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8 Reasons Why New Graduates Lose Out on Jobs

8 Reasons Why New Graduates Lose Out on Jobs
From Recruiter - October 13, 2016

You have spent the last 16 or so years of your life being educatedand yet you now find yourself without a job. You have been searching until your ears turnblue, but you cant seem toland that coveted position.

You are not alone.Statistics show that 45 percent of graduates are still looking for work in their fields of study within 6-8 months aftergraduation.

Searching for a job is a job in itself, and if you are not prepared for the long haul, you will not succeed.

The first thing that all graduates should be prepared with is a dynamite resume that will get past the applicanttracking systems (ATSs) in place at big companies today. These ATSs are set up to help with the overload of applications that come in throughthe Internet. Much of the hiring process is automatic now, and if your resume does not pass through the ATS, itwill never reach the hiring manager who can give you that job youre looking for.

But even if you have a killer resume, you may be sabotaging yourself in other ways. Here are eight reasons why you,new grad, might be losing out on jobs:

Preparation

1. Youre Not Researching the Company

Before being considered for a job in any company, you must prepare yourself according to what the company needs. Applicants who show up blind to the needs of companieswill nevergetcalled back.

What do you know about the company you are applying for? What is itsannual revenue? What does itsell? Where are its offices located? What companies is the employerin competition with? Many interviewers will ask you questions about why you want to work for them, and knowing the answers to these aforementioned questions could helpyou demonstrate your passion and qualifications.

2. Youre Not Asking Any Questions

At the end of every interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. The worst thing you can say is No. When you have questions to ask, you show that you are genuinely interested in the position.

This is also an opportunity for you to find out about what the company needs from you. Then, you can demonstrate to the interviewer how you can meet those needs.

3. Your Attire Needs Updating

Although fewbusinesses today require you to suit up, dressing like aslob for the interview is a no-no. You should also shy away from attire that could be considered scandalous.

4. Your Resume Needs an Update

Your resume is an important part of your job-hunting process. Make sure you update it at least every three months. Many applicants fail to include their volunteer service, tutoring jobs, or similar roles.These commitments cast a positive light on yourself, so be sure to include them. Employers like to see that you are keeping busy even though you may not have a paying position.

Consider your resume as an investment in your future. If you need to, consult aprofessional on how to develop your resume. We spend money on needless things all the time, so spendinga few extra dollars to give your resume a faceliftshould really be no problem.

Demeanor

5. Your Body Language is Off-Putting



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