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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Understudies Earn Their Job Offers Before They Graduate

It ought not come as a shock to understudies that steady employments don’t simply fall into somebody’s lap. The understudies who get the best occupation offers have earned them. Thusly, comprehend that the expression “earned” implies that the understudy’s execution has been reliably great all through the school years. It doesn’t mean a very late whirlwind of enhanced execution close to the end of the senior year.

Employers look for the students who meet their needs, wants and expectations. To give themselves the best chance for landing a good job in their areas of interest, students must find out what their target employers want and give it to them. That’s why wise students conduct some serious research early in their sophomore year. They select a career direction, identify jobs that are of interest, gather information about the employers that have those jobs and pin down exactly what those employers expect to see in the candidates for those jobs. In that way, interested students will have four or five semesters to do the things that their target employers want. If all of that sounds like a lot of work, it is. But that is just the beginning.

When students understand what their target employers want and work hard to meet or exceed those expectations, they put themselves in position to compete for and win the best jobs. Furthermore, when students excel in one of those areas or go beyond employer expectations, they will clearly set themselves apart from ordinary students. Being able to stand out in a positive way will always lead to more and better job offers.

Some students think that good grades are all they will need. That is no longer true for most employers. Obviously, doing well in the classroom is a good first step. However, the best employers look for more. They look for students who have a proven track record in a number of important areas: Experience, Creativity, Problem Solving, Sales, Teamwork and more. Every employer wants employees who can get things done no matter what problems they face. They love students with job-related work experience who have already shown what they can do.

Each college experience presents students with an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. The best jobs are earned by students who work, participate, lead and succeed in demonstrating an array of skills and capabilities. Job hunting is a competition that is won by students who use their college years to accumulate a list of accomplishments and successes.

If students graduate without a good job, they should look back to the things they didn’t do:

– The Advice they didn’t follow

– The Job Hunting Information they didn’t obtain or utilize

– The Activities in which they didn’t participate

– The Research they didn’t conduct

– The Grades they didn’t achieve

– The Accomplishments they didn’t produce

– The Job Hunting Systems and Techniques they didn’t learn

– The Career Services Counselors they didn’t visit

– The Work Experience they didn’t obtain

– The People they didn’t meet

– The Employment Training Sessions they didn’t attend

– The Network of Contacts they didn’t build

– The Professors they didn’t impress

– The References they didn’t get to know

– The Interviewing Skills they didn’t practice

– The Employment Web Sites they didn’t identify

– The Effort they didn’t put into Job Search Preparation Activities

– The Time They Wasted during the years prior to graduation

If a student fails to demonstrate his or her capabilities with a good job as the goal, why should an employer have any interest? With few exceptions, it is the student’s decisions and performance throughout the college years that will determine whether he or she will land a job that starts at $25,000, $35,000, $45,000, $55,000, $65,000 or more.

All students make choices, as they move through college. With each choice that satisfies an employer need, the student moves closer to employment success. It is one thing to graduate with a degree. It is quite a different thing to have impressed an employer with a variety of performances that make it clear that the student can contribute to the success of the employer’s organization.

Job search preparation is not brain surgery. It is just hard work. A lot of it. The best employers look for students who have anticipated their needs and were willing to tackle the activities that lead to success on the job.

Your College President Must Interact With Students

Have you ever had something essential you needed to convey to the consideration of the President of your school?

Understudies, Parents and Alumni may attempt to contact their College President by means of Telephone, E-Mail or by Letter. A few understudies may even visit the President’s office. Sadly, the commonplace answer the vast majority get is quiet.

Phone calls are usually not returned and there will be no reply to your e-mail message or letter. Too many College Presidents have no time for or interest in the things that students, parents or alumni think or recommend. However, there is one exception–major donors. If someone donates $10,000 or more, they may get a form letter or a message from a staff member. The fact that students are struggling to pay $80,000 to $250,000 for tuition and expenses may not be recognized as a good enough reason to listen to their concerns and suggestions.

When you try to contact your College President, you may find that they have surrounded themselves with layers of protection and security. Nothing much gets through. Only the official policy gets out.

Few College Presidents pick up their own office phones or reply to an e-mail message or letter. If by some miracle you get through to an assistant, you will quickly be shuttled off to “the person who handles that area.” With that, the assistant who works for that person will promise to leave a message for him/her. Of course, very often, you will never hear back.

In rare instances, there will be a college president who is different. Those College Presidents and some college leaders find ways to gather firsthand information. To hear from their students, they:

1. Designate certain days to field questions from students, parents and alumni

2. Make presentations to share information with students and then invite questions

3. Regularly attend athletic events and interact with students

4. Find time to visit the cafeteria, student center, dorms and library

5. Hold meetings to hear student likes, dislikes, concerns and suggestions

6. Regularly meet with student officers and representatives

7. Walk around campus to chat with students

8. Occasionally sit in on classes

Important Questions for Students, Parents and Alumni

1. How many hours each month does your College President devote to student contact? Est. 0 1 2 3 4 5 or more

2. Does your College President utilize the College Web Site, Campus Newspaper, Student Radio and TV Station and in person Presentations the keep the student body informed of current and future goals, activities and changes that will affect students? Yes No

3. Do you know any student who has spoken to your College President? Yes No

4. Have you seen your College President during the past year? Yes No

5. Should you expect your College President to interact with students? Yes No

6. Should your College President implement changes and improvements based on student input, comments and suggestions? Yes No

7. Do your top six or eight College Leaders regularly interact with students? Yes No

8. Do you believe that your College President and College Leaders are genuinely concerned about the students on your campus? Yes No

9. Does your College President have a reputation for being “Student Friendly?” Yes No

10. What is the one issue you would like your College President to address immediately?