"You know, taking an internship when a full-time position isn't available may be a new graduate's best bet to gain hands-on learning experience in the workplace. Also, trying something part-time. Looking for temporary positions is a great way to get that experience, as well as get your foot in the door. You know, and make the most of your current job, so even if your job isn't in your field or industry of choice, look for creative ways to enhance your skills."
Job candidates should be flexible, proactive and creative, bolstering their resumes with internships, volunteer work and community activities. Job seekers have to be able to distinguish themselves from other candidates, and Olson says a positive attitude is one good way.
"They must be able to contribute immediately in today's employment market, so they must remain polished. Remain positive. This is definitely easier said than done, but employers want to work with people who are enthusiastic and remain poised, perform well under pressure and have that positive attitude. So that would kind of be my final little bit of advice for them."
The national survey was developed by Accountemps based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs.
Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.