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Over the last eight years, her development has thus far proven her to be a tennis phenom- June 10, 2018
- Paul Ryan Posts Selfie With All Of The Capitol Interns and It Exposes A Very Real Issue
Paul Ryan posts picture of Capitol Hill interns with almost NO ethnic diversity- July 19, 2016
- 10 Things We As African Americans Can Do To Move Our Community Forward
It is time for us to stop addressing the symptoms and begin addressing the root of the problem- July 8, 2016
By Jay Tellini
Have you ever gone job-hunting on LinkedIn or Monster Jobs, only to find that several dozen people have applied for the exact same position as you? In an era where the Internet has made it easier than ever to search for career opportunities, there is no doubt that you will have plenty of competition in the job market. To make matters even more difficult, statistics suggest that the competition is getting more intense. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of college graduation has climbed by over 30% in the last 50 years. With increasing numbers of qualified applicants looking for jobs, landing the position you are looking for will probably not be a cakewalk.
Luckily, we have some advice that will help you separate yourself from the pack. First and foremost, you need to know that having a college degree is only one element that factors in to an employer’s hiring decision. Being well-educated shows that you probably know how to think critically, but it doesn’t necessarily tell your potential boss that you will be able to complete all the tasks that are assigned to you. There are certain qualities that employees look for when evaluating future employees, many of which cannot be taught in a classroom. Working the following attributes into your resume will help you not only push your name to the top of the application stack, but also give you the skills you need to thrive in your career.
Perhaps the most critical aspect of your professional success lies in your ability to budget time properly. A great number of both white-collar and blue-collar jobs involve multitasking and accomplishing several objectives throughout the course of the day, so employers will be looking for candidates who can handle a busy work schedule. If an interviewer asks you about your strengths, be sure to show that you can do this. If you have ever successfully attended college as a full-time student and simultaneously held a part-time job or an internship (or something similar), be sure to mention it. This will show that you can not only tackle multiple tasks throughout the week, but will also reveal that you can manage different professional environments at the same time.
This is a pretty obvious thing to know, but it can be easy to forget to mention it in your resume or interview. Even if there is a candidate that is more qualified than you for the position, those abilities won’t mean a thing if he or she doesn’t show up. Make yourself stand out by proving that you are a punctual person who is capable of meeting deadlines and showing up to work on time. Explain that punctuality is important to you, and talk about your attendance track record at work and/or school if possible.
Ability to Write
Almost all jobs involve writing in some way, shape, or form. Also, the ability to write is not usually an easy thing to do. The next time you get a detailed email from a professor or any other professional, check it for grammatical errors (you might be surprised). Proving that you can write clearly and without basic mistakes will surely make you stand out. Being able to express thoughts in an easily understandable manner is a terrific quality of leadership, which leads me to my next point…
Ability to Communicate
This is a major quality that employers want in their employees. Employers want people who can display comradery during team projects and get on the same page regarding tasks. Great leaders communicate well with others and make their ideas and concerns clear, which simplifies the work and creates unity. During your interview, make eye contact with the other person and speak about yourself in a way that is both friendly and understandable. Show that you can talk to others easily and be a productive team member. Just remember that many managers and CEOs received their titles by communicating with others.
Ability to Know the Limits of Your Power
On a closing note, make sure you get the message across to your interviewer that you will not be insubordinate. There is a fine line between utilizing the flexibility of your position and assuming the role of your superior. Most importantly, make it clear that you will follow instructions when asked.