There’s an interesting slideshare presentation doing the rounds on the internet at the moment. It’s slightly tongue-in-cheek, very funny but also has a very serious message: not all graduates are created equal.
The list of reasons is not exactly new material, such as not being prepared for interviews or failing to do even the basic research. But others are, well… a bit more surprising.
Take number 6, for example… “You don’t know what you want to do”. At times I have been guilty of this, but having hired a few people myself in the past the response is absolutely correct. Who in their right mind is going to hire you and invest time and money in your future if you can’t even convice yourself that you really want the job? Everything you do, from your resume to your follow-up note really has to hammer the point home if you are going to be the competition.
Similarly, no one want to hire a ‘jack of all trades’ candidate. So many times I see careers advice urging people to fill their gaps or work on their weaknesses, but what does this really achieve? No one can be great at everything. Wouldn’t it be smarter to really stand out for something and use this to differentiate yourself? Maximize your strenghts.
Another sage piece of advice is to do an internship, or two or three, particularly if you are looking to change career after you graduate from your MBA. This takes all the risk out for the employer (and yourself) and is a great way to build contacts for the future.
It’s a great article for graduates of any age and any experience. If you haven’t read it already, take 5 minutes to read it… it may just help you land your dream job: