| March 27, 2014

Good Grades in College aren’t enough to Land a Job

If you want to find a job after college, you better have work experience.

Making the Honor Roll isn’t enough for many companies looking for new graduates to join their workforce, especially in the hyper-competitive fields of finance and accounting. That’s the news from more than 2,100 CFOs in a recent survey by staffing firm Accountemps.

An overwhelming 83 percent said it’s important for students to gain work experience in the field during their college years if they hope to compete for entry-level accounting and finance positions upon graduation. But that also rings true for many other fields.

Accountemps chairman Max Messmer says, “While good grades used to be enough to land your first job, professional work experience has become increasingly critical for entry-level applicants in a competitive hiring environment.”

Messmer offers these tips for college students looking to gain an edge:

  1. Seek internships. In addition to connecting with your college’s career center, research employers of interest and tap mentors and professors for internship leads.
  2. Think beyond the dollar signs. While paid internships are appealing, don’t let money drive your search.
  3. Volunteer. Many organizations, from nonprofits to industry associations, need helping hands.
  4. Explore temporary assignments. These enable you to gain real-world experience, get your foot in the door and demonstrate your potential.
  5. Take opportunities seriously. Don’t view yourself as “just an intern,” “volunteer” or “temp.” Treat each opportunity like a real job by adopting the mindset of a full-time employee
  6. Stay in touch. After an internship or temporary assignment wraps up, be sure to write thank-you notes to anyone who helped or mentored you.

Consolidated Credit’s President Gary Herman has a tip of his own…

Be humble. Don’t let your stellar GPA and academic achievements go to your head. I’ve interviewed hundreds of college grads with great grades and that’s nice, but I want someone with humility – and someone who is prepared to get their hands dirty and has taken the initiative to gain work experience. “

If you’re a recent college grad having trouble finding a job and paying off student loan debt, don’t hesitate to contact Consolidated Credit today to speak with a certified credit counselor. Or get started online with a request for a Free Debt Analysis.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

All Consolidated Credit counselors are certified personal financial counselors (CFC) We've helped 5 million people get out of debt! Call us today and see what we can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling are a set of guidelines for quality homeownership and counseling services. Industry professionals who adopt these standards can be trusted to provide consistent, high quality advice.
Click here to learn more.

Consolidated Credit Consulting Services, Inc. has been verified as the owner or operator of the Web site located at www.consolidatedcredit.org. Official records confirm Consolidated Credit Consulting Services, Inc. as a valid business. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is a Certified ISO 9001 company, as verified through Bureau Veritas Certification.

Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

View the Consolidatedcredit.org review status

Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

View the Consolidatedcredit.org review status

Consolidated Credit is proud to be an ANAB accredited member. Accreditation by a recognized and respected body such as ANAB ensures the impartiality and competence of our company. To see what we can do for you, give us a call.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Consolidated Credit is proud to be a member of HUD and also part of the Hope Now Alliance.

You can save!

With this amount of debt, you'd pay around $xx.xx on a DMP.

FREE Debt Consultation