DULLES, Va. (10/8/13)--Young job seekers are in trouble. According to a report just released by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, young people make up a much larger share of America's unemployed population than they do of the work force. And the job market is getting more competitive: By 2020, more than 65% of jobs will require more than a high school degree (Huffington Post Sept. 30).
If you're a recent grad fortunate enough to land an interview for a white-collar job in this economy, it's important not to alienate the people who could be signing your pay check.
Although much about the interview is out of your control, these suggestions might help you make a better impression with a prospective employer:
To become a "wow" candidate, when it's your turn to share, turn your focus to the industry in general. Read relevant news and put the company in context with the latest headlines. Then come prepared to offer your own ideas.
For more information about handling your financial life after being a student, read "The Time Has Come...To Get a Job" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.