Colorado Christian University provides students with an exemplary college education that will prepare you for the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral challenges you will face in the workforce. Regardless of your age, socioeconomic status, marital status or work experience, Christian college graduates are special in so many ways. Christian college graduates leave the Christian Community of CCU with much more than a diploma in hand. In tough economic times and a competitive work world, marketing yourself as having a Christian degree and being a Christian college graduate will help you rise to the top of the stack of resumes employers must sift through to find the right person for the job–no matter what the career field. With so few jobs and so many applicants, you must have that “wow” factor that sets you apart from the rest.
Put yourself in the place of an employer: you have hundreds of applications to sort through for one or two positions. What is going to grab your attention? What is going to make you want to put a face to that resume or cover letter? What is going to make you want to hear what an applicant has to say about what he can contribute to your company? Mediocrity is not going to get anyone’s attention. Simply meeting the job requirements will not get you the face-to-face interview. You have to have that “thing” that employers will get excited about; that “thing” that employers will say, “This guy or gal might be what we’re looking for.” And that’s where your Christian, faith-based education comes in. A degree from a Christian college speaks volumes about your character, your ethics, your values and your priorities, but these will mean nothing unless you market yourself as a Christian college graduate. It’s something to be proud of; it’s something you want a prospective employer to know and it’s something that will give you the edge over your fellow applicants. But how do you market yourself as a Christian degree holder? Let’s take a look at some ways you can show prospective employers that you are the best applicant for the job for which you’re applying.
Traits to Market as a Christian College Graduate
According to various studies, when employers are asked, “What is one of the main characteristics you look for in a prospective employee?” many answered, “interpersonal relationship skills.” One very successful businessman said that if a student has a 4.0 grade point average but can’t get along with people, his company doesn’t want that student. But that also does not mean the company wants a social butterfly who spends time off task chit-chatting with colleagues. As a Christian institution, we strive to hold students accountable in areas of respect, honor and dignity toward everyone. Our graduates are going to be able to work in a team and work well with others. CCU graduates will not play dirty to get the promotion or the corner office; they will work hard and collaborate with others to get the job done and to contribute to the company’s success. CCU job applicants will be selfless in the workplace and always put the team and company’s needs before their own. The smartest applicant is not always the best applicant, and many employers in this day and age are realizing that integrity matters more than intellect. That is not to say intelligence does not matter, but what good is an employee with a genius-level IQ with no ability to interact with others to a company who thrives on collaboration and team work?
Students from Christian colleges are typically well rounded and well prepared. They’ve studied across disciplines, they know how to work with people, they have a strong work ethic, and they conduct their lives (both professional and personal) in a manner that follows Jesus’ teachings. Many of the quality traits that employers are looking for align directly with the kind of quality traits found in graduates of colleges like CCU. Christian graduates are able to live out their faith through their education and realize the importance of living out their “calling” in the workforce. They are challenged to see their education and their future career as a response to God’s faithfulness and calling on their lives and not just a means to an end. Christian college students will typically not just show up for the paycheck and 401K.
Finally, students from Christian colleges have the same career options as all other students, but can also pursue opportunities in ministry leadership and careers that are faith based, which might not be open to students without a Christian college education. The opportunities for Christian college graduates are endless.
Would you like to learn more about the Christian Community of CCU and speak to an enrollment counselor. If, so please contact the CCU Admissions Office today to learn more about how a degree from a Christian college could put your resume on the top of the stack.