Comments on: Five Myths about the Real World Money: Earn it, Invest it, Spend it Fri, 19 May 2017 17:24:17 +0000 hourly 1 By: professionalism Fri, 05 Sep 2008 15:56:39 +0000 As a recent college undergraduate I can tell you all this?.

In a perfect world, all of the smiling, resume giving, and note taking you did at your college career fair would have paid off immediately after you were handed your 60k+ piece of sheep skin, but it does not. Most companies and government agencies now list a bachelors as their ?minimum? requirements. Furthermore, many recruiters at career fairs (especial those on the federal side) are not really there to look for applicants, unless they have specialized skills (i.e. majored in engineering), they are just there to pass time.

Unless you are privileged to have a ?daddy? with connections on the inside, you are going to be in line with everyone else, and possibly even working at 7-11 to get by till your apps come through.

*Bachelors Degrees are a dime a dozen, and what employers really look for is experience,contacts,and work history. Today, anyone with enough money can go to any major university and BUY a degree. Hetch, they can be purchased online as well?

*Your GPA and area of study do not matter. I had well over a 3.0, but so did just about the 1500 students in my school of study who graduated with me. Unless you are applying for graduate school or majored in a specialized field, employers do not care your GPA or what educational skills you gained from your study. They are only impressed if you were at the top of your class, have some graduate level work, or have years of work experience. If you try to make ?grades? the focal point if your ?skills? on your resume or during an interview, the interviewer may take it as insult or view you as a ?know it all? with no real experience.

*Currently employers are looking for those with either a lot of work experience (+3 full time) or graduate levels of education.

*Your internships, work study, or previous part time work experience do not matter unless you made strong connections and got good referrals from those jobs.

*Government agencies are notorious for taking forever to respond to applications, and (from my own personal experience)they may call you in for interviews or test only to tell you you are inexperienced (already knowing that you were not what they were looking for.) Agencies/departments that recruit at colleges and career fairs do this the most.

*Yes, it is true, many employers have unrealistic expectations of recent undergrads, especially those in high end companies and government agencies. They want applicants as young a new born lamb, but experienced as father time. In light of this there are three areas that WILL get you noticed when you apply for any job. They are LANGUAGES spoken, COMPUTER SKILLS acquired, and GRADUATE LEVEL COURSE WORK (a hint to all of those who are still undergrads or on their way to college.)

* Unless you are applying for jobs in specialized fields, i.e. engineering, medicine/health, law, IT, accounting, etc. your graduate level work (if you decide to pursue it)really will not matter to employers. Most are simply impressed that you completed some sort of program somewhere?.undergraduate degree?forget about it.

*In a perfect world EEOC, Fair Labor Standards, and non discriminatory mission statements would ensure that everyone?s interview lead to a job or at least got a fair shake. The truth is many apps are disqualified and many applicants are turned down for petty reasons. ?Lack of experience? is often a code for, ?Your young, and therefore stupid for wasting my time, come back when you fit my expectations not the company?s??, ?I just do not like the way you look?? ?Our diversity quota is full?? or finally, ?You will NOT help us meet our diversity quota??

Face the facts, nepotism, contacts, and quotas are the way of the work world. A lot of HR managers have an axe to grind (and take their frustrations out on new applicants) and a lot more just generally dislike young applicants. It does not matter if your black, white, yellow, brown, the deck is stacked against you and even more so if you are young, have no contacts within the place you are applying for, and or lack a graduate, specialized, or IVY League level of education.