Food for Thought: What makes me worth hiring?

Simply having a college degree will not get you hired.

Food for Thought: What makes me worth hiring?

Food for Thought: What makes me worth hiring?

According to Ilya Pozin* in his article Class of 2013: Your Degree doesn’t mean Squat**, “We need to break away from this idea. In all reality, most employers could care less about your GPA or where you went to school.”

OK. Not exactly what young people would like to hear, but it definitely gives us food for thought.

The days of demanding the best working conditions and all kinds of extras are over. Instead of taking on the rather arrogant attitude of ‘why wouldn’t this company hire me’, “the real question for new graduates to consider is: What can I bring to the table that makes me worth hiring?”

In short, Ilya sums up the following tips.

1. Your degree isn’t a golden ticket. We need to put an end to the “silver spoon complex.” Simply obtaining a degree may only help you out if you’re planning to go the corporate route, where companies have more time and money to invest in training programs. Many companies, however, care more about the impact their employees have on the company than whether or not employees have a degree.

2. It’s all about experience. Today, undertaking one internship isn’t enough to prove your experience to employers. The reason so many college graduates can’t find work is because they lack experience.

[But than I wonder… how to get experience if no company gives you a break in the first place?]

According to Ilya, one simple way to get more experience within your industry is by taking on freelance work and contracting gigs. These types of experiences will help you learn and grow while developing a sense of independence, responsibility, and drive. All of these traits are highly attractive to employers.

3. Passion will help you succeed. Don’t just apply to any job to get hired anywhere; employers will be able to tell. Passion is what gets you hired. Ilya: “It’s not just about looking for a job. Employers want employees who are truly passionate about what they do and have a vision to benefit the company.”

4. Companies hire the person who is certain to cause the most positive impact. Before you apply to your next job opening, ask yourself the following: What can you do for the company? How can you turn a profit? If you aren’t able to answer these questions, then don’t apply. Employers–especially small businesses and startups–are only interested in hiring someone who is going to positively impact their company. Make the effort to prove to employers you’re worth hiring.

5. Go the extra mile. Success doesn’t come to those who wait. You have to give 200% for everything you do… even if it means working overtime. It’s all about putting in the effort required to make an impact.

So here’s your 5-step ‘plan’ to success. What’s left for me to say… GOOD LUCK!!

*About Ilya Pozin:
Founder of Ciplex. Columnist for Inc, Forbes & LinkedIn. Gadget lover, investor, mentor, husband, father, and ’30 Under 30′ entrepreneur. 

** This article has been shortened and slightly changed from its original version on LinkedIn.

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