Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

If your new job is bringing you to East Texas, congratulations! You’re relocating to one of the most beautiful parts of the state, maybe even the nation. When individuals move for employment, it’s like a fresh start, but there are many unknowns. Here Brelsford Personnel provides links and information to help make the transition a little easier.

Connecting Utilities When Moving to Tyler

Inside the city limits Tyler Water Utilities provides water, sewer and trash pickup. If you don’t currently have service with them, you’ll have to stop by their office at 511 W. Locust Street or fill out an online application. They’ll ask for your picture ID, a lease or contract for the address you want service and your social security card.

If you’re moving from out of town you can upload your documentation. Tyler Water Utilities charges a non-refundable $50 connection fee and usually connects service within a business day.

Centerpoint Energy is the gas provider for the area. It’s possible to connect service by filling out their online form or contacting a representative.
Deposits range between $55 and $100 depending on your credit. They usually take a few days to turn on service and require someone be present when they do. They provide a window for their arrival that can stretch over several hours.

There are several choices when it comes to electricity, so it helps to shop online for what best fits your family’s needs. Choose Energy and Power2Switch allow you to compare plans from TriEagle, Frontier, Bounce Energy and other providers.

TXU Energy is the most widely used electricity supplier. They have several billing plans available, and people can order service online or over the phone. TXU runs your credit to evaluate the deposit, and if your credit is good they may waive it altogether. People with credit problems might have to pay up to $250.

Moving to Tyler and School Enrollment

Tyler Independent School District (TISD) provides education for students from kindergarten through 12th grade and offers an online registration process. If your child hasn’t ever attended a TISD school, they ask once you’ve completed online enrollment you bring these documents to your child’s campus:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Current immunization records
  • Proof of residency like a utility bill or lease agreement in your name
  • Evidence of withdrawal from previous school if your child attended somewhere else
  • Your photo ID

If you’re not sure what school your child should attend, check out the Tyler ISD attendance zone map for the current year, as geographic areas for attending specific schools are in the process of changing.

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Smartphone Apps for Moving

Reduce stress during your move by staying organized. Technology can help you take a systematic approach to everything you need to accomplish. Download one of these apps to keep your to-do list handy at all times.

  • Moving Organizer Lite is a free download for Android and iPhone. It comes with checklists for common tasks and helps you keep track of what’s in boxes.
  • MoveAdvisor is basically a calendar app that tells what you need to accomplish week by week when you put in your intended move date.
  • Moving Tips is also free, and offers ideas for expert packing, long-distance moving, protecting your furniture and unpacking at your destination.

If you’re still looking for a job that will allow you to move to Tyler, Brelsford Personnel can help. Check out our online job postings or contact us today.

Sources:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/11/20/8-tips-for-a-successful-job-relocation/
https://www.tylerisd.org/
http://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/TylerWaterUtilities/WaterServiceCenter.aspx
https://www.txu.com/view-plans.aspx?customerclassification=residential&cint=4&dwel=01&prom=ONGMINITPS&zip=75703&tdsp=ER_ONCOR&eLease=false
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/

Hot Jobs in East Texas 2018

Hot Jobs in East Texas 2018

Are you a college student who has knocked out the basics, now it’s time to choose a career path? Or maybe you’re getting burned out in your current role and feel ready for a change. KETK recently released a special report on the hottest jobs in East Texas that predicts employment opportunities in the year ahead. Find out what jobs are in the highest demand, common starting salaries and how you can apply for the East Texas jobs available through Brelsford Personnel.

East Texas Retail Jobs

The national economy is doing well, and the Tyler economy is outpacing national averages. Consumers feel confident, and they’re more willing to spend their extra cash when they go shopping.

East Texans have more stores to choose from than ever before. The Village at Cumberland Park continues to open new shops and other retail locations are also expanding. Tyler’s new stores need employees. KETK predicted 2,000 more retail sales people will be needed over the next six years.

Retail positions don’t typically require a degree or certification, but applicants must have a variety of hard and soft skills. Positions average around $26,000 for full-time employment, with management level staff sometimes earning $50,000 and up.

Hot Jobs in East Texas 2018

Tyler Healthcare Jobs

Dr. Ray Perryman of The Perryman Group provides an annual economic forecast for the nation, Texas and the Tyler area. According to his 2018 Economic Overview, Tyler’s largest employment industry is health care and social assistance with 23,165 workers. More than 7,500 medical-related jobs were offered last year. That number should just keep growing.

