According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 5 million job openings in the United States, and that number will only grow in the coming years. However, there is a disconnect between the skills that employers are looking for and what recent graduates are offering. For example, a study by PwC found that while 92% of business leaders believe soft skills (e.g., communication, problem-solving, teamwork) are essential for recent graduates, only 43% of recent graduates feel they have solid and soft skills.
The world needs to ensure that our educational system is preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. It means teaching them essential academic skills, but it also means teaching them critical thinking skills and how to solve problems. By equipping graduates with these skills, we can help ensure they are ready to take on whatever challenges they might face in their careers. If you want to contribute, starting these resources and opportunities can be your starting point.
Resume Writing Workshop
The resume will be the first impression an employer has of you, so it is essential to ensure it is good. Unfortunately, not every person knows how to craft a good resume. The details, including the order of information and other factors, significantly affect whether or not employers notice your resume.
Here are the details you should remember for your resume:
- Your resume should be one page.
- Your name and contact information should be at the top of the page.
- You should have a professional email address.
- Include a summary of your skills and experience.
- Tailor your resume for your career.
- Highlight your relevant knowledge and skills.
- Use action verbs to describe your accomplishments.
- Quantify your achievements whenever possible.
- Proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors
One way to help graduates is to offer resume writing workshops. You can provide tips and advice on how to write a good resume and help them edit their portfolios. It will ensure they have the best chance of getting their dream job.
Interviewing Skills Workshop
The interview is another critical step in the job application process. It can be helpful to offer an interviewing skills workshop to help graduates hone their skills. You can provide tips on how to dress, answer questions, and conduct themselves during an interview.
Some other things you can do:
- Give a presentation on the different types of interviews (e.g., behavioral, panel, phone)
- Offer a mock interview so graduates can practice
- Provide feedback on body language and verbal cues
- Help them prepare for common interview questions
You can help recent graduates succeed in their job search by offering workshops and resources like these. You will equip them with the skills they need to impress employers and land the job they want. Your efforts can start with mock interviews, but you can also help by providing tips and public speaking opportunities to boost their confidence. Fresh graduates might stutter and feel nervous during their first attempts, but you can help them improve and nail the process.
Physical Appearance Improvement
Recent graduates might not know this yet, but their physical appearance plays a role in the job application process. More than half of employers (51%) said they would not hire a candidate if they did not have a neat and professional appearance.
There are several things graduates can do to improve their physical appearance, including:
Dressing for success:
Wearing appropriate clothes for the job you are applying for shows that you take the interview seriously.
Ensure you are well-groomed and have a fresh breath before your interview.
Your body language says a lot about you, so be aware of your posture and facial expressions.
However, not every person’s physical appearance is the same. A few flaws might require fixing to ensure they present themselves better than they want. A smile is a perfect example. While it might not be something related to your skills and knowledge, you might not get a chance to showcase your abilities if you have a poor smile. A missing tooth can do that, making it necessary to visit the dental clinic to help you. A tooth implant can help improve your smile and, as a result, increase your chances of success in job interviews.
Offering workshops on physical appearance can help recent graduates succeed in their job search. You can provide tips on how to dress for success, groom themselves properly, and improve their body language. Improving their physical appearance will give them a better chance of impressing employers and landing their desired job.
Recent graduates face many challenges when it comes to finding a job. They might not have the necessary skills or experience, and their physical appearance can also hold them back. However, there are things you can do to help them succeed.
You can offer workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and physical appearance. These workshops will equip them with the skills they need to land their desired job. You can also provide resources like mock interviews and tips on how to dress for success. By helping recent graduates, you can prepare them for the future and help them start their careers on the right foot.