Preparing for the Real World:


Employers reported that the following activities qualify as pertinent work experience for recent college graduates to include on their resumes:

– Internships
– Part-time jobs in another area or field
– Volunteer work
– Involvement in school organizations
– Class work
– Involvement in managing activities for sororities and fraternities
– Participation in sports

When asked to identify the biggest mistakes recent college graduates make during the application and interview process, employers reported the following:

– Acting bored or cocky – 63 percent
– Not dressing appropriately – 61 percent
– Coming to the interview with no knowledge of the company – 58 percent
– Not turning off cell phones or electronic devices – 50 percent
– Not asking good questions during the interview – 49 percent
– Asking what the pay is before the company considered them for the job- 38 percent
– Spamming employers with the same resume and/or cover letter – 21 percent
– Failure to remove unprofessional photos/content on social networking pages – 19 percent
– Not sending a thank you note after the interview – 12 percent


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About Nathan and Joanna Cornett

We are a from San Diego California, currently on a mission trip in Guatemala. Nathan has worked as a youth pastor, teen center director, college advisor, and now missionary. Joanna has worked at LaBahn's Landscape for 7 years in the field, sales, and as the Vice President, she started the Hispanic ministry at Foothills Church, and has worked in youth ministry, she is now working as a missionary. We are both passionate about youth, worship, and missions.

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