According to the study Workforce 2020, the number skill employers are seeking from college graduates is leadership closely followed by critical thinking, problem solving and team participation skills. Yet most career employment tips look to building impressive resumes to interviewing well because these more technical skills will get you on your path toward career employment. This belief is rooted in what I call the Osmosis learning factor because through absorption you will get everything you need.
The number one top tip for career employment and to secure college success is hardly if not rarely ever discussed. Why? Because those leading the discussion are just as clueless as those soon to be college graduates.
If you want college success (that being defined as graduating from college in 4 years and securing your ideal career employment, then your action is to write both a career and personal life plan. By taking this action, you are demonstrating leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Unfortunately, the majority of people in this country including college students place more value in the common written grocery list than they do planning their futures. Just think what happens when that written list of must buy items is left at home or the office?
- More money is spent
- More time is wasted
- More items are purchased that are not needed
- More emotions are wasted
- More energy is wasted
Let's face it, the common written grocery list has more value than the future for the majority of citizens.
However this can be changed very quickly by establishing the goals you want for successful career employment and college success. For example, invest the time to writ down the following:
- Where do I see myself in 3 to 5 years?
- What company do I want to work for?
- What type of experience will I need?
- What type of person do I want to work for?
- How much money do I need to begin a successful career?
Then consider some or all of these action items:
- Do you research about the industry, the job, the company and the people who work or are connected to the company (Career Coaching Tip: The Internet makes this far simpler than in years past.)
- Begin using social media to connect with these individuals especially LinkedIn since this site is visited by more business people and recruiters than any other site. (Career Coaching Tip: Make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete. Do not use your summary section as a resume. This is a big mistake. Your summary is where you share your compelling story, where you market without selling yourself, and also includes some results if possible.)
- Start if you have not and continue business to business networking so that you begin to establish and further develop critical future business relationships
- Make sure you have the sales skills, yes sales skills because this is all about the company buying you. (Career Coaching Tip: Everyone is in sales. It's just some people get paid to be sales people.)
- Invest the time to practice your communication skills with others such as friends, family members and even professional colleagues in the business world not necessarily the academic world. (Career Coaching Tip: Your non-verbal cues may torpedo any chances for that best job ever. Understand basic neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).)
- Put together a schedule based upon your goals such as each Monday I will personally connect with 5 people, identify 5 positions, etc.
- Work your plan and continue to plan your work by monitoring, measuring and managing your results
By being proactive you are now taking and creating your destiny because you have far more control that you probably realize. Through your predetermined thoughts and actions you are demonstrating you are a forward thinking leader and that is the first step to successful career employment and life success.