College Graduates: More Unemployed Now Than Any Other Group; Pro Resume Center, LLC Experts Recommend Ways to Change the Game
Milwaukee, WI, July 03, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Albert Einstein once said: The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.
This statement may hold true for many of today’s grads.
The lack of call backs and interviews among this group, currently listed as the most unemployed population group in the US, could be rooted in a poorly written resume and cover letter, according to career search experts at Pro Resume Center, LLC.
The graduates sending out 20-30 resumes a week and still having trouble just getting an interview may need a reality check with their resume, according to Janice Burch, co-founder, Pro Resume Center, LLC.
“When they come to us for help, one of the first things we tell them is to work with us to do a thorough assessment of their resume, what it says and doesn't say about their abilities and experiences,” Burch said. “We find the silly errors like typos are actually the least of their problems. The bigger issue revolves around not knowing how to market themselves to a potential employer, yet they keep sending that same resume out the door and getting the same result.”
Recent stats show that college graduates are today’s most unemployed population group. Angst is heating up among these eager job seekers wondering how they are ever going to pay back student loans, rent an apartment, make car payments and have cash left for weekend fun.
The right phrasing to capture the attention of hiring teams is key. Young applicants lose credibility right off the bat by throwing all their information up on the page so there is little organization to the content, or place an archaic 7-word job objective at the top of their resume which says nothing to an HR manager about what the applicant can bring to the table, said Burch.
A strategic assessment of the resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile can make an enormous difference for job seekers, according to Barry Breit, Burch’s partner at Pro Resume Center, LLC. Breit has more than a decade of sales, sales management, training and hiring experience.
“What we find startling is how quickly the status changes once our clients have us revise their resume or they follow our tips and advice to update their resume,” Breit said. “Now they are getting calls and landing interviews. It’s competitive out there and applicants need to stand out, especially college grads with little professional experience.”
Breit points to a number of statistics which shows how competitive the current job market is for college grads:
Nearly 6 million young people nationwide are out of school and not working, according to a study by the Opportunity Nation Coalition.
More than 3.5 million Americans work at or below the minimum wage, up more than 50 percent from a decade ago, and government data show that the numbers of minimum wage workers have swollen even among those who hold college and advanced degrees.
The number of college graduates working minimum wage jobs is 71 percent. higher than it was a decade ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest figures. As of 2012, 284,000 college graduates were working at or below the minimum wage, up from 167,000 in 2002.
The Institute for College Access and Success reports that the average class of 2012 graduate left college with $29,400 in debt, a figure that has climbed an average of 6 percent each year for the past four years.
A few tips below from Pro Resume Center, LLC to help combat those overwhelming stats. College grads should focus on these primary tips to get out of the job search rut:
· Develop a strong value statement for your career profile statement on your resume – this replaces the old job objective
· Focus on the most important skill sets you have acquired with your internships, paid positions, campus jobs, and other experiences. Social media skills? Office management? Managing people? Identify and list it if it applies to the desired position.
· Get a professional looking headshot photo for your resume and LinkedIn profile
· Make sure your resume is error-free and organized in a way that highlights your most important strengths to the position for which you are applying
· Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile with a professional looking profile photo and your interest area highlighted. Recruiters are using LinkedIn to discover potential job candidates
· Develop a website/gallery highlighting important information about you and your work. Shows you know how to navigate social media.
· Network. It will help you spread the word on what you are looking for. People love to help others – use this to your full advantage.
Today’s job seekers need to be sure they are doing everything possible to make a great first impression from the resume through the interview follow up. For more information, visit www.ProResumeCenter.com.