Get an Early Start on Your Career Search

The Importance of Students Getting an Early Start on their Career Search

Today’s job market is extremely competitive. The longer you wait to look for a job, the less job opportunities come available to you upon graduation. Many college graduates wait until after graduation to start looking for employment thinking he or she can’t be considered for a job without a degree. This is actually not true. The earlier you start planning your job search the better your chances will be of landing a job right out of college.

One of the most important steps is to have a game plan for your job search. It is a process and can take several months to complete. If you have decided that this is the path you want to take right after you graduate from college, start your job search during your senior year. This will increase your chances of having a job right out of college.

If you are unsure of the types of jobs you should be looking for, take some time early on in your senior year to figure out the jobs you qualify for and narrow those down to ones you would be interested in. Utilizing your school’s career advisor to help you narrow down your career choices will help you on this path. Set up interviews with professionals in those career areas you are most interested in to discuss the ins and outs of the job or jobs you would qualify for.

Create a timeline and set deadlines for yourself during your senior year as far as when you will meet with your career advisor, professors, job fairs, recruitment agencies, and working professionals and start applying for jobs.
There are several decisions you must make if you want to enter the job market right after graduation. You need to think about the general geographical location where you want to live and work.

Ask yourself these questions:

Are you looking for jobs in your hometown and nearby cities or are you willing to relocate to find jobs elsewhere?

What kind of entry level positions are you looking for?

What type of company will you be targeting?

What industry are you trying to get involved with?

By asking yourself these questions you are helping yourself make those key decisions for your job search which will keep you on track. Keep an open mind to other opportunities that may come up that you are qualified for.

Take a look at your resume.

Does it look “empty?”

Does it have any job experience remotely close to what you are looking at applying for?

Is it missing that part-time job or internship in your chosen field?

Now is the time to do it. Getting as much work experience in your field either as a paid part-time job or an internship throughout your college career is extremely important. It shows you have a passion for the field and are truly interested in working in that field. Take a step up as a leader in extracurricular groups you’re involved in or seek out new extracurricular activities that fit the chosen field niches you are looking at getting into once you graduate.  You need to have some type of job-related experience on your resume when applying for jobs.

Once you have done these things, your senior year is the year to focus on networking with companies and business professionals in your chosen field. Talk to peers, professors, family, and friends about the career path you would like to take. Networking with people who are actively working in the same field will help you immensely when looking for new jobs. He or she can provide you with a lot of insight that will make your job search post-graduation much easier, more rewarding, and less painful.

How Employers Try to Find the Best and Brightest Students?

How Employers Try to Find the Best and Brightest Students?

Employers obviously want to hire the best and brightest students, but they quite often find themselves with the same type of employees they’ve always had. When companies hire the same type of people, no new innovation is being brought to the table. There’s no renewed energy or enthusiasm to achieve the company’s mission. Employers who are wondering how to attract the brightest minds to work for them may need to reconsider their recruiting and hiring methods. A few different changes can be made that will attract the type of person an employer want on his team.

Internships

Any new relationship goes through the “honeymoon phase,” when both parties are on their best behavior and they are feeling happy with the relationship. The beauty of the internship is that both employer and intern can get to know each other before an employment commitment is made. An intern situation gives both the intern and the employer a chance to move past the initial getting to know you period and find out what each is really about. Are the employer and intern a good fit for each other? Is the intern a good match for the company?  Companies want interns who bring new ideas to the table and who not only understand the company’s mission, but strive to take the company’s performance to the next level. Internship also saves the company time and money in recruitment, which is another bonus to this type of situation.  Interns are also better prepared to take on additional responsibilities if employment is offered. They can take on their new employed position with gusto since they understand what is needed and expected of them, and they’ve had time to get to know the company and come up with original ideas.

Job Requirements

The best and brightest students are looking for positions where not only the expectations and requirements are clear, but also the company’s mission is something the candidate can stand behind. Students today are looking for meaningful jobs, jobs that give them a sense of purpose as well as a paycheck. Companies looking to hire the best and brightest might consider revamping their job descriptions with new terminology and added verbiage about what the company stands for. The description should include all the essential functions of the job and be quite detailed, going so far as to use the same vocabulary that graduates today might use. The job description should also list the functions of the job, including the physical and mental capacities necessary to fill this position. The more detailed you are, the better candidate you will attract.

Recruiting is Key

If your company is relying on word of mouth recruiting, expect to hire the same type of people over and over, meaning you will get the same results that you always do. Word of mouth means that your employees are talking to people just like themselves. This is a bad way to recruit new blood. Companies want their job posting to reach out far and wide, and the age-old newspaper ad won’t cut it any more. Reach out to the best and brightest where they spend most of their time. Social media is where it’s at. Get your company’s message on Facebook and Twitter, to name a couple. Create blog posts or mobile applications to attract job seekers. Unique recruiting tools attract those students who can bring original, innovative material to your company.

Reinventing your job ad and casting a wide net for recruiting applicants, as well as taking advantage of internships, can bring the best and brightest to your company. These types of students are the ones who will keep your company prospering for a long time.

The Statistics of Student Employment

The Statistics of Student Employment after College Graduation

Many college graduates are coming out of school with a four year degree; many of the college graduates are struggling to find a job. Those who are fortunate enough to get a job after a college are taking jobs they are overqualified for. Meanwhile, their student debt is piling higher and higher with interest rates on the rise. The good thing is that a four-year degree is highly respected and much needed in the corporate world.

It has been reported by the Economic Policy Institute that approximately 8.5 percent of college graduates between the ages of 21 and 24 were unemployed. That figure is based on the average per month between April 2013 and March 2014. This gives a good indication of how the forecast will look although it is not completely accurate for the here and now. It gives us an idea of how the job market looks for post-graduate job seekers, which is not back to normal. The unemployment rate college grades age 25 and older is 3.3 percent, which is still higher than this population would like.

If you think these figures are disturbing, here is something that is more worrisome. The Economic Policy Institute found a total of 16.8 percent of new college graduates are considered underemployed. This means that they are working a part-time job at a minimum wage job because they can’t find a full-time job, are unemployed and actively looking for a job, or have been actively looking for a job for a year or more but have given up their search.
They other type of underemployment is where the college graduate is working in a job that they are overqualified for. College graduates are coming out with an exceptional education and high grade point averages and are working as fast food workers, retail associates, and even bicycle messengers just to pay off a debt for an education they aren’t even using.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, approximately 44 percent of graduates ranging from age 22 to 27 with a bachelor’s degree or higher were employed in a job that didn’t require any college education. Considering how distressed the job market has been this is good news however, even in the strongest of job markets, younger graduates will take more time finding a job that is in his or her chosen field rather than taking just any job.

On the flip side, recent bachelor’s level graduates who obtain employment after graduation are working in a position that doesn’t require a college degree. These graduates are making a lot less than money now than in the past. In the past, over half of college graduates were working in jobs that they were overqualified for and were still able to average $45,000 per year. Today, the number of young graduates working in these “good” jobs that don’t require a college degree have decreased to 40 percent. More than 20 percent of these individuals are making $25,000 per year or less.

Today’s young college graduations are looking at an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent and an underemployment rate of 16.8 percent. Almost half of those college graduates who are fortunate enough to find a job won’t find a job that requires a degree; those that are “stuck” working in one of these jobs won’t have the pleasure of having one of those “good” no-degree needed jobs.