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Published:September 2nd, 2011 13:33 EST
Tips for College Grads to Land the Job of Their Dreams

Tips for College Grads to Land the Job of Their Dreams

By SOP newswire2

You may have aced Intermediate Accounting, but you didn`t count on getting lost on the way to your first big job interview. So you arrived late and flustered, chugged a restorative cup of coffee in the reception area, and then offered your interviewer a sweaty handshake.

Those simple mistakes may have cost you the job, according to Patricia D. Sadar, a 20-year veteran of Human Resources Management and author of Congratulations "You Aced the Interview and Congratulations "You`re Hired ( for recent college graduates.

Students and parents alike spend their valuable time and hard-earned money to get into the right school and earn their college degree, " said Sadar, an adjunct professor at Florida International University.  It seems as though they forget the big picture " landing the job. " 

That`s an even greater challenge in today`s market, which can be especially hard to crack for young workers. Sixty percent of recent college graduates do not have full-time jobs in their fields of study, according to a spring CNN Money report citing the job-placement firm Adecco Group. 

Sadar`s CliffNotes-style books answer burning questions, break through myths, and point students towards the career fast lane! All books are written to be read in an hour and put to use today! 

Each book offers a checklist of strategies and a road map to travel the simplest, fastest, and most direct route for students to land the job of their dreams.   Some tips include:

Tailor your resumé to the job:   Recruiters often   simply scan resumés, so be sure the experience and skills being sought are   easy to spot, and the same information is repeated in your cover letter.   Include a professional summary, competencies, strengths and accomplishments   all focused on the position for which you`re applying.

Prepare for the interview " what you do before, during and after counts: Know how to get there and allow   extra time so you don`t arrive late. Don`t use strong cologne or tobacco   products, and don`t drink coffee beforehand, all of which can be smelly   turn-offs. Do pop a breath mint " not chewing gum, which has no place in an   interview. If your palms are sweaty, wipe your hand discreetly before giving a   firm handshake. Follow up with a thank-you note to the interviewer within 24   hours.

Be truthful when asked about weaknesses: People often avoid these questions   or answer by presenting what they consider to be a strength as a weakness,   such as I`m a workaholic " or I`m a perfectionist. " The interviewer wants to   know if you can recognize your weaknesses and how you`re working on them, or   whether you can admit mistakes and learn from them. Be prepared to honestly   discuss one weakness and one past mistake.

Ask questions, but not about salary, benefits, sick or vacation time: Go prepared to ask three to five   questions about the company, the department or the position. You might ask the   interviewer to describe the ideal candidate for the job, what he or she most   enjoys about working for the company, or what the company`s biggest challenges   will be in the coming year.

Remember, mealtime interviews are not about the food: Order a conservatively priced meal   that doesn`t have a strong smell and that you can eat without making a mess.   Don`t order an alcoholic beverage, even if your interviewer does, and mind   your table manners.

Be courteous to everyone you meet,  from the parking lot to the restroom: Don`t underestimate the importance   of parking attendants, receptionists and security guards, who often have   influence with decision-makers. The person in the elevator or at the lavatory   could be the CEO or a potential future boss.

About Patricia D. Sadar

Patricia D. Sadar is CEO of People2Strategy, a strategic Human Resources consulting firm, an adjunct professor at Florida International, faculty member at University of Phoenix, speaker, career coach, and author. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, she holds bachelor`s and master`s degrees in Business Administration.