Students: Stressed Out About Job Seeking? Pub Club Experts Let You In On Their Secrets – Tip #1

 

The Publicity Club’s board of directors has received questions weighing on the minds of today’s communications students. Members of our board have provided you with answers – off the cuff, honest and useful information to help today’s college students prepare for their careers. Have more questions? Send them to info@pubclub.org and we’ll get you the answers.

Today’s question: What are some skills you value in candidates for a position?

Here’s what our panel had to say:

  • Organization, excitement, ability to learn quickly, multi-tasking, and (most importantly) to not be afraid to ask questions!
  • Positivity and willingness to learn is probably the top one. It’s very difficult to bring in someone who comes in with a “know it all” attitude, especially at an entry level. If I even catch a whiff of entitlement during an interview. I usually will not move forward. It’s important to start a job being humble and open to learning new things, and new ways of doing things, despite any past experience.
  • Knowing that all work is important, and you should not act as though you’re above doing anything. Staying positive and open will give you more opportunities for growth.
  • Good writing, solid communication, strategic thinking, and good work ethic.
  • Eagerness to learn and an aptitude for thinking critically and adapting on the fly. Those who are not afraid to ask the “dumb question” are really valuable to me as it shows they will push to really grasp and understand a topic.
  • Adaptability – someone who can easily “roll with the punches” without needing a ton of oversight.
  • I love an inquisitive mind that isn’t afraid to ask questions. Every organization is different, as is every team and client. In the interview, ask to learn more about the work or the organization itself (but make sure you do your homework first so your questions are thoughtful).
  • Organization is absolutely one of the top qualities I look for, and a good way to show that in an interview if through talking through projects managed in the past, and explaining how you kept them on track. Setting up spreadsheets, keeping inventory, scheduling weekly calls… this all shows us that you are able to manage your time and projects effectively. 

Thank you to board members from CerconeBrown, KoMarketing, Liberty Mutual, LPP, March Communications, PAN, and Text100 for addressing these questions. What other advice do you have on this topic? Tweet us your advice to @PubClubofNE #Tips.

Next up, we’ll answer a question about how to “show” organizational skills in a cover letter or resume. If you have advice to give, or more questions to ask, send it along to info@pubclub.org.