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Be Your Best Professional Self

Do you want to be an irresistible candidate to employers?  Do you know what it takes to be tapped for promotion once you land that first job?

Then, learn to be your best professional self, which means to develop specific skills that companies need in their employees.  If you listen carefully to hiring managers, most will describe similar competencies and personal qualities they find essential. If you are able to claim these attributes and provide examples, you will be a competitive candidate for the jobs you want.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified 8 career readiness competencies that college graduates need in order to successfully transition from college to career.  How many do you have?  Can you discuss these capabilities and use examples drawn from your experiences? If you would like help identifying and talking about your professional skills, talk with a career specialist in the Career Services office.

Other essential attributes desired, according to varied surveys include:

  • Interpersonal skills/emotional intelligence
  • Creative thinking
  • Project management
  • Focus
  • Agility
  • Integrity

Read articles written by people in the business of recruitment and staffing to keep up with evolving employer preferences. Try the following sites/articles to start:

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