If you want a job straight out of college, don’t knock on Kirk McDonald’s door.
McDonald, the president of a tech company in New York City, wrote a brutally honest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You.” He believes most college graduates don’t have the one skill that’s in high demand: computer programming.
During your first few years in the real world, what else should you take time to learn? Here are 25 things every professional should know by age 25:
25. “Definitely” is not spelled “definately.”
24. You should read an entire apartment lease before you sign it.
23. An Excel PivotTable will change your life.
22. A cover letter should add color and personality to your resume—not summarize it.
21. Everyone likes to receive praise, but the smartest young adults actively seek constructive criticism.