“Employees who can demonstrate that they have even a rudimentary understanding of how to conduct business safely and securely in a digital environment will have a leg up on those who don’t. That means things like understanding how to create a secure password, recognize a phishing email or securely access a public Wi-Fi network,” according to Thibodeaux.
More real world experience than you think
For recent grads, it might feel frustrating when hiring managers expect you to have real-world experience right out of college. You might scroll through “entry level jobs” that require a year or two of experience -- but don’t let it get you down, it doesn’t always mean experience in a business setting. Rather, you can pull from any experience you might have to emphasize your background. “Consider what volunteer work, or extracurricular work that [you’ve] done to demonstrate that [you] have the skills to meaningfully contribute to a project that helps the company fulfill its business goals,” says Thibodeaux.
Any relevant projects you completed in school, even if it was for a class, can apply to your real world experience. The same goes for any summer jobs or internships -- but if you can’t apply those, try creating a digital portfolio to demonstrate your work, or even taking on a new project personally in your downtime to demonstrate your skills. Whatever you do, it will show a hiring manager that you’re invested in the career
“No matter how intelligent and educated a recent grad is, the one thing that usually sets him or her back is the lack of real-world experience. Beyond the resume, grads should aim to demonstrate their knowledge in the context of the real world. Having a great online portfolio, whether through a personal website or presence in an online tech community, will set candidates apart from the average graduate,” says Richardson.
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