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Posted November 05, 2015 by

2015 employment market for recent grads and students

This webinar, 2015 employment market for recent grads and students, addresses the various job markets which impact today’s college and university students and recent graduates, how students and grads find employment, their frustrations, and some ideas for how employers, career services, and other stakeholders can improve the current system.

Today’s webinar features College Recruiter’s President and Founder, Steven Rothberg. The webinar is moderated by former National Account Manager for College Recruiter, Andrea McEwen-Henderson.

Key takeaways:

There is no such thing as the job market for students and recent graduates. There are as many different markets as there are majors, schools, geographic areas, diversity characteristics, and other factors.

The job markets have improved dramatically since the Great Recession, but only a small percentage of recent graduates are employed within their chosen fields within six months of graduation.

The perception amongst many is that almost all graduates find their jobs through their career services offices, but the data shows quite the opposite.

Basic needs such as compensation and job security rank at the top of factors considered by students and recent graduates when evaluating job opportunities, yet few employers disclose compensation, and even fewer provide job security.

There are many ways employers, career services, and other stakeholders can improve the current system.

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Questions:

  1. I recently read that Ernst & Young is no longer recruiting at college campuses and now doesn’t care about the majors and GPA’s of the students it is interviewing. Is that true?

Ernst & Young is still interviewing on college campuses, but based on research done in the United Kingdom, the company has followed the data and is not going to limit interviews to students from certain majors and with certain GPA’s. This is great news for liberal arts majors and for students whose GPA’s fall just below the old GPA cut-off.

  1. Most employers do not have the resources to wine­-and­-dine career services, professors, and college administrators and to spend days on-campus interviewing potential interns. What are some options available to them?

If it’s June or July, set up an appointment with the career services director and diligently follow her directions. Employers often look for shortcuts in college recruiting, but there are none. It is a strategic process. You have to invest properly. If you’re running behind, use a niche job board like College Recruiter, or host an unconventional recruiting event and invite candidates via social media.

  1. There’s a debate within our company about whether we should ramp up our efforts to hire military veterans or continue to focus on hiring students and recent graduates. Which do you think is a better way to recruit future leaders?

Military and college recruiting efforts are not mutually exclusive, but there are some aspects that do not overlap. For example, many military servicemen and women have gone on to earn college degrees. This is a sweet spot for recruiters, and corporate recruiting efforts can often find candidates who meet both criteria.

  1. My campus used to have 5,000 students, but we’ve grown to 15,000 over the past 10 years. I’m still the only paid staff person in the career service office, although I do have a few students who work part-time. How do I get the budget to hire people so we can actually have time to provide career counseling services to the students?

Growth is wonderful, but lack of budget is a huge challenge to overcome. Make the business case for an increase in budget by looking at the impact you have on alumni giving. If you provide employment opportunities, and your alumni prosper, you should request more funds. Career services should align themselves closely with alumni and development offices.

  1. I keep hearing from politicians that a college education is a waste of money. Is it?

Absolutely not. The unemployment rate for college graduates is two to three times below average. The same politicians who claim that college is unnecessary are relying on their own college degrees to argue these points. We’re in the information age, and if we can’t properly educate our youth, we will be left behind.

 

Steven Rothberg is the president and founder of College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships. Steven founded the company in 1991 as a publisher of campus maps and employment magazines. Steven grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, moved south to Minneapolis for the weather, is married to the CEO of College Recruiter, and has three young kids and the world’s most mellow dog.

 

Posted March 28, 2015 by

College Recruiting Bootcamp: How to Hire Diverse STEM Students and Grads

Verizon headquarters in Basking Ridge, NJIs your organization struggling with its efforts to recruit and retain diverse, college and university recent graduates and students for your science, technology, engineering, and math roles? Almost every organization struggles to recruit and retain these highly sought after STEM candidates yet many of these same organizations are seeing real success in a number of areas.

Join your fellow university relations, talent acquisition, and other human resource leaders from corporate, non-profit, and government organizations the afternoon of Monday, May 18th at the headquarters of Verizon for a highly interactive, collegial, and informative moderator-led discussion on the best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse STEM candidates from colleges and universities. (more…)

Posted March 09, 2015 by

Soldier for Life: Connecting Employers to Veterans

On December 8, 2014, human resource leaders from federal, state, and local government agencies came together at the offices of the U.S. General Services Administration for a day of intense learning about how your agency can more efficiently and effectively recruit recent college grads and students.

