As a professional resume writer, I work alot with new graduates who have come to me after endless and failed attempts at trying to secure a position in their chosen profession/industry. It amazes me how many clients ask me to lie or falsify information on their resumes (which ofcourse I talk them out of). Generally, these individuals have been studying full-time and work part-time in an un-related industry to support themselves throughout their University studies.
Is it asking too much to expect graduates to have industry experience when they have spent the last 3-5 years in full-time study? I recently browsed through various job search engines for graduate positions in various industries and did find quite a few ads asking for a minimum of 1-2 years experience. Some graduates are lucky enough to obtain internships or even employment experience that is directly related to their studies, but what about the large percentage that aren't as fortunate? As a graduate myself (a long time ago now) I know first hand how it can feel to receive rejection after rejection.
So I ask...Are recruiters and companies expecting too much from graduates? Do Universities need to encourage students to seek employment or industry experience early in their studies and is there a need for companies to look at training and development programs for current students, to nurture and groom our future graduates?
The sad truth is graduates are getting pushed in a corner with more and more of them lying on their resume and at interview to secure a position....is that what recruiters and companies really want?
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