Some of the most in-demand healthcare jobs are as follows:

  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Licensed nurses average around $42,000 a year in East Texas, with salaries that vary for other positions depending on qualifications and experience.

Restaurant Jobs in East Texas

People in East Texas love to eat out, and in the last few years their options for doing so have expanded. Texas de Brazil, The Original Pancake House and Cantina Laredo didn’t even exist in Tyler last year.

Restaurant salaries vary widely. Wait staff depend heavily on tips, so what they make depends on where they work and who they serve that day. The KETK report says general managers average around $50,000 a year.

Tyler Construction Jobs

Carpenters, electricians, framers and related experts are in demand as commercial and residential construction continue to boom. Texas electricians average $21.10 an hour and Texas carpenters average $16.63. The construction explosion also requires high numbers of qualified air conditioning contractors and painters.

Oil and Gas Extraction Jobs

Perryman’s Economic Overview predicts the fastest growing sector in East Texas will be mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction, with most of that growth in oil and gas. The report predicts a 2.1 percent growth by year end. This sector also has a high average pay per worker with salaries around $90,005. The industry hires mostly highly skilled technical workers.

East Texas Jobs Available Now

Brelsford Personnel has a variety of jobs from administrative to accounting, data entry to sales, in a range of industries. View our online positions, submit your resume or contact us to start your job search today.

Sources:
http://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/local-news/special-report-hot-jobs/1153402117
https://www.zippia.com/advice/fastest-growing-jobs-in-texas/
https://www.indeed.com/salaries/Electrician-Salaries,-Texas
https://www.indeed.com/salaries/Carpenter-Salaries,-Texas

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

The road to professional success is full of challenges, especially for women. It helps to have a mentor who has faced those challenges and come out on the other side.

This May 17 the Tyler Executive Women’s Network (TEWN) is reaching out to young professional women to offer support. Tyler’s former Mayor Barbara Bass is leading the event and Kim Lewis is the keynote speaker. Kim Lewis is known for being lead designer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and she was born in Tyler, Texas.

Why Women Need a Mentor

Mentors help women succeed in business despite the unique challenges they face. When asked in an interview if she had experienced being mentored, Barbara Bass said when she was starting her career, there were not a lot of professional women.

“They were mostly guys who had daughters,” she said, “And they were being great dads by taking where I was and thinking what they would want if I were their daughter. They guided me and made recommendations, and I had doors open because they were so generous with their time.”

Ms. Bass was one of the original members of TEWN, an organization that started 35 years ago when Tyler didn’t have many female executives. The group helps women network with other professional women because mentorship provides these benefits:

  • Female mentors can relate – Each woman has unique hurdles to overcome. Sometimes men have difficulty understanding a woman’s thought processes and outside responsibilities. A woman mentor is more likely to have been through similar situations before.

 

  • Mentees benefit from the mentor’s experience – When women interact with other women who are further along in their career, they have someone who can help set goals, give specific advice and make introductions to other related professionals.

 

  • Mentors offer outside perspective – Sometimes it’s hard to see one’s own strengths and weaknesses. A mentor can see potential pitfalls while they are still in the distance and nurture strengths the mentee may not realize she has.

 

  • The relationship offers mutual benefits – While the focus is often on the mentor providing support, encouragement and advice and the mentee growing personally and professionally, it’s more than that. Both parties learn through sharing thoughts, ideas and professional challenges. Both gain career discernment or lifelong friendship, often both.

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

What is Playing Big?

The theme of this year’s reception is “Playing Big.” When asked what that meant, Barbara Bass said the event’s theme is based on the book by Tara Mohr.

“Playing big is about getting over your fears, about not holding yourself back,” said Ms. Bass. She said throughout her lifetime she has noticed when presented with an opportunity, women tend to think they’re not qualified enough, that they need more skills, or that someone else is more deserving of the role.

She says playing big is about, “What we do to face the fears, most of which are unfounded, to look at ourselves and get beyond the inner voices we hear that are giving us false information.”

For example, when a woman sees a job posting for which she has all of the qualifications, she might not apply because she assumes someone else is already more capable. She doesn’t give herself a chance at success because she is afraid of failure.

The book by Tara Mohr counsels women to identify the inner voices that whisper they’re not qualified and dissect that message. She suggests looking at what might be the worst case scenario. In the above example, it would be not getting the job. She encourages women to face their fear, set their goal, look at what they need to do to achieve it, and then go for it.

