The following information hit home with me, so I am passing it on….. Happy Holidays from CareerShift.
“For most college seniors returning home after final exams, this holiday season will be more about resumes and networking than laundry and mom’s cooking. This year’s graduating class will enter one of the tightest job markets in history, according to recent surveys of top companies. Compounding shrinking employment indicators is the fact that most college graduates lack the basic skills to compete for the jobs they want.
The question I hear most often from concerned parents is why their son or daughter cannot find a good job, according to Jim Ratliff, vice chairman of talent management firm Career Partners International and chairman of Cleveland-based Ratliff & Taylor ratliffandtaylor.com. The reason is not about the degree or work experience, but the lack of fundamental job search skills. They are simply not prepared to compete effectively against more seasoned interviewees vying for those same positions.
Today’s college graduates do have one big advantage over other job seekers – they are “digital natives,” and comfortable with emerging social media tools that are excellent sources for professional networking.”
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