The hiring landscape facing recent college grads may be inhospitable, with an April poll showing more than half the college graduates admitting to having difficulty in finding a job. But authors Coach Micheal J. Burt and Colby B. Jubenville share tactics to help graduates create a best-odds scenario for acing interviews and landing a job.
Here’s one of them based on a show and tell strategy:
Learn to leverage your past. Of course you’ll talk about your education during your job interview, and you’ll probably have the opportunity to discuss any other experience that might be relevant to the job. But according to Burt, one of the most important points you can make is that you know how to overcome adversity. Whether you’ve made poor choices in the past or have dealt with an unforeseen obstacle, employers want to know that you can clear hurdles and reinvent yourself when circumstances call for it. No organization wants to hire an employee whose hand will need to be held every time the going gets tough!
“Whether it’s big or small, being able to discuss a problem you have successfully dealt with shows that you are adaptable and that you are willing to evolve into a better version of yourself,” Burt confirms. “It might help to think about your life backwards: Where are you today and how did you get there? What were the major turning points or challenges? You didn’t earn that degree without putting in your share of metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears!”