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Why College Students With Green Belts Are More Hireable - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Today’s economy makes job hunting more competitive than ever. Every year, roughly 3.8 million college students graduate and begin applying for jobs. Will you stand out from the crowd and get hired?

The average job posting gets 250 applicants. Out of that pool, about 5 will get interviewed and only 1 will get hired (Glassdoor.com). That means for every job application you submit, you’ll have a 0.4% chance of getting hired.

It’s tough out there!

Although people with college degrees have lower unemployment rates and higher earning potential than those without college degrees, one of every 20 college graduates is unemployed.

Green Belts Get a Clear Advantage

Since managers see hundreds of resumes, they spend very little time on each one. 39% will spend less than a minute looking at your resume and 19% will spend less than 30 seconds (Careerbuilder, 2018).

Why College Students With Green Belts Are More Hireable - GoLeanSixSigma.com

Setting yourself apart by becoming a lighthouse in a sea of job applicants is the key to capturing a manager’s interest and landing a job interview.

Here are a few ways to make your resume command attention and make yourself memorable:

  • Create a personal cover letter: According to Careerbuilder.com, 49% of managers say a cover letter is the second-best aspect of boosting your resume. Take it a step further and ensure it reflects you personally by adding a professional photo, clean colors and easy-to-read fonts.
  • Make it Lean: Make it easy for managers to find what they’re looking for by eliminating text that isn’t relevant to the job position, using headers to separate sections and adding adequate line spacing to give your resume (and the manager) room to breathe.
  • Proofread it 5 times: 77% of managers don’t give a second look to resumes with typos or poor grammar (Careerbuilder). Proofread it yourself a few times and ask others to check it for you as well. Be sure to buy them a cup of coffee in exchange! ☕
  • Be honest: 75% of managers have busted people for lying on their resume (Careerbuilder). If you list a degree, skill, certification or project accomplishment, be sure you can back it up by answering detailed questions or providing documentation.
  • Include quantifiable project results: 34% of managers like seeing quantifiable results on resumes (Careerbuilder). Completing a Lean Six Sigma project is a great way to get quantifiable results.
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Creating a stellar resume is only the beginning. To get hired, you should also be able to back up your credentials and impress the manager in a face-to-face interview.

Creating a stellar resume is only the beginning. To get hired, you should also be able to back up your credentials and impress the manager in a face-to-face interview.

A surefire way to make this happen is to get your Green Belt Certification and complete a process improvement project.

Completing a process improvement project will give you quantifiable results to showcase on your resume and the ability to speak in detail about your accomplishments and problem-solving skills. Here are some examples of projects.

The demand for problem-solving skills is increasing. Today, over 2,000 higher education institutions and over 3,000 organizations offer our Yellow Belt, Green Belt, Black Belt and Lean Training & Certifications—with ever increasing numbers signing up each year.

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“Within the last 2 years we have seen a significant increase in the interest and participation within our Lean Six Sigma programs. Graduates leave our practice-based program equipped with the skills needed to apply LSS tools to any process in any industry. According to many of our graduates, this differentiating factor has set them apart from the competition when entering the workforce.”

Angela Miller, Program Manager
UC San Diego Extension (GoLeanSixSigma.com Partner)
Course Format: Online Workshops in Fall, Winter and Summer

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“The business world is changing rapidly, which drives the need for process improvement initiatives. An increasing number of professionals understand the impact they can make at their organization as a Lean practitioner, so they pursue Lean Six Sigma training. We’ve seen a substantial growth in enrollments through our academic partners, especially those located in high-density regions like Southern California.”

Cengage Learning
(GoLeanSixSigma.com Partner)

Green Belts Are Future-Proof

According to the Pew Research Center, 54% of those employed said it was essential for them to get training and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes happening at their workplaces.

Technology is rapidly changing the way we work and live—so the technical skills required by today’s jobs are changing daily.

50% of college graduates are not using the skills they learned in college on the job. This is why 86% are learning new skills post-college. They’re shifting their perspectives and beginning to understand that they must always be improving their skills by…

That’s just a start to ensuing they’ll always be valuable and in-demand. This may seem frustrating for new graduates, but the good news is that if you’re a lifelong learner, it’s easy to future-proof yourself against being underskilled and unemployed.

According to the Pew Research Center, 54% of those employed said it was essential for them to get training and develop new skills in order to keep up with changes happening at their workplaces.

Green Belts Have Greater Demand

Organizations will always have problems to solve, which means the demand for people with problem-solving skills will never go away.

In fact, problem-solving is the most highly-sought-after skill leading companies like Google and Twitter look for in a new hire.

LinkedIn’s Workforce Report says that the top skills employers are looking for include analytical reasoning and people management—both skills that Lean Six Sigma certifications provide.

To increase your competitive advantage even further, build your collaborative problem-solving skills.

Lean Six Sigma’s framework, DMAIC, is based on a collaborative problem-solving approach:

  • Solving problems by working together across teams
  • Breaking down silos
  • Improving processes that result in faster, higher quality outcomes

“Collaborative problem solving is an essential skill in the workforce and the community because many of the problems faced in the modern world require teams to integrate group achievements with team members’ idiosyncratic knowledge,” researchers explain.

LinkedIn’s Workforce Report says that the top skills employers are looking for include analytical reasoning and people management—both skills that Lean Six Sigma certifications provide.

Being a Go-Getter Gives You a Boost

A college degree is a great start, but in order to find a job that’s a good fit for you and ensure a higher-potential career for yourself, you’ll need to go the extra mile and set yourself apart from the crowd.

Getting a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from GoLeanSixSigma.com will help give you the credentials and skills you need to attract the attention of managers, demonstrate your value to them and get you hired.

Why GoLeanSixSigma.com? We’re the only provider with…

  • Courses that enable you to improve processes and deliver results right away
  • 6,000+ reviews with an average ~5-star rating
  • A 98% recommendation rating on Indeed.com
  • 203,000+ learners around the world
  • Courses offered at 2,000+ higher education institutions
  • Courses that offer CPEs and PDUs

I started a new job at a Construction Company right after getting my Yellow Belt Certification from GoLeanSixSigma.com and was able to begin using the tools. I used Lean to identify waste, create a visual job board and increased my team’s productivity by 30% – I was also given a pay raise just two months after starting my job.

GoLeanSixSigma.com’s courses have put our teams on the right continuous improvement path. I had a lot of fun working on my project and their templates made the process so much easier and enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to upcoming projects.

Ken Sheriff - GoLeanSixSigma.com

I really liked that we were asked to immediately apply concepts we learned to our daily lives. The real world application helped me to understand how I can use what I learned in the future.

All Lean Six Sigma Certifications Are Not Created Equally

At GoLeanSixSigma.com, our goal is to help you build your problem-solving muscles so that you can improve workplaces, communities and the world.

We’re passionate about helping our learners deliver results, so you can be confident that people who’ve achieved our certifications have the problem-solving skills to deliver improvement results.

Here are 50 facts you should know Green Belt Training.

Want to Increase Your Hireability?

On Indeed.com, the largest job website in the world, there are 63,000 jobs related to Lean Six Sigma. The average annual salary for these jobs is over $95,806.

 
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At GoLeanSixSigma.com, our goal is to help you build your problem-solving muscles so that you can improve workplaces, communities and the world. Here are some of our learners’ success stories.

Karlo Tanjuakio

Karlo is the CEO at GoLeanSixSigma.com. He ensures you and your organization have all the support you need for an exceptional experience both learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma to help you achieve your goals.
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