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10 things employers want you to learn in college : the know-how you need to succeed
Coplin, William D.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, [2003]

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xi, 259 pages ; 23 cm
The ten know-how groups (plus extra credit): Establishing a work ethic; Kick yourself in the butt; Be honest; Manage your time; Manage your money; Developing physical skills; Stay well; Look good; Type 35 wpm error free; Take legible notes; Communicating verbally; Converse one-on-one; Present to groups; Use visual displays; Communicating in writing; Write well; Edit and proof; Use word-processing tools; Send information electronically; Working directly with people; Build good relationships; Work in teams; Teach others; Influencing people; Manage efficiently; Sell successfully; Politick wisely; Lead effectively; Gathering information; Use library holdings; Use commercial databases; Search the Web; Conduct interviews; Use surveys; Keep and use records; Using quantitative tools; Use numbers; Use graphs and tables; Use spreadsheet programs; Asking and answering the right questions; Detect BS; Pay attention to detail; Apply knowledge; Evaluate actions and policies; Solving problems; Identify problems; Develop solutions; Launch solutions; Earning extra credit for your know-how score; Gain software expertise beyond Microsoft Word and Excel; Master in-depth knowledge of any field; Accent foreign language skills; Emphasize artistic and music knowledge and/or skill; Stress sports skills; Pursue pleasure activities; Boosting your know-how score: Making KHS-friendly college, program and course choices; Choose a college; Choose a program; Select courses; Find connections; Creating your own apprenticeships; Explore apprentice-based education; Build your base; Land good summer jobs and internships; Make the most of your experiences; Exploring off-campus semesters; Build your KHS off campus; Weigh overseas experiences versus experiences in the United States and Canada; Earn credit for course work; Consider the negatives; Find programs; Doing well by doing good during your college years; Build your KHS by volunteering; Value volunteer activities, employers do; Explore careers; Cultivate integrity; Thinking beyond college; consider the graduate education alternative; Explore the profitable alternative; Value the do-good alternative; Build your postgraduate KHS; Planning your success: Using your KHS to explore professional fields; Identify your professional interests; Begin the self-reflection process; Scan the professions; Look at specific fields in-depth to find skills; Apply what you have found to your KHS; Building your skills agenda; Spend time on task; Plan for a high KHS; Develop a model KHS learning plan; Moving toward a perfect KHS resume, cover letter, and interview; Select the skills you want to emphasize; Present each of the ten know-how groups; Use extra credit; Capitalize on what you've learned.
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You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing the textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate.Award-winning college professor and student adviser Bill Coplin has been developing skill-based liberal arts curricula for more than 30 years, and has helped thousands of students get great jobs. Here, he lays down the essential skills you need to survive and succeed in today's job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, human resource specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches you how to develop real-world know-how in ten crucial skill groups: Work Ethic Physical Performance Speaking Writing Teamwork Influencing People Research Number Crunching Critical Thinking Problem Solving Mastering these 10 THINGS, you'll earn not only your degree but also the skills you need to impress employers and land your dream job right after college. Reviews"Coplin's theories are brilliant and dead on. I can't remember the last time someone asked me my GPA or major, but I use parts of these ten skill groups every day in my job at Disney." --Jim Gallagher, Senior Vice-President of Creative Advertising, The Walt Disney Company"Clear, concise, and complete. The ultimate playbook for college students." --Pierre Mornell, author, HIRING SMARTClick for an excerpt featured on Newsweek's website.

Author Notes

BILL COPLIN is the director and a professor of the public affairs program at Syracuse University. He is the author of numerous books on politics and public policy, and is also the author of How You Can Help.