Tyler Executive Women’s Network Connects Mentors

When women gather at events like the TEWN reception, they share their stories and encourage each other to play big. “When I was mayor and was at events all the time,” Ms. Bass shared, “I started seeing a lot of professional women who are our future. I saw them go through the same angst of trying to figure out how to deal with family and work. What I realized is that the more experienced businesswomen were not telling their stories.” TEWN provides them with the opportunity to do just that.

The organization has monthly lunch meetings and once monthly Serendipity after work. Women don’t have to be a TEWN member to attend the May 17 reception.

Brelsford Personnel Supports Women

Brelsford Personnel has always focused on finding the best career fit for each individual looking for a job in East Texas. Driedra Brelsford is past TEWN president and has served on the board of directors because she is committed to helping women find professional success. She encourages women to attend the reception May 17 at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway. Find more information or register to attend here.

Missy Ticer is a content writer and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Sources:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=m7yks7zab&oeidk=a07ef7lmkjl8150ae0c

https://www.careersingovernment.com/tools/gov-talk/career-advice/on-the-job/women-workplace-benefits-mentorship/

https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Big-Practical-Wisdom-Create/dp/1592409601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524833140&sr=8-1&keywords=playing+big

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Job interviews are stressful. The more you want the position, the more pressure you’re going to feel. Practicing helps settle your nerves, identifies your areas of weakness and helps you be your best when you sit down with a potential employer. Find a job in Tyler when you follow these tips.

Enlist Help

Ask a friend or family member to act as your interviewer. Your spouse or best friend might have trouble remaining objective, so select someone else if possible. If you’re a student, your advisor or career services department might give you an unbiased view.

Set up a time for your practice interview so you can test drive your answers to common interview questions. A mock interview will help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety and help improve your confidence.

Choose someone you can trust to be honest with you. Give them the job posting and any information you’ve gathered about the company. Let them know ahead of time you want their constructive feedback and that their contribution might be the difference between landing your dream job and making mistakes that cost you the position.

Ask them to evaluate not just what you say, but your body language. Do you make eye contact? Do you fidget? Are your answers thorough without being too long? What could you do to more clearly showcase what you’re capable of? When they give you that feedback, really listen.

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Make It As Real As Possible

You may know exactly where your new blouse or your best blazer is hanging in your closet, but that’s not enough. You don’t want to find out your shoe has a broken buckle five minutes before you have to leave for your interview. Get dressed like you’re actually meeting with your interviewer to avoid any surprises and the stress that goes with them.

Print or gather any resources you’ll take to the actual meeting. Refer to them when you practice as you would at your real interview to re-familiarize yourself with their contents.

Start the interview like you will in real life, with a handshake and a greeting. It feels strange to begin that way with someone you already know, but the first few seconds of your real interview can be stressful. It’s easier if you’ve walked through it before.

Practice Common Questions

Some interview questions are common in any industry. Spend some time preparing to answer questions like, “What can you tell me about yourself?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Other questions are industry specific.

Create a list of common interview questions for your industry and give that list to your friend or family member. Even if they aren’t the exact questions your interviewer asks, you’ll gain experience answering similar ones.

Be specific in your answers. Employers don’t just want to hear you’re good at your job, they want to know specific situations where you’ve handled difficult personality types, overcome challenges or developed new solutions that increased profit.

For more on writing your resume, dressing for interview success and communicating effectively, see our resources page. Start looking for your next job when you check our online East Texas job listings today.

Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Sources:

https://www.thebalance.com/job-interview-practice-how-to-rehearse-for-an-interview-2062803

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-do-a-practice-interview-thatll-actually-help-you

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/Practice-Makes-Perfect

Oil and Gas Industry News from the 2018 Energy Summit

Oil and Gas Industry News from the 2018 Energy Summit

A large number of East Texas jobs are tied to the oil and gas industry, and the last few years have been rocky. Oil prices fell to extreme lows at the end of 2015 and since then have continued to fluctuate. The 2018 Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Summit is April 5, and Gates Brelsford is the TACC Energy Committee Chairman. Here’s what you can expect at the Energy Summit and in the year ahead.

What’s Happened Since the Last Summit

Last March in a KLTV interview Mr. Brelsford said prices were under $50 a barrel, but he and other experts predicted a climb. That prediction was correct.

Demand grew steadily. OPEC and other major suppliers agreed to trim production to support prices. The new U.S. administration lowered regulations and the situation with the Department of Energy became more favorable.

