When job searching, recent graduates might be frustrated by the so-called entry level positions available. Upon first glance, the job advert might look promising for someone who has yet to enter the working world, that is until eager eyes read 'two to three years of experience required.'
If experience is required, how can it be considered an entry level position?
This catch-22 doesn't have to be game-over for recent graduates, you just have to know how to showcase what employers actually expect from new hires.
The ability to show off what others can't
You first want to be able to demonstrate the skills that employers aren't expecting of recent graduates. Right now, employers across Australia are finding that many recent graduates coming into the workforce are lacking basic skills such as writing proficiency, critical thinking and problem solving, according to a PayScale's Levelling Up: How to Win In the Skills Economy report*.
You'll notice, however, these aren't skills that are unique to any one industry, they can be applied everywhere. Skills like critical thinking and problem solving, for example, are at the crux of how all companies function.
Businesses are faced with challenges every day, and if you aren't able to come up with a solution, you're in trouble. Likewise, if you aren't able to communicate those ideas clearly you're at an immediate disadvantage in the market.
What employers really want
Employers want to hire someone who is going to be a good fit for their organisation.
Beyond these soft skills, employers want to hire someone who is going to be the best fit for their role. Your character traits actually play a bigger part in your success in a company than you'd think.
For example, someone with a higher propensity to take risks is less likely to do well in an auditing role, compared to someone with a high attention to detail. For a sales role, the requirements might be reversed. While an interviewer can sort out if an applicant is a good fit or not when they first meet, this isn't always foolproof which wastes the time of everyone involved. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline this process.
At Monash Talent, our specialised recruiting platform runs graduates of Monash University through a series of games created with big data analysis and neuroscience research. The platform is measuring cognitive, social and emotional traits that are matched against success profiles for the job, in order to see if you're a good fit. With this direction, you're able to fine tune your job search to those you're most compatible with, taking all the guesswork out of the process.
If you're interested in learning more about the smart way to get hired, contact the team at Monash Talent and let's get your future started.
*PayScale (2016). Levelling Up: How to Win In the Skills Economy. (Accessed day April 2018). https://www.payscale.com/data-packages/job-skills.