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What Employers Want: Grads Who Can Think Fast, Work in Teams

June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — They can get good grades, earn a diploma and breeze through that campus rite of spring, the job interview. But college graduates still might not land a decent job....

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Jun-26-13 8:07 AM

our politicians are all college grads.says something about college.

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Jun-26-13 3:03 AM

strange. They expect higher qualifications than those for elected and appointed office.

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Jun-25-13 8:54 AM

triton,that's what i say.bootcamp is the best teacher as far as working as a team.politicians can't do this.

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Jun-25-13 8:52 AM

This article is bogus and I believe it was published as propaganda to ease the pain of the pending Immigration legislation. Basically, Americans aren't qualified to meet the needs of big business, so millions of immigrants will be brought in to fill the void!

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Jun-25-13 8:52 AM

What I see in the Ohio Valley is a chasm between what employers want in an employee and what an employee wants from their job. Employers want to base their hiring on grammatical errors and proper punctuation. Employees want to go to work, give a fair days work for a fair pay. They want to know that if they do a good job, they will be rewarded for it. A simple "Thanks for a great day" at the end of a shift is usually a sufficient reward.

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Jun-25-13 8:48 AM

I think that the story talks all around the fact that college grad or not, younger workers have no work ethic. The most often asked question in job interviews (according to HR people) by applicants is about the Facebook policy, can they play all day or not. We have billboards urging workers to stop doing meth so they can pass a drug test and that is not just for blue collar workers. Articles written by HR people, and in speeches TO COLLEGE STUDENTs tell them that a 23 year old with an honorable discharge and a good performance record in the service is a safer bet than a brand new grad worried about their Facebook time. And a college grad with the military is a star in a room full of Momma's boys,wannabe gamers and meth heads. Your degree in sociology from profs who have to keep you in school or lose their jobs is not a demonstration that you will be a good employee. Hiring in the OV is a nightmare. Its why you see so many older workers still on the job. They show up, a basic skill

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Jun-25-13 8:36 AM

Speaking of grammatical errors........... I spent a few minutes perusing the supplement "Celebrate Statehood:June 20, 1863" that was included in the News-Register on Thursday June 20th. Full of grammatical errors! SO many that it made the reading confusing to say the least. In the reality of the Ohio Valley hiring decisions should be made based on ability, trustworthiness, dependability and desire. All verified and discussed during the interview. There aren't many jobs in the Ohio Valley where an employee will be required to communicate with their associates in Mumbai! But they should have the ability to be pleasant to the customer for an entire shift! They should have the ability to not complain about how much they hate their job in the presence of customers! They should know how to count back the customers change three times at the close of a transaction! They should be able to work without being harassed by mouthy unstable fellow employees.

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Jun-25-13 7:56 AM

10% GPA 30% Resume 60% Interview

You wouldn't believe the number of interviewees I see that think their 3.8 GPA is going to make up for the grammatical errors on their resume.

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Jun-25-13 7:46 AM

The most important skill for Google is to SPY on Americans while keeping your mouth SHUT!

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