Top 8 Reasons for Youth Unemployment

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Every year, millions of new graduates find it difficult to find work. The brightest of minds struggle to keep up with the fast-paced reality that employers are looking for job applicants with loads of advantage.

Here are the reasons why today’s youth are struggling to find employment despite the surge that the international global employment is experiencing:

1. Lack of advanced degrees

Employers are spotlighting experience even more in the past few years. Companies observed that degree holders or applicants with a PhD injected on their resume are more effective against new graduates who earned an undergraduate degree at some unaccredited university. Employers specifically give their recommendations to individuals who have spent more time studying and mastering their craft than with new graduates with only limited knowledge stored on their intellect spheres.

2. Poorly-written resume

Many of today’s new graduates are uninformed in methods on how to write a readable resume. Universities do not normally teach and imbibe students with lessons on how to author extraordinary curriculum vitae, and such academic discrepancies contribute to the problems among today’s young batch of applicants.

3. University reputation

Employers refuse to hire new graduates who graduated from some provincial university that lacks the reputation and new graduate-employment rates. New graduates are bothered with companies who are not willing to invest on raw talent and skills that originally sprouted at a weak university with low student passing rates.

4. Unwilling to undergo training and career coaching

New graduates want to start their career immediately. Most of them perceive that they can actually take on companies with their untested abilities and skills. Young applicants who are too brash about their academic capabilities fall short in finding employment.

5. Lack of confidence

Not everyone who graduated is a certified achiever. Half of the graduates who reached the pinnacle of academic success are introverts who lack the confidence to face interviewers or hiring managers. Incidentally, companies do not have time for individuals who have developed cases of social phobia.

6. Unrealistic salary and responsibility expectations

Enthusiasm projected by new graduates continuously bothers employers. Young applicants perceive that they are worthy of a $50,000 dollar pay check, which amounts to the total responsibility of a junior company executive.

7. Pro-activeness in other social activities

Employers run their prejudice that the youth are still unprepared for the realities of employment. Naturally, the youth are susceptible with activities that cater to their young, volatile age. These activities serve as distractions, which can ultimately and negatively affect their performance at work.

8. Blurred career vision

Last but not least, young applicants are given the attribute of being too impulsive when applying for jobs. New graduates assume of a position that they are not certain or confident they can take head on.

Jen Hamilton is part of a non-profit organization dedicated to providing relevant trainings to employees who have the potential to succeed.