Summer is officially underway, and that means job hunting season has started for fresh out of college graduates. Luckily, for these folks, Microsoft has created a package of resources, inspiration, and advice to help college graduates stand out with recruiters and hiring managers in today’s job market. All the materials are available at office.com/dreamjob, and come after Microsoft commissioned a survey of 1,000 18 to 25-year-olds and asked for their thoughts on the job search process.
Overall, a few highlights of the data from the survey show that,
- More than one fifth (22%) of those who interviewed over Skype dress professionally on the top and
casual on the bottom during their interviews – with 3% admitting they go pant-less altogether.
- 1 in 4 people surveyed think having a “plain resume” could hinder their job search.
- 43% of respondents are currently looking for a job or internship, but 45% of them aren’t confident.
Additionally, the survey also found that many new job seekers have high hopes of landing a job in hot markets like New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Of course, those surveyed also expressed the fact that they wanted meaningful work where they could express themselves creatively.
However, as art of the package of resources, Microsoft worked with career expert and inspiration power-house Maxie McCoy to put together tips for how to design a show-stopping resume and how to have an unforgettable Skype interview. The Redmond giant also worked with print on demand company MOO to create new cover letter and resume templates for Word 2013 and higher (seen above.) Lastly, and because online presence is becoming more and more important, Microsoft also created free eye-catching blog post, portfolio and resume templates online templates in the app, Sway.
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