College teaches people how to hone skills in everything from biochemistry to philosophy, all in an effort to prepare them for the workforce. But sometimes, the hardest part comes when students have to compile these skills into a sometimes-crucial document for prospective employer use: the resume. Believe it or not, it can be even harder for writers. With people in the sciences and mathematics, some leeway is given when it comes to resumes, since grammar and sentence structure presumably aren’t the applicant’s forte. However, when it comes to writers’ resumes, if you can’t effectively put on paper (in a clear and concise fashion) what your experience and goals reflect, then hiring coordinators will assume that your writing is probably more of the same (even if it isn’t).
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Today’s generation of young adults are especially challenged in getting their careers off the ground as they face high unemployment rates and a bleak job market. According to recent census data, employment among young adults ages 16-29 stood at 55.3 percent, down from 67.3 percent in 2000 and the lowest since the end of World War II. This is troubling news for 20-somethings who find themselves under or unemployed and at a loss for how to change things.
I got the chance to talk to Ryan Kahn of Dream Careers, Inc. and MTV’s Hired, and he gave me some insightful advice on how to make the most out of your upcoming career fair. No matter what stage of job or internship searching you are at, use these tips to network to your fullest capacity.
Kahn says that the best way to stand out to employers is to have an interesting story or unique background that you can share with them. For example, if you went abroad and studied something in France relevant to the company’s goals, you should let them know!
Find something that you are proud of and excited about. Since he knows that I have interviewed some influential people on blogs, Kahn suggested that is something I would bring up if I was talking to an employer in a public relations or journalism field.
A recent Wall State Journal article has labeled our unemployed teens and young adults “generation jobless.” As I read the article, I begin to realize that every story, much like this one, has a beginning, a middle and an ending. My career story is rather simple: I started working part-time in high school, I worked full-time post high school while attending college, and eventually, I started a business while working full-time. Headlines such as these can either motivate readers to act or can leave them feeling hopeless and dejected. Young adults may be challenged finding employment, but there is hope for them and a happy ending to their story is possible.
College students and parents everywhere are asking the question: will I (or my son/daughter) be able to find a job when I (he/she) graduate? A legitimate question as the national unemployment rate hovers at 8.6% and has been reported as high as 16% for those between the ages of 16 and 24.
For college graduates, the expectations for 2102 are more positive then we’ve seen since 2007: targeted hiring of those with a BA/BS is expected to increase by 7% in 2012. At first glance, these numbers are most welcome but there are some caveats to this information: almost as many employers surveyed reported a significant increase in hiring this year as those who reported a significant decrease in hiring (the numbers ranged from an increase of 45% to a decrease of 46%). In addition, there are simply fewer jobs than college graduates. Thus, it behooves those students who are getting ready to enter the job market to research those employers who are hiring and prepare themselves to be the most qualified.