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Posted June 19, 2014 by

Finding an Internship is Still Important for Your Career

If you don’t think that finding an internship is important for your career, learn why it is in the following post.

A Forbes article by J. Maureen Henderson argues internships aren’t worth the effort. Henderson explains the work performed during an internship doesn’t provide useful skills, are too expensive, and chances are they won’t even land you a job. Want to know why internships are worth it? Nearly 74 percent of employers prefer candidates with

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Posted May 27, 2014 by

7 Tips for Making Your Internship a Success

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

With roughly one-in-four employers recruiting entry-level workers from the pool of current and former interns, it is more important than ever for college and university students and recent graduates to perform well in these employment