How to Be A Marketable University Graduate
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How to Be A Marketable University Graduate

vancouver legal careersTrying to set yourself apart in the entry-level job market can be a challenge. Especially when you are a recent graduate. Employers don’t want to hire someone who can merely perform the initial job duties satisfactorily. Rather, they prefer to hire academically prepared, highly motivated, and ambitious workers who offer them a good, long-term return on their investment.

It’s true that employers hire people, not pieces of paper. An impressive resume that documents evidence of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, personal initiative and well developed social skills will definitely get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. The key is to present written credentials that depict you as a graduate who “stands out from the crowd” as an exceptionally qualified prospective hire. Your resume is your calling card. The more impressive it is, the more desirable you will be as a prospective candidate, and the more marketable you will be when pursuing employment options.

Employers want to know what makes you unique as well as your marketable skills. Students who want to be marketable can build their brand through a blog or personal website. This will allow you to add something to your portfolio that showcases your personality and experience to recruiters and potential employers.

Employers are looking for entry-level candidates who already have industry experience. By building up your resume with volunteer or internship experience, you will be ahead of the game. This real life work experience will give you the extra push in the job market and contribute to your personal brand.

Be aware of your online presence. Type your name into Google and see what comes up. Do Facebook photos from last weekend’s party appear or does your professional photo on your LinkedIn profile show up? It may seem like common sense to be careful about what you post on the Internet, but many students aren’t concerned about their online presence until after they graduate. Hopefully, there won’t be too much damage control, but make sure everything you have online is clean and professional.

Look like a winner. Recruiters and interviewers immediately zero in on prospective candidates who look the part.  Attire, grooming, posture and presentation are all critical factors in determining a highly desirable candidate. If you don’t fit the corporate image, it’s unlikely that you will get the hiring nod, no matter how impressive your background and qualifications appear to be.

Get out there and network. The best jobs are not always advertised. Professional networking offers another important avenue for identifying your ideal job. Specifically, meeting successful professionals in your field can steer you in a helpful direction as you investigate employment opportunities. They can alert you to what’s available in the “hidden job market,” including options with which you would otherwise not be familiar.

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