Why a Degree Isn’t Enough to Guarantee You a Job: Employers Want More
I have worked in career services in Higher Education for about three years now. I have also had the opportunity to work with many college graduates through my professional resume writing and career coaching service, CareerSkyRocket LLC. There is a common misconception amongst many college graduates that a college degree guarantees a job, this issue comes up very often in my dealings with them. Yes employers value education, and having a college degree does make you more marketable. However, employers are also looking for a few other things as well.

1. Practical Experience – I get many job leads while at my day job as a Director of Career Services for a local college in Michigan. Nearly all the employers indicate they want someone with experience and the relevant education needed for the position. I had the mindset that all I needed was a degree to be successful. I worked hard to get really good grades but never focused on getting practical experience via internships, volunteering, part-time summer work in a related field, leadership experience, or involvement in student organizations. No one told me that I needed hands on experience; I assumed all I needed was a degree. I have worked with people who have graduate degrees without any practical experience as well. These people are under the impression that since they have a graduate degree they are guaranteed a job and a great salary, but they find it very hard to find work and often have to take entry-level jobs to gain experience.

2. Great Fit For Their Organization – Often times when interviewing employers are looking for candidates who will be a great fit for their organization and culture. You really can’t determine how well a person will perform on a job based on an interview, or simply because they have a degree. Some people are great interviewers but don’t perform well on their jobs. You have to show that you are a good fit for the organization as well.

Darius Harris is the owner of Career SkyRocket LLC a professional resume writing and career coaching service. Visit his website at for more details about services. Feel free to contact him at 248.636.5303 or at for assistance in your job search.