisions and performance throughout their college years that determine whether they get a job starting at $25,000, $35,000, $45,000, $55,000, $65,000 or more.
All students make their decisions as they transition to college. With each choice that meets an employer’s needs, the student moves one step closer to career success. Getting a degree is one thing. Impressing the employer with a variety of offers that demonstrate the student can contribute to the success of the employer’s organization is another thing.