College Grads Rule! . . . With An Alternative Job Plan!

by : Paul Megan

Well, you've probably already heard the recent great news for college grads. Hiring of college grads is up 17% over previous years!

That means there are a lot more opportunities to get a serious foothold in the employment market. The bad news is you're not going to be eligible for these unique positions without a solid job plan.

For instance, if you think you have a first rate job campaign because you've put together a smokin' resume, and you've lined up impressive references, and you've honed your interviewing skills . . . well, you're in for a major disappointment.

You better acquire an alternative job plan . . . one that's grounded in the realities of today's complex job marketplace.

You see, the old-fashioned job search methods are OUT! For the simple reason that they don't match the expectations of today's savvy employers.

Just take interviewing as an example. Back in the day (a couple years ago) an interviewer might ask you,
"Tell me a little about yourself." Or "What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?"

Today they want to know very specifically how you plan to make a contribution to the organization. What values do you bring to the table and how can you put them to immediate use? And how do you see yourself solving corporate problems?

This "values" approach is just one of the areas where expectations have changed . . . and where you better have an alternative job plan if you hope to make it.

Or take your resume. With an alternative job plan you learn how to focus on what you've got going for you going forward. Employers simply aren't interested in what you used to do for someone else. They want you to take the initiative to show how you can make a difference to their organization. And if that doesn't come across in your resume, it's already on the discard pile. You'll never even get that first meeting.

So, if you're heading into the job market this year, you want to be armed with the very latest strategies and techniques. These are the ones that are consistent with the changes in the marketplace. They avoid the pitfalls and wrong turns that can turn an exciting time in your life into a nightmare

If you're a college grad, check out how you're going about your job search. Then give serious consideration to an alternative job plan!