There’s no way around it—the working world today is harsh. Recent college grads are going into one of the toughest job economies in recent history. With mounting college debt, too few open positions, and a general inability to sell their most marketable skills, many new graduates are feeling the pressures of the “real world” like never before. That being said, there are many things that today’s college grads have to offer the working world.
In a job market that is more and more focused on technology, computers, and the internet, there are few others more equipped for work than the recent college population. Foster and sell these tech skills on your resume, in your cover letter, and at your next interview to find more success in the job market.
General Programming Skills
In today’s technology crazed world, having any sort of extended knowledge with computers can be a huge (HUGE) plus. Learning some basic computer programming skills can be fairly easy and make for a huge selling point on an applicant’s resume. Consider learning basic html tags. HTML is used to code things for webpages.
Even if you are applying for jobs that do not involve computer programming or html use, displaying this type of knowledge can be a big plus. Many employers will see computer programming knowledge as an indication of how well you can manage, work with, and learn technology.
Social Media Knowledge
Social media knowledge is one of the most marketable traits a job candidate can have in the working world today. Not only is social media one of the fastest growing areas of employment, but employers in other industries see these skills as an indication of being in tune with current trends and interests. Any major company that sells a service, product, or otherwise is being forced to play the social media game today.
By having useful knowledge on how to implement and use tools like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and so many more, you become that much more useful to your employer. Explore the real value you have in understanding how Facebook and Twitter work and use it to your advantage in your job hunt.
Web Browser and Operating System
Knowing how to use various web browsers and operating systems can be a very important skill in the working world today. Be sure that you are fluent in easily maneuvering web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Some companies will use more than one browser or may force employees to use a specific one, so having that knowledge is useful.
The same logic can go for computer operating systems as well. Having a thorough understanding of how both Mac and Windows operating systems work is a huge plus in the working world. Many companies will only use one type of operating system, so being comfortable with either could be a huge asset.
Barbara Jolie is a full time freelance writer and blogger in the Houston area. She enjoys writing about education and the advantages of online classes for all students. If you have any questions email Barbara at [email protected].