Every employer knows: for every open position, there are hundreds of applicants who could do the job from a technical perspective. But in the 21st Century workforce, that isn’t good enough.
What counts now is the soft skills the recruiter believes you bring to the job – as well as your ability to develop and implement further skills while working. But what skills are most in demand? And how does a young professional develop these skills?
More companies are engaging interns as an economical resource to increase bandwidth, inject youthful enthusiasm and as a way to “give back” to the community. However, it seems many employers – at least in the eyes of the intern – don’t make the cut in regard to providing a rewarding internship experience; the intern leaves unfulfilled. In today’s “everybody knows everyone” world of social media, this often comes back to haunt these employers. As our friends at Intern Bridge state, 94% of interns will vocalize their experiences through friends and social networking. So, it may be worth a little time
More than 80 percent of jobs are filled by referral because employers are more likely to hire you if you have someone who can vouch for you.
In a recent CareerBliss poll asking whether attending networking events is important, 95 percent of the more than 1,800 respondents chose “yes, it’s all about who you know.”
Here are 10 sites that will help you find nearby networking events: