February 27, 2014
Enthusiasm is the name of the game when it comes to college students and recent graduates getting a job. At least that was the resounding answer when employers were asked what they look for in potential hires at the Career Fair held on Wednesday.
Other top characteristics they look for include professionalism, a willingness to work hard, and a sense of responsibility. They want someone who is willing and able to grow and learn within the company.
When asked what they look for in a potential employees and volunteers, a spokeswoman from the United Way said, “Enthusiasm is all we’re looking for. Someone who is willing to help us and is willing to help others.”
It seems as though LHU students aren’t lacking in what employers are searching for.
“Lock Haven students have a willingness and enthusiasm more so than our other volunteers. I think that’s something that comes with age,” the spokeswoman said.
Many students seem to understand what these potential employers are looking for. When asked what they think are the key features of an employee, many said enthusiasm, a professional look and a resume are the most important things. Other popular answers were experience, a positive attitude and a good first impression.
Jordan Liberman, a senior sports administration major, spoke about an internship he had gotten from the career fair.
“They told me it was my enthusiasm, passion, and work ethic that set me apart and got me my internship,” he said.
A representative for Camp Saginaw spoke about the advantages college students have in applying for jobs over other applicants. She said they are well rounded and have learned how to live and work with others in close quarters, which makes it easier to work with others in a professional situation.
She spoke about how they have a passion for their career and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. That is what they, along with many other companies, look for in potential employees.