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What Employers Want and Expect From College Graduates & What Students Want From Employers. Aaron Basko Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Career Services. What Employers Want in College Grads. From a “MoneyWatch” survey of 318 employers At least 25 employees. Key Findings.
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Career Services
1. They need to have realistic goals and expectations.
2. They need to be true team players and have a can-do positive attitude
3. Not be afraid of a four letter word - W.O.R.K.- hard work will get you rewarded and promoted! Seek internships if there are opportunities in their field.
4. They should seek Mentors and enjoy networking whenever possible.
5. Take on leadership opportunities whenever possible (i.e. clubs, sports, work, etc.)
1. Be involved; don't fly under the radar thru college. Get involved in clubs, volunteer, join a fraternity, join student Government. It’s important to have these experiences to give yourself great stories during the interview process. For us it is about leadership.
2. They need to know what they truly want. Be confident about themselves and that this is the career they want. We won't bring someone on if we think they are not committed
3. With Target it is not important that they are perfect, what I mean is a lot of students view mistakes as taboo. It’s more important that they learn from their mistakes and can show us how they have grown as a leader. It has been a common miss that I have seen students in an interview give a more low scope answer because they don't want to talk about mistakes.
4. 100% of our job involves people whether our guests or Team members. We look for people who can relate well to others and engage and inspire them to be better. So they need to be engage with people. This sounds easier than it is. I suggest taking class on public speaking or something equivalent even if it is not part of degree. This is also where involvement with clubs and volunteering can help. The social interaction is very important.
5. Many students ask me about advancement opportunities which are great. We want our team to be ambitious but one of my old coaches used to say to me that if we focus solely on winning and not on the game its self then we might not win. The most successful Team members I have seen are the ones who focus on their own development anything we do in life is earned not given.
1. We look to ensure students are involved in organizations, sports, volunteering, part time jobs. Shows they can multi-task!
2. Personality – they need to bring it to the table. In our organization we only have a service to sell, so if they come to the interview lacking personality (ambition and drive to do the job) we will continue to look at the next candidate.
3. Showing up to the interview in appropriate attire. Having one or two outfits set aside just for the interview process.
4. Bringing reference letters from their professors is nice to see.
5. Knowing our company. Who we are and what we do. I see many students who do their homework and research our company, however for every one student that does this one student does not. When a student has not researched our company and can’t tell me what we do, I think of it as them just looking for a job and not a career. They didn’t take the time.
1. Be able to discuss your leadership, communication and other transferable skills. They can be more valuable than hiring based on major.
2. Have a realistic expectation of the types of jobs available for recent graduates.
3. PATIENCE. If advancement opportunities are available then you will get there! But take the time to develop the skills needed to prepare you for that next step.
4. Consider the long-term benefits within a company, like advancement opportunities and job security, rather than going for the "get-rich-quick" schemes.
5. Don't be afraid to brag! Be proud of your academic, leadership and work accomplishments and share them with employers.
1. In addition to the skills previously mentioned, Good Communication Skills – not everything can be communicated via text message/email. Face to face conversations are the most valuable
2. Don’t be entitled – Many firms offer a lot of perks/flexibility, but you have to earn it. Don’t be afraid to WORK