Currently crude oil is over $60 a barrel and natural gas ranges between $2.50 and $3.00 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). This year’s energy summit will focus on what that means for Texas and the rest of the world.

The 2018 Energy Summit

The theme for the eighth annual event is “The Texas Energy Industry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” More than 300 attendants join together to hear from the following speakers:

  • Bernard L. Weinstein – Dr. Weinstein is currently Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and Adjunct Professor of Business Economics at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. He is the author of multiple books and articles on energy, public policy, taxes and the economy.

 

  • Ruben S. Martin – Mr. Martin is President and CEO of Martin Midstream Partners, a publicly traded limited partnership with operations throughout the Gulf Coast region. He brings to the event his in-depth knowledge of best industry strategies and his diversified understanding of operations.

 

  • Christi Craddick – Texans elected this Midland native to serve as Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2012. Since then Craddick has prioritized the fight against policies that stifle growth. She advocates educating the public on how the oil and gas industry impacts Texas and for responsible environmental policies.

 

  • Ernie Cagle – Mr. Cagle is Executive Vice President of Delek US, Inc. He is also President of the company’s refineries here in Tyler and in other Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana locations. He has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and has contributed to refining technical support around the world.

 

  • Brent Jasper – Mr. Jasper is President of Jasper Ventures, Inc. The company umbrellas Veritas Gas Processing, Vulcan Field Construction, Vanguard Processing Solutions and Viking Dew Point Conditioning. Brent’s father Jon Jasper created the company more than 25 years ago, and the family continues to make a difference in East Texas and the world.

 

  • Michael Thomas – VME started as a small fabrication company in Tyler, and under Thomas’ leadership it has become a multi-national organization with offices in the United States, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Thomas says over the years VME has been intentional about hiring the best people they could find, prioritizing honesty and integrity.

What About Jobs?

Oil is a commodity, so it has its ups and downs. Over the last year there has been increasing price stability and greater consumer confidence. Gates Brelsford says that confidence has a significant impact on hiring.

In the first three months of 2018, East Texas has experienced a marked uptick in hiring from energy companies. Much of this is due to global forecasts. The International Energy Agency in Paris predicts over the next three years, United States production will cover 80 percent of the world’s increased demand.

That growth and stability creates confidence. When organizations look into the future and see the potential for steady growth, they feel good about hiring more staff.

The speakers at the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas have a lot of positive things to talk about. They have reasons to be excited, and here at Brelsford Personnel we share in their excitement.

Check out our online job postings, including positions in the oil and gas industry, or contact us for an appointment today.

Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Online Security at Your New Job

Online Security at Your New Job

When you start a new job, there’s a lot to learn. You’re meeting new people and adapting to a whole new workplace culture. You’re probably training on new computer software and trying to quickly learn your duties and responsibilities. You want to prove your value to your new employer and make sure your position is secure. One important way to do so is by safeguarding their computer systems and data. Follow these rules to protect yourself and your employer from cyber-attacks.

Be Careful With Email

A large number of attacks businesses and individuals face come through email. Cyber-attackers are devious, savvy and high-tech. They want to trick you into releasing malware into your employer’s system, and they’re good at it.

  • Never click on links in emails – Whether the email comes from your bank, your utility company or the software service you use every day, go directly to their website and log in from there. If it’s really a notification from them, it will be on their website.

 

  • Don’t open attachments – Retailers and software companies don’t send information that way without first letting you know it’s coming. Even if it comes from your mother, if it looks suspicious, don’t open it.

 

  • Guard personal information – social engineering is a process attackers use to trick you into trusting them and providing passwords or other trusted information.

Other Practical Tips

Email is the main way employees let cyber attackers in, but there are other ways you could compromise online security. When you’re new, you may have separate login/password combinations for several programs. Don’t write them on a post-it note and stick it to your monitor. Create a Google doc that contains them or store them on your password protected phone.

If you’re setting your own login information, don’t use common words or phrases. Your co-workers know your birthday, your anniversary and your pet’s name. Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Make at least one of the letters a capital.

Watch website URLs when you visit. The URL is what you type in the web browser. Cyber criminals sometimes use a variation that is very close to the real thing. You may not notice if you’re clicking on www.bankofamrica.com because it’s so similar to the real thing.

Keep from compromising your employer’s security when you take devices home. Password protect your laptop or other mobile device so even if it’s lost or stolen, the data stays safe. If something happens, tell your employer immediately. It’s better to alert them of a potential security risk than to allow data to fall into the wrong hands.

Online Security at Your New Job

Regularly Update Security Features

It’s annoying when that message pops up that says your anti-virus or software needs an update, but get in the habit of doing it right away. Developers continually create security patches for software as attackers find new vulnerabilities to exploit.

Anti-virus software protects your computer by detecting and removing viruses before they can cause damage. If you don’t update, it’s like not getting a flu shot every year. You may have been protected last year, but this year there’s a new strain.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides ongoing updates about online security issues as they develop. See a list of security vulnerabilities by week on their site to stay in the loop.

Brelsford Personnel has 35 years of experience placing qualified candidates in jobs they love. Experience our fresh approach when you check out our job board today.

*Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attack

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attack

Recently both KETK and KLTV reported on a Michigan audit that should concern employers everywhere. Auditors planned a covert cyber-attack to discover their vulnerability, and the results were stunning. They sent a fake phishing email to 5,000 employees and almost one third of them opened it. A fourth clicked on the link that, had it been real, could have downloaded malware. One fifth put in access or other personal information. No matter what the size of your business, cyber security should be a top priority.

One problem employers have is you can’t always control what your employees are doing online. Attempts were successful not because an insider had malicious intent, but because people just got in a hurry. Distribute these tips as a reminder for long-term employees and an onboarding tool for new hires.

Know Your Vulnerabilities

Here are the most common types of cyber threats:

  • Phishing – Cyber attackers send fake email to try and fool recipients into providing information. It may look like it came from Bank of America or Tyler Water Utilities. It may have the appropriate logo and the same font that business uses. Recipients click on the link provided and the site prompts them to enter their passwords, account numbers or other personal information.

 

  • Malware – This type of program looks like it came from a trusted source. It prompts users to install fake antivirus software or download an update and often instructs them to click past security warnings from their antivirus or browser. Viruses, Trojans and spyware are all forms of malware. Some lurk on your computer and record keystrokes; others hide in the background and store credit card numbers. Imagine the damage if malware goes undetected while it steals your clients’ financial information.

 

  • Ransomware – This is a type of malware that takes over your computer, network or server and denies access to your data until you have paid a fee. Cybercriminals charge Bitcoin to remove encryption, and the price can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. It’s typically delivered as part of a phishing scam or as an email attachment. The files can’t be encrypted without the key provided by the attacker, so if you don’t have a recent backup you either have to pay up or lose your data.

 

  • Botnets – It sounds like sci-fi, but Botnets are networks of infected computers under an attacker’s control. The infected computer functions normally, but works to corrupt as many devices as possible.

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attack

Communicate With Staff

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your data, but it requires an ongoing effort. Your employees are busy doing their jobs, so they aren’t always thinking about cyber-security. Train them not to open unexpected attachments, and then remind them regularly. Set a reminder on your calendar to have a cyber-security refresher course.

Viruses often arrive in email that looks like it was sent from family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. The email might have genuinely come from that person without their knowledge.

Avoid files with the extension .exe, but all extensions can hide a virus. Unless the attachment is expected, call or text the sender to see if it’s legitimate.

Test Their Knowledge

Find out which employees are paying attention and who needs additional training by sending your own phishing attack. Show employees what just one click can do and, if they continue to repeat their mistakes, implement repercussions. Test them once a month using one of these phishing simulators.

Safeguard Passwords

Remind employees to keep their passwords in a safe place. A post-it note on their monitor is not a safe place. Security is about control, and the only way to absolutely control who uses your computer is to be the only one who can log in.

Regularly Update Your Anti-Virus

Cyber-attackers continually develop more sophisticated technology. They make money at it, and they’re very intelligent. Regularly updating your anti-virus software makes it equipped to handle threats as they evolve.

Brelsford Personnel stays consistently up to date on the challenges faced by East Texas employers. When candidates work with us to find a job, we make resources available like our Employee Cyber Security Handbook. Contact us to find out more.

*Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

8 Characteristics Great Managers Look for in College Grads

8 Characteristics Great Managers Look for in College Grads

Michael Klazema

[Courtesy of Glassdoor.com]

Are college students ready for the challenges of the modern workplace? Many employers say no. A recent survey revealed that only about 50% of managers felt recent graduates were prepared for full-time work. By contrast, 87% of college grads felt they were ready to enter the workforce. These drastically different numbers show that there is a gulf between the expectations of employers and recent graduates. This discrepancy poses challenges for recent grads seeking jobs and for businesses that wish to hire young workers.
No matter which group you fall into, knowing the characteristics that successful managers look for from recent college graduates is beneficial. If you are a hiring manager, keeping an eye on these characteristics can help you identify the cream of the crop. If you are fresh out of college and trying to land your first job, boning up on these hard and soft skills can give you an advantage.

Here are eight characteristics that managers want to see from recent college graduates.

1. Strong writing skills

When PayScale surveyed nearly 64,000 managers for its 2016 survey, 44% of them said recent college graduates lacked proficiency in writing. No other hard skill was mentioned more often. While programming and other tech-related skills are often listed as the most valuable skills a person can have, writing is viewed as a more universal skill. Between emails, proposals, reports, project documents, and memos, even people in non-writing roles need to be able to write. College grads should add a few more writing classes to their schedules if they want to prepare for full-time work. Many managers look at cover letters more to assess writing skills than to learn additional details about a candidate.

2. Public speaking abilities

Written communication skills may be what managers are missing the most in recent college graduates, but verbal communication skills remain important. Just like writing manifests itself in many different fields, public speaking is essential for presentations, meetings with clients and customers, and other professional tasks. These responsibilities are not exclusive to any one industry, making them an important part of every recent grad’s repertoire.

3. Team mentality

Back in school, teachers would occasionally pair students with people they didn’t like much, or at least didn’t ordinarily work with. The justification was, “Someday, you aren’t going to get to choose your co-workers.” Our teachers were right. You don’t get to choose who you work with, and you need to be ready to collaborate with anyone. Most professionals learn this lesson after a few years in the workforce. Managers hiring recent grads are looking for the interpersonal skills and good attitude that indicate a team player. While every company’s culture is different, most are grounded in team values. Recent graduates should expect reference checks and interview questions about teamwork.

4. A high GPA

The further you get out of school, the less your college GPA matters. For recent graduates without a ton of work experience, though, the GPA may be a point of interest during the hiring process. According to USA Today College, 43% of companies have a formal GPA threshold for the people they hire. For most companies, the threshold is a 3.0 GPA. Occasionally, an employer might demand a 3.5. Either way, graduates should know that hiring managers are looking at their GPAs. Furthermore, many managers are using verification background checks to verify college degrees, attendance dates, and GPAs.

5. Relevant work experience

Businesses committed to hiring recent college graduates aren’t expecting to see candidates with ten years of experience. It’s because of the relative lack of work experience that employers pay attention to things like GPA for younger candidates. With that said, no hiring manager is going to ignore work experience altogether. When it comes to screening recent grads, companies are looking for part-time jobs, summer gigs, and relevant internship experience. These resume entries show initiative, commitment, and an ability to hold down a job—all things every manager wants to see in any hire.

6. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

The PayScale survey identified writing as the hard skill that most managers found lacking in recent college grads. For soft skills, critical thinking and problem solving were the problem areas. 60% of managers surveyed said their younger hires lacked these skills. They want to know the people they are hiring know how to identify problems and challenges and solve them. An interview question to gauge this skill area might be something along the lines of, “Tell me about a time you faced a major challenge and how you overcame it.” Answers that indicate innovation, proactivity, or the resilience to rise above failure and adversity are what managers want to hear. No new college grad should go into an interview without a possible answer ready.

7. Attention to detail

Often, hiring managers have the impression that younger, greener professionals don’t have great attention to detail. This snap judgment is typically made in response to resumes, cover letters, and other communications that managers share with candidates in the lead-up to or immediately following an interview. According to the PayScale survey, 56% of managers said recent grads were lacking attention to detail, probably thanks largely to typos, misspellings, missing attachments, or poor grammar. Some of these issues can be chalked up to writing skills. But new graduates also need to be conscious of the fact that every move they make is being recorded and judged. Submitting a resume or cover letter with one or two typos might seem like a small thing, but it can lead to a bad first impression.

8. Leadership experience

“Recent college graduate with extensive leadership skills” may seem like an oxymoron. Someone who doesn’t have a lot of work experience probably hasn’t been promoted to a managerial or executive role. Still, first-time job searchers can prove leadership skills in other ways. Club president or team captain roles might seem superfluous in the professional realm, but they can add another dimension to a sparse resume.

It’s possible that hiring managers expect more from just-out-of-college applicants than they once did. It’s also possible that many graduates simply aren’t as prepared for jobs as they think they are. Either way, the eight characteristics listed above form a rubric for the ideal recent college grad applicant. Whether you are a hiring manager considering younger candidates or a recent graduate looking for your first job, use these characteristics as a roadmap to make your life easier.

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