In today’s job market current graduates are not the only ones looking for a job. Individuals who were layed off during Philadelphia’s mass layoff in 2009 are also looking for work. So not only will current graduates be competing against other recent graduates, they also will have to compete with individuals who have 20 years work experience. So the question I pose for you is do recent graduates have an advantage over those who have had previous work experience?
Let us analyze this further. In front of you are two resumes; the first candidate is someone who has years of work experience, and the other is a recent graduate. If we focus solely on the credentials; who do we hire? Most employers would probably pick the individual with 20 years work experience, however before employers make a decision, here are some advantages to choosing the recent graduate.
One word…..Technology. Younger individuals are more equipped with the latest devices such as iPhones, Blackberry’s, and other devices. Basically you can pitch a business proposal at the palm of your hand without verbal communication. This can be a great advantage to any company. Since technology is such a big part of this generation, it’s second nature to rely on emails and constant text messaging back and forth, which makes it easier for your boss to get in touch with you on the go. Being exposed to computers at a younger age, allows for creative thinking, and efficient productivity.
Location…Location…Location. Unlike our parent’s generation, who might have found a job and started a family; our generation is focused on personal development. Most young professionals put their career first before marriage, which allows for travel and the ability to be versatile in finding a job in any city. Now a days, with technology at the tip of your fingers, we live such a fast paced life, it’s no wonder why most graduates flock to large cities like Philadelphia. The excitement of new experiences and change is what most graduates feed on. When hiring a recent graduate it is a lot easier for a company to send a single individual to job train in Japan for 6 months than someone who has a family.
Recent graduates thrive on getting ahead and being better than the competition. Our parents didn’t have the opportunities that we did, so it’s not uncommon for them to push us to be the best. It’s no wonder acceptance into college is a lot more competitive then it was 15 years ago. The expectation of maintaining specific grades and extracurricular activities has always been a priority, which is evident, and can be seen in the work ethic of most young professionals. Because they were conditioned to maintain specific standards, there is no doubt that they wouldn’t do the same for the company they work for. It’s as if they are already programmed to be competitive.
If you’re a recent graduate don’t get discouraged by the competition. You’re more marketable and valuable to employers then you give yourself credit.