What employers are looking for obviously varies from job to job, but many businesses like hiring recent graduates for one or more of the following reasons. Remember these advantages when putting together your resume and preparing for interviews.
1.You Understand a Valuable Demographic That Is Hard to Reach
Nearly all businesses and non-profit organizations want to capture the attention and wallets of the consumer demographic you belong to, 18- to 24-year-olds. But they often struggle to understand the demographic’s mindset, motivations, purchasing behaviors, and communication styles. Having someone like you who’s in the demographic can help the company to design products, craft messaging, and deliver delightful customer experiences to this important target audience.
2.Technology and Social Media Is Part of Your DNA
Businesses want to reach prospects, customers, employees, and vendors through technology. Senior execs realize that there is untapped potential in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp, mobile apps, etc. But they may not know the most effective ways to use these tools. As someone who has most likely grown up with computers and other technology, you intuitively grasp how to use things like social media that can confuse older generations.
3.You Are Willing to Take Risks
As businesses innovate and experiment with new ways of doing business, they need team members who are eager to contribute and willing to take on projects with uncertain outcomes. The ability to learn from failure is particularly valuable.
4.You Are a Blank Slate in Terms of Company Knowledge
Many managers prefer to hire people who they can shape to thrive in a unique environment. In the past, they may have become frustrated with seemingly qualified employees who were too bound to standard industry practices and business models. Your lack of experience means that you can easily adopt your new employer’s way of doing business.
5.You Aren’t Afraid to Ask Questions
Long-time employees may think that asking questions reveals inadequacies, so they often keep quiet. And when you ask questions, your boss generally really appreciates it. Asking questions demonstrates you are eager to learn, have wrestled with an issue (rather than ignoring it), desire to have a deep understanding.
6.Travel Is Exciting to You
Many entry-level positions involve extensive travel. Such jobs may require long hours in the field not only during the typical workweek but also on the weekend. Further, there may be an expectation that you show enthusiasm and effectively represent the company to consumers, vendors, and colleagues on these visits. When you're young (and likely haven't started a family yet), traveling is a lot easier and more likely to be seen as a fun adventure rather than an inconvenience.
7.Relocation Is Not a Problem
Employers may have difficulty attracting employees to certain locations. Hiring managers may have tried to extend job offers that were rejected because candidates did not want to uproot themselves and their families. As a new grad, you may be more likely to move for a decent opportunity. Plus, you can accept changing locales multiple times early in your career to gain valuable experiences.
8.You Are Passionate About Work
Employers want employees who love their jobs. Self-motivated people who find meaning in their work are generally productive, supportive of coworkers, and promote workplace harmony.
9.You Are a Bargain
In times of recession and recovery alike, companies are cautious about spending. Though many organizations are willing to pay top dollar for the best talent with a history of successes, some are hesitant to overburden their budgets with payroll expenses. You may be attractive to companies who want capable employees but don’t have a lot of extra cash. As a new grad, you may be more likely to accept a lower-than-average salary in order to gain experience and exposure to clients in your field.
10.Your Knowledge Is Fresh and Up-to-Date
Hiring managers may welcome a recent grad as a cost-effective way to bring up-to-date knowledge to their businesses. Fresh out of school, you've likely been studying the newest practices in your field, possibly with prominent research professors.
11.You Are Primed to Learn All Aspects of the Business
You just came out of college — a concentrated period of time when you were exploring all aspects of your course of study. That means that when you enter the workplace, you’re primed to learn all aspects of the business, whether or not they’re directly relevant to the task at hand.
12.You're Good at Multitasking
About that aforementioned versatility... employers often need someone who can handle multiple tasks at once and move among assignments as needed. Most employees must maintain a strong focus on their areas of accountability in order to meet both company performance requirements and career goals. You just spent years of college learning how to multitask and prioritize —balancing different classes and subjects, extracurricular activities, and probably living on your own for the first time.
13.You Are a Fountain of New Ideas
Businesses need people who offer a steady influx of new ideas and question existing methods. You probably have a much different base of reference from your boss — you know about different movies and music, have different hobbies, and know different people —all of which can help you think in different ways. As a result, you can brainstorm and share innovative ideas nearly effortlessly.
14.You Are Results-Oriented
Smart companies are moving towards a results only work environment — a system in which employees are evaluated by their productivity instead of the hours they turn in. Employees in this system are flexible go-getters. If a project requires extra hours to finish, you all order a pizza and stay late to do it. But if you finish early, the whole team can take off early and catch a movie.
15.You Thrive on Change
Adaptability in a fast-changing world is a desirable attribute. Companies must keep up with trends, technology, and more. So many companies especially appreciate employees who not only adapt to, but also embrace change.
16.You Are Collaborative
Studies have shown that thanks to things like new communication technology and a focus on in-class teamwork, new college graduates are more interested in working together and prepared to collaborate than previous generations.
17.You Represent the Future
Even when the job market seems tight, don't give up. It's tight for everyone right now. Yeah, you may not have years of experience or tons of contacts. But there are so many great reasons for employers to hire you. You just spent a significant amount of time training in your field. Couple that with some enthusiasm and eagerness to do a good job, and you're a great candidate.