Month: March 2014

Career Strides – Episode 2: A Look Into The Minds Of Hiring Managers

You hear it all the time, a university degree is pretty much a must these days in the workforce. But employers often complain that today’s graduates just aren’t cutting it.

So, this begs the question: What are they looking for in university students and recent graduates in the marketplace ?

In this 5-minute podcast, you will hear my conversation with Rosy Sethi, a Human Resource Manager of 7 years, who will take us into the minds of hiring managers.

Show Notes:

0:01 Introduction

0:24 The number of jobs available is expected to rise

0:45 Introduction to my guest, Rosy Sethi

0:58 What characteristics are hiring managers looking for in applicants?

1:33 Where is a good place for students to begin gaining experience?

2:05 Misconceptions students have about getting a job in their field

3:22 Is getting a Masters Degree beneficial?

3:49 Final tips

4:27 Leave a comment on the show blog. Do you agree? Do you have any additional tips?

4:38 Join me on April 4th for the final episode of Career Strides, where I’ll be talking to Maham Mahmood about her recent job search experience.

4:50 Thank You’s and Sign Out

Podcast theme music is “Absolutely Uplifting” by AudioJungle.
Image source: Google (5 Small Things That Make a Big Difference to Hiring Managers)

Graduate vacancies set to rise by 10.2%

Hiring college graduates and entry level positions

Hiring managers believe new college are unprepared for the workforce

What do employers really care about when hiring new grads?


Career Strides – Episode 1: The Unemployed Graduate

This is the first episode of a three part podcast series about what university students and recent graduates think they need to beat out the competition and secure a job after graduation.

In this 5-minute podcast, you will hear my conversation with Mehvish Mushtaq, a soon-to-be graduate from Ryerson University, who is finding it extremely difficult to get hired or even land an interview, despite having completed the “standard student checklist”.

Can you relate? If so, take a listen!

Show notes:

0:01 Welcome and introduction

0:27 The struggle university students and recent graduates are currently facing in the job market

0:57 Introduction to my guest, Mehvish Mushtaq

1:12 Interview with Mehvish Mushtaq

3:41 The gap between what university produces to what employers want is widening

4:08 Send comments to suezan dot makkar at gmail dot com or post them here on the show blog

4:24 Join me on March 28th for the second episode to this three part podcast series, where I will be talking to Rosy Sethi, a Human Resource Manager, about what employers are looking for in new grads in the marketplace

4:36 Thank You’s and Sign Out

Podcast theme music is “Absolutely Uplifting” by AudioJungle.

Students think they are prepare; hiring managers think not

The myth of the unemployed university graduate

Time to bust myths about youth unemployment: Kathleen Wynne

Why are so many of Canada’s young people out of work?

Why can’t today’s graduates get hired?

Podcast 1 Process

Completing the first episode of my podcast series was a bit difficult. I had a number of ideas of how I wanted to create the podcast, in order for it to be interesting and ear-grabbing. However, the more different I tried to make my podcast, the more messy it became – so, I followed the age old rule of K.I.S.S (keep it simple stupid).

Collecting research was the easiest part. Since the topic of unemployed graduates is a growing concern, there were many news articles online that I could use. I decided to include an interview in my first podcast versus reading off facts, because I felt that it would provide listeners with a truer perspective/outlook on the struggle that university students and recent graduates are currently facing in the job market. Thinking of questions, however, was probably the toughest part, since I only wanted to know one thing for this episode: what do students think they need to get hired? Therefore, taking from what I learnt from the first assignment, I went with the flow of the interviewee. To my surprise, this worked out perfectly and opened up to an array of questions and more discussion. Yet, I found that my interview sounded scripted but in reality my interviewee was very nervous and robotic (not in my control!).

In terms of music, I ended up purchasing a fairly cheap instrumental from I assumed it was better to play it on the safe side, before copyrighting or infringing on someone else’s intellectual property.

I taped both the interview and my individual monologues in a walk-in closet. I found when I did this for the previous assignment, it eliminated any echoing or fuzz from being recorded in the background. Being anal and somewhat of a perfectionist, I spent a total of 6 hours recording, in order to get the perfect take – crazy, I know! It was important to me that I was not only linguistically clear and loud, but also that I had personality in my voice.

Editing took no time at all! Audacity was easy to use and I learnt a few helpful tricks on how to use the software on Youtube. There were not many speech ticks that I had to cut out, only long pauses.

Overall, completing my first episode was a great experience; however, for the next two I will be sure to start way in advance.

Research Process

My 3 part podcast series will focus on why students cannot get hired or land an interview. At the end of each podcast, I will highlight the most important points made and back it up with research. Since I am still in the preliminary stages of my research, I have only used Wikipedia and the UTM library website to find news articles and interviews. To my surprise, I have discovered a number of useful articles while reading other articles that I would not have otherwise stumbled upon. In addition, I have also listened to podcasts on the CBC website that are similar to my topic.

List of Resources:
The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired 
Why Recent College Graduates Can’t Find Jobs
The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 20-Something Employees