When searching for a job, students can find themselves overwhelmed with information and advice on how to make themselves attractive to employers, leaving them feeling overwhelmed. Some employers may state that they value good communication over the skills of the organization; Others may prioritize time management over good teamwork.
Really, it will really depend on the industry you want to work in, the role you are applying for and the specific qualities the employer is looking for.
However, the best place to start is to hear from some of the employers themselves about what they value most when they look to hire graduates.
First is Alvin Ng, Vice President and General Manager, Johnson Controls Singapore. In this excerpt from the new online course from The Student and Common Purpose, Alvin explains why clear and simple communication skills are so important to a graduate job search, and outlines some common mistakes young graduates can learn to avoid.
In this second passage, Alvin mentions that there are certain qualities that will always give students an advantage when applying for jobs. Check out his tip below for the qualities that will set you apart from other applicants.
Hsern-Wei Ling, CEO of PwC Malaysia, stated that if he could return to university, he would focus more on developing and developing teamwork skills as he believes most graduates will need them at some point in their careers.
Finally, when applying for graduate jobs, it is very likely that you may encounter some no’s before receiving final approval. Although this can be frustrating, it is unfortunately a common part of the job search process. Sarah Kant, Principal Partner at Willis Towers Watson, advises that it’s best not to take these things personally as they won’t be a reflection of you and your qualities, but are more likely to be indicative of these jobs being overwhelmed with applicants.
These videos are excerpts from a new student-sized, bite-sized online course and common purpose, Skills Now: Increase your employability.