The College Recruiting Bootcamp event was organized by College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships.

In this video, Colonel Adam Rocke, Director of the Soldier for Life Program for the U.S. Army, delivers his presentation on, “Soldier for Life: Connecting Employers to Veterans.” To download the PowerPoint for the presentation, click here.

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Posted March 09, 2015 by

The Intersection Between Military and College Recruiting

On December 8, 2014, human resource leaders from federal, state, and local government agencies came together at the offices of the U.S. General Services Administration for a day of intense learning about how your agency can more efficiently and effectively recruit recent college grads and students.

The College Recruiting Bootcamp event was organized by College Recruiter, the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates searching for entry-level jobs and students hunting for internships.

In this video, Curt Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers his presentation on, “The Intersection Between Military and College Recruiting: Why Government Agencies Should Hire Military Veterans Who Are Attending or Recently Graduated From College or University.”

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Posted December 10, 2014 by

Vets Can Make a Difference in Your Recruiting

Soldier salutes on white background

Soldier salutes on white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Did you know that 99% of the companies that have hired military veterans want to hire more?

There are many good reasons for hiring vets:

  • Vets are typically better educated than their civilian counterparts
  • Vets are eligible for free relocation
  • Vets represent an elite subset of the market (only 24% of 18-24 years olds can join)
  • Vets are trained to be goal-directed and detail-oriented

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Posted November 15, 2014 by

Why and How Government Agencies Should Hire College Educated, Military Veterans

Colonel Adam Rocke

Colonel Adam Rocke

At niche job board College Recruiter, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of military veterans being hired by federal, state, and local government agencies.

There are some legal reasons for that, including Executive Order 13518, but a significant number of agencies have learned that hiring veterans is right thing to do for the veterans, the right thing to do for our country, and also the right thing to do for their agencies as veterans — including those with a college education — make for some of the most productive employees. (more…)

Posted November 21, 2013 by

5 Challenges Veterans Encounter in Finding Entry Level Jobs

Having recently celebrated Veterans Day, we think about the things that our troops go through during their service.  However, what about when they return home, such as trying to find entry level jobs?  The following post shares five challenges veterans encounter in their job search(es).

Even when a veteran is ready in body and soul to search for that post-military job, he or she may encounter immediate rejection. Hiring managers generally possess rigid mind sets when it comes to filling their open positions, demanding equally rigid skill sets, no matter who is applying to them. How, then, do

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Posted December 24, 2012 by

Securing Government Employment – Part 2: How Do I Apply to Federal Jobs?

CollegeRecruiter.comHow do military veterans apply for jobs in the federal government?  The following post helps them understand the application process.

Once you’ve found a government job you’re interested in (see Part 1: How Do I Find Government Jobs?), you need to understand the federal job announcements to be sure you are qualified for the job and to successfully apply for the position.

Link:

Securing Government Employment – Part 2: How Do I Apply to Federal Jobs?

Posted December 24, 2012 by

Securing Government Employment – Part 1: How Do I Find Government Jobs?

CollegeRecruiter.comHow can military veterans find jobs in the federal government?  The following post includes information and resources to get you started.

The government is the single largest employer in the United States, with more than 20 million employees. Working in the public sector can be a good choice if you are a transitioning military member, as you have first-hand experience with the culture and how the federal government operates.

Link:

Securing Government Employment – Part 1: How Do I Find Government Jobs?

Posted December 17, 2012 by

Bridging the Military to Civilian Hiring Gap

CollegeRecruiter.comThere are ways that both military job seekers and employers can appeal to one another when it comes to hiring.  The following post offers advice for each side to make a favorable impression on the other.

What can job seekers and employers do to bridge the gap between the military and civilian work worlds? A recent survey by Monster Insights called Veterans Talent Index shows that 70% of employers are hiring veterans because they are the best qualified candidates. Over 200,000 service members transition to the civilian workforce each year.

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Bridging the Military to Civilian Hiring Gap