Scripps TV Interview – How Grads Can Land the Job released a survey of 18-26 year-olds on the job search. “Respondents overall are optimistic about finding their next full-time job, with more than half (59%) expecting it to take less than 1-2 months,”. Scripps TV asked Beth Hendler-Grunt, President of Next Great Step, to comment on how a grad can have a successful job search. She addresses:
What can a grad do right now to find a job?
• Take an inventory of your skills. What are you most competent in? Pick 3 core skills
• Network – be curious, ask people what they do, how they got there – tell them what skills you have and what you are looking for.
• Targeted networking (instead of apply online) – Make a list of the top 10 companies and top 10 people you want to work with/for and seek out people to speak with at those companies.
• Smart about what’s happening in your industry -info interviews/ follow the news/media
• Tool kit – Resume/LinkedIn/Elevator pitch

How can a parent help their grads?
Parent perspective – want them off the payroll – how to give advice without causing tension – they don’t always listen
• Help them understand their skills that you see in them –
• Make introductions – at the right time – with the right preparation
• People hire people – explain to your kids that applying online may seem easy but you can make a stronger impact with direct connection/conversation

2m grads are coming out of college – how can you stand out?
• Think about how you can add value – make them more money or achieve goals but utilizing your skills

Learn more at www.nextgreatstep.comNext Great Step – We Bridge the Gap from College to the Real World. Our sole focus is to help college students and recent graduates achieve career success when they graduate. Over 1.8m students graduate each May and but many are underemployed. A majority of students feel unprepared to get a job after graduation and only 1/3 will graduate with the skills they need to succeed in the marketplace. They are confused, overwhelmed and feel pressured to have a career figured out before graduation.

More importantly, parents are worried about their college graduate living at home and not achieving financial independence. Even when parents provide contacts and access to opportunities, many students still struggle. Recent grads want to find real work but often are not taught how to do it effectively.

That’s where we come in. We provide a simple, step by step approach launching students into a successful career. Learn more at

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