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The Skills Employers Wish College Grads Had

Fox Business A survey by York College of Pennsylvania's Center for Professional Excellence shows that many college faculty members do not think upperclassmen show a level of professionalism expected in today’s working world.

 The Rising Demand for Tattoo Removal

The Center for Professional Excellence at York College is mentioned in an article published by the Chinese Financial Times.

 The Office Life

Harrisburg Magazine Matthew Randall, Executive Director of the Center for Professional Excellence at York College, talks about the negatives and positives of office life.

 How to Help Millennials Fill the Soft Skills Gap

Whether fresh out of school or equipped with work experience, Millennials offer an amazing array of hard skills in thousands of fields, from biomedical engineering to telemarketing.

Managers to Millennials: Job Interview No Time to Text

About half of HR executives say most recent grads are not professional their first year on the job, up from 40% of executives who had that view in 2012, according to a recent survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania. 

Keeping Their Art to Themselves 

Sixty-one percent of human-resource managers asked last year in an annual survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania said a tattoo would hurt a job applicant’s chances, up from 57 percent in 2011. 

Professionalism at Work: The Kids Are Not Alright

Wall Street Journal That’s the bleak assessment derived from new research by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, which offers an annual survey of whether employees are up to the job.

 How to (appropriately) Handle Dissent in the Workplace

USA Today College Additionally, your time to communicate dissent is not unlimited, and most bosses will appreciate a timely, face-to-face conversation, said the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania in York, Pa. 

Do Recent College Grads Abuse Technology? HR Pros Think So

Nextgov That’s the assessment of a new report by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, which conducts an annual survey of human resources professionals to gauge employers’ experiences with recent college graduates. 

In Survey, Professors See a Lack of Professionalism Among Students

Chronicle of Higher Education The survey was conducted by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, which over the past four years has conducted an annual study of employers' views of the professionalism of recent college graduates in the workplace.

College Faculty Feel Students Lack Professionalism

A new survey by York College of Pennsylvania's Center for Professional Excellence shows that many college faculty members do not think upperclassmen display professionalism. 

Pressure builds for schools to help grads get jobs

Students, parents demanding pricey universities do more to help grads in a tough job market.

College "charm schools" fill gap

More than a third of managers think their youngest hires act less professionally than their predecessors, according to a national survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College in Pennsylvania.

How College Grads Flub Interviews, Fail On The Job

A recent article from Aol Jobs highlights major findings from the 2012 Professionalism in the Workplace Study, citing some of the key problems that human resource professionals and employees supervisors found among new hires and younger workers.

How to Graduate From College and Go Precisely Nowhere

In covering the job market for recent college graduates, U.S. News & World Report highlights research conducted by the Center for Professional Excellence.

Professionalism Needs to Make a Comeback

Heather Long, editor for The Patriot News, pens a timely editorial about the professionalism gap in today's  younger workforce, quoting the recent findings from the 2012 Professionalism in the Workplace Study, conducted by theCenter for Professional Excellence. 

6 Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Although the economy seems to be showing signs of improvement, there are still more applicants for every job opening than there are available positions. In this op-ed, Matthew Randall shares six interview mistakes that can instantly kill the possibility of receiving a job offer.  

 ‎Welcome to the work world - 5 tips for graduating college seniors 

In a recent op-ed, Dr. David Polk, Professor and a member of the Center for Professional Excellence's Advisory Board - shares timely advice to job-seeking students on securing meaningful employment after graduation.

  Bush's former press secretary talks professionalism

‎More than 600 students, faculty, alumni and community members gathered at a special Center for Professional Excellence seminar to hear former White House press secretary Dana Perino.   

Professionalism in the Workplace

Competent. Respectful. Acts with integrity.  These are words used to describe professionals in the workplace.  But is professionalism the same today as it was 25 years ago? During this edition of WITF's Radio Smart Talk, Matthew Randall and Dr. David Polk join the program to discuss the 2012 Professionalism in the Workplace Survey results.

Getting results: 10 strategies for job-search success

Individuals looking for employment should actively manage “three different personas: an online profile that includes LinkedIn and Facebook; a written persona that includes the cover letter and résumé; and an in-person persona” comments Matthew Randall, executive director of the Center for Professional Excellence.

10 commandments of dressing for work

Human resource experts provide relevant guidance on appropriate workplace attire, based upon a  recent study by York College’s Center for Professional Excellence which finds that "appearance" is one of the primary qualities that is most often associated with being a professional in today’s work environment.

Even in a downturn, work can be rewarding

David Polk – professor of behavioral sciences at York College of Pennsylvania and the principal researcher of the CPE’s annual Professionalism in the Workplace Survey − shares his thoughts on why respect is a key factor that can have “long-term effects, keeping employees satisfied and motivated over time".

 Are new grads ‘unprofessional?’

The Orange County Register (a southern California newspaper) quotes key statistics from the 2010 Professionalism in the Workplace Survey, noting that over 500 human resource professionals and business leaders from the nationwide survey revealed that there are five primary professional traits that make up 60% of their hiring decisions.

The 5 Secrets to Getting a Job After Graduation

In a recent op-ed, Dr. George W. Waldner - President of York College of Pennsylvania and a member of the Center for Professional Excellence's Advisory Board - shares timely advice to job-seeking students on securing meaningful employment after graduation.

Colleges, HR Experts Wonder: Is Technology Eroding Professionalism?

A feature story by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) quotes David Polk, professor of behavioral sciences at York College of Pennsylvania, and Matthew Randall, executive director of the Center for Professional Excellence, on which technology habits of recent college graduates that most often drive hiring managers crazy.

Study: College Grads Unprepared For Workplace

A prominent reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) visits a recent Center for Professional Excellence seminar to experience how York College of Pennsylvania leverages its professionalism research to help students develop the necessary qualities and characteristics that are needed to enter today’s workforce.

Generation Gap at the Office?

Matthew Randall, executive director of the Center for Professional Excellence, and David Polk, professor of behavioral sciences at York College of Pennsylvania sit down with Fox News in New York City to discuss what their recent professionalism research reveals about the hurdles facing Generation Y as they graduate college and enter the workforce.

The Importance of Digital Appearance

The Center for Professional Excellence comments on how professionals can refine their workplace correspondence and job applications and offers a few tips on workplace digital etiquette.