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College Graduate Job Market Outlook

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The College Graduate Job Outlook

If you're a college senior or a recent graduate who is still seeking employment, don't panic! Surveys report that hiring is up from last year, with many employers plan on hiring more employees than in the past. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual Job Outlook 2013 survey reports that companies plan on hiring 12% percent more Class of 2014 college graduates than they hired from the Class of 2013.

Mike Profita, Skidmore College's former Director of Career Services, says, "Employers will be continue to be selective which means they are likely to hire graduates with more experience, higher levels of motivation, and a focused interest in their industry."

 

Start Your Job Search Now
If you're a college senior or recent graduate, it's a good time to be job searching. Do start your job search early. Don't wait until the semester is almost over. Employers are in the process of hiring now, and you don't want to miss out on good opportunities by waiting.

Get Job Search Help
There are many resources available to help college students and graduates with a job search. From your college career services office, to alumni who have volunteered to help, to college job sites that provide job search tips specifically for students and alumni, there a variety of resources available to help with a college job search.

Be Flexible and Focused
Broaden the number of fields you are considering and apply for plenty of positions but research fields thoroughly so you can present a compelling rationale for your interest to employers.

Use Your Network
Does your college or university have a career network of alumni willing to help students and other alumni? If so, use it. You'll find alumni available to help you with your job search by providing information and sharing their insight and expertise on their career field and industry.

Visit the College Job Sites
Incorporate the entry level job sites, including sites which list jobs for college students and alumni, as well as jobs for other entry-level candidates into your job search.

Consider an Internship or Short-Term Work Experience
Not ready for a "real" job yet? A lot of college students aren't. There are a variety of options available for college students, which require less of a commitment than a full-time job, including internships, short-term work experiences, or volunteering.

The Top Jobs and Where to Find Them
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the health care, biosciences and technology industries will create the most new jobs this year. Customer service and sales associates are also in demand. Other career fields on the list of top jobs include education, retail and hospitality.

 

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