March 27, 2013 by Steven Rothberg
With college seniors around the nation returning to their respective campuses following spring break recess, many will undoubtedly turn their attention to their impending graduation and the search for their first post-collegiate job. A new analysis of the entry-level job market estimates that while the job market continues to strengthen for college graduates, the environment remains highly competitive, which may force some to pursue unexpected career paths.
In its annual college graduate job-market outlook, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. says this year’s crop of 1.8 million bachelor’s degree recipients will be able to take advantage of the 36 consecutive months of private-sector employment growth that has occurred since the jobs recovery began in earnest in March 2010.
“Job creation has been slow, but it has been steady. Over the past 14 months, private payrolls have grown by an average of 190,000 new workers per month. There are a growing number of opportunities for job seekers, but the search definitely requires an aggressive approach. This is especially true for new graduates, who are likely to have less real-world experience to point to in job interviews,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Continue Reading
March 19, 2013 by Steven Rothberg
Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads just released their Annual Sources of Hire (SOH) Study, which is one of the most referenced and authoritative snapshots of how large, highly-competitive, high-profile firms define and measure the talent supply chain.
The SOH report is a glimpse of where employees – actual hires – were found. This data is important to organizations as they look to find and hire new employees. It is equally important to job candidates as they seek the most effective channels to a new job.
Interesting findings from this year’s study include: Continue Reading
January 07, 2013 by William Frierson
After attending numerous military job fairs as part of my work, I have witnessed firsthand countless job seeker mistakes that are easily avoidable. The list below was compiled in order to provide useful advice to assist transitioning military service members with marketing themselves more successfully and to help them overcome some common challenges.
December 10, 2012 by William Frierson
While networking is not all there is to a job search, it can lead to potential opportunities. In the following post, learn about some different ways to network and how to put together a strategy for this process.
Your job search is not doomed, but without networking you are doomed to suffer a longer more difficult one.
Although networking is important, it is only one piece in a multiple-channel job search marketing strategy. You help yourself best by working all your channels. Some other channels are:
November 26, 2012 by William Frierson
Career fairs give college students opportunities to make contact with employers who are looking to hire the best and brightest individuals. However, you don’t want to show up to a career fair without a plan. I believe the following post will better prepare you for this invaluable experience.
It’s that time of year– the college career fair circuit is in full effect. One of the goals of the Viacom College Relations team is to spread awareness about our internship program. In the fall, we travel to a variety of college campuses every week to find talented students (like you).
It’s always rewarding to meet students in person, hear about their passions, and tell them about the great opportunities they have ahead of them. Some of the young people we meet really blow us away, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. It’s easy to make a great impression if you follow a few rules. This is why I feel it’s important to outline the do’s and don’ts of career fairs.
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September 18, 2012 by William Frierson
If you are in college or you’ve recently graduated, chances are that you have or will have the opportunity to attend a career fair. Of course, most job search methods include looking through positions in ads, networking, using social media, etc. In this sense, the career fair is a little bit old-fashioned. But it’s a great way to land a job. I know, because I used to host career fairs in my previous job, and we almost always ended up hiring students or recent graduates from career fairs rather than students who just submitted their applications. Here are a few tips for making the most out of career fairs. Continue Reading
August 13, 2012 by Steven Rothberg
We kicked around a few ideas as to how I could best help the many, many people who are hunting for a new internship, entry-level job, or other career opportunity and we decided that I should record a short video in which I answer some of the most commonly asked questions about how to be use a job board. Kevin did a nice job of editing to drop in the questions before each of my answers.
June 04, 2012 by Steven Rothberg
Last week I had the good fortune to fly over to Leeds, England to keynote their annual Graduate Employment Conference. CEO of Graduates Yorkshire and Gradcore Martin Edmondson asked me to deliver a presentation about the U.S. job market for college and university students and recent graduates. Many of the issues we’re facing are similar to those they’re facing. They’re experiencing some of them before we do and we’re experiencing some before they do.
One issue that I knew was important but didn’t realize just how important it would be to them was the high cost of attending just about any type of post-secondary school. The cost of attending a higher education institution is far higher in the U.S. than it is in almost any other country and FAR higher than it is to attend an equivalent school in the United Kingdom. But their recent implementation of austerity measures threatens to put their schools on a similar path to that which our schools have long been on. Without exception, every attendee and organizer with whom I spoke greatly appreciated my urging that they do not follow our lead as we are making higher education impossible for many and soon, I fear, for most. As bad as that would have been decades ago, it is even worse moving forward as we cannot and should not hope to compete against other nations to see which can manufacture goods at the lowest possible cost. Unless we want our citizenry to again have third world standards of living, we need to ensure they have first world standards of work. And that means that we need a workforce which uses the muscles between their ears more than the muscles on their backs. Continue Reading
March 15, 2012 by William Frierson
If you are a tech savvy job seeker or employer, you might benefit from participating in a virtual career fair. Job seekers can learn about employment opportunities, while employers can find the candidates they need.
Virtual career fairs are similar to career fairs but take place on your computer. You can meet with recruiters, conduct interviews, and watch live speeches online.
According to ON24, the global leader in webcasting and virtual event solutions, one of the fastest growing applications for virtual event technologies is the virtual career fair. The total number of virtual job fairs produced on the ON24 platform doubled in 2011 over 2010 totals. In addition, the virtual job fairs attracted the largest audiences. Continue Reading
December 27, 2011 by William Frierson
If you are a college freshman, time is on your side. How, you may ask. Well for one, hopefully the job market will be better in four years. And for another, you have 4 years to do all of the things you really need to do to set yourself apart from your classmates and the millions of other people that are competing for jobs. I know some college grads that are working in liquor stores or as cashiers in clothing stores. I don’t think this is where you want to work when you graduate (not that there is anything wrong with that). You need to position yourself now to be in the best bargaining position 3 and 4 years from now. Now is your chance to get ahead of the game rather than wishing you had been more diligent. So where to start? Take a read. Continue Reading