Now that you have graduated, you are looking for a job to pay off your student loans and, hopefully, lead to a challenging and rewarding career. There are many different types of jobs out there, but they all look for some of the same things. Here are some areas you might develop in order to make yourself an irresistible candidate for your ideal job.
Many jobs require a certain level of education. If your chosen field is somewhat specialized, then you will probably need to meet certain education requirements. K-12 teachers, for instance, usually need at least a bachelors degree. Attorneys usually must finish law school and pass the state bar.
All jobs require certain technical skills. For instance, understanding typical software packages, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, is usually a basic job requirement. Job candidates might also need to do basic research on the Internet. Beyond that, you might need to use software applications appropriate to your career field. Web designers, for instance, need to use graphic design and Web development tools. You might also be called on to troubleshoot if you or a coworker can't get something to work.
It's important to be able to solve problems and to think on your feet. It requires the ability to think logically and apply what you have learned to a real world situation. Critical thinking—the ability to think for yourself and “outside the box”—is also important. If you were good at story problems in mathematics, this is a skill you should be able to master.
Get along with others
One thing just about every job has in common is people. You have coworkers, supervisors, customers, clients, patients, students, or some combination of them. In jobs where you work predominantly with others (teachers, sales people, etc. ), it is pretty obvious that you need to be able to work well with other people.
Beyond all the other skills that are discussed here, there are some skills that are hard to define, less tangible. For example, it is a good idea to be on time (or early) every day and not take much time off. This makes you look more dependable. Another intangible is attitude. A positive attitude is not just more productive, it is also infectious. All other things being equal (expertise, experience, etc), the worker with the best attitude will advance more quickly.
These skills are the basics you should work on improving. Develop these skills and become a job-hunting power house!