College Grads CAN Land the Job of Their Dreams
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College Grads Can Land the

Job of Their Dreams

Score a Hire With Expert’s

Insider Secrets


You may have aced Intermediate

Accounting, but you didn’t count on getting lost on the way to your first big

job interview. So you arrived late and flustered, chugged a restorative cup of

coffee in the reception area, and then offered your interviewer a sweaty



Those simple mistakes may have cost

you the job, according to Patricia D. Sadar, a 20-year veteran of Human

Resources Management and author of Congratulations…You Aced the Interview

and Congratulations…You’re


for recent college graduates.


“Students and parents alike spend

their valuable time and hard-earned money to get into the right school and earn

their college degree,” said Sadar, an adjunct professor at Florida International

University.  “It seems as though

they forget the big picture – landing the job.”


That’s an even greater challenge in

today’s market, which can be especially hard to crack for young workers. Sixty

percent of recent college graduates do not have full-time jobs in their fields

of study, according to a spring CNN Money report citing the

job-placement firm Adecco Group.


Sadar’s CliffNotes-style books

answer burning questions, break through myths, and point students towards the

career fast lane! All books are written to be read in an hour and put to use



Each book offers a checklist of

strategies and a road map to travel the simplest, fastest, and most direct route

for students to land the job of their dreams.   Some tips include:


  • Tailor your resumé to the job:

    Recruiters often

    simply scan resumés, so be sure the experience and skills being sought are

    easy to spot, and the same information is repeated in your cover letter.

    Include a professional summary, competencies, strengths and accomplishments

    all focused on the position for which you’re applying.

  • Prepare for the interview – what

    you do before, during and after counts:
    Know how to get there and allow

    extra time so you don’t arrive late. Don’t use strong cologne or tobacco

    products, and don’t drink coffee beforehand, all of which can be smelly

    turn-offs. Do pop a breath mint – not chewing gum, which has no place in an

    interview. If your palms are sweaty, wipe your hand discreetly before giving a

    firm handshake. Follow up with a thank-you note to the interviewer within 24


  • Be truthful when asked about

    People often avoid these questions

    or answer by presenting what they consider to be a strength as a weakness,

    such as “I’m a workaholic” or “I’m a perfectionist.” The interviewer wants to

    know if you can recognize your weaknesses and how you’re working on them, or

    whether you can admit mistakes and learn from them. Be prepared to honestly

    discuss one weakness and one past mistake.

  • Ask questions, but not about

    salary, benefits, sick or vacation time:
    Go prepared to ask three to five

    questions about the company, the department or the position. You might ask the

    interviewer to describe the ideal candidate for the job, what he or she most

    enjoys about working for the company, or what the company’s biggest challenges

    will be in the coming year.

  • Remember, mealtime interviews are

    not about the food:
    Order a conservatively priced meal

    that doesn’t have a strong smell and that you can eat without making a mess.

    Don’t order an alcoholic beverage, even if your interviewer does, and mind

    your table manners.
  • Be courteous to everyone you meet,

    from the parking lot to the restroom:
    Don’t underestimate the importance

    of parking attendants, receptionists and security guards, who often have

    influence with decision-makers. The person in the elevator or at the lavatory

    could be the CEO or a potential future boss.


About Patricia D.



Patricia D. Sadar is CEO of

People2Strategy, a strategic Human Resources consulting firm, an adjunct

professor at Florida International, faculty member at University of Phoenix,

speaker, career coach, and author. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, she holds bachelor’s and

master’s degrees in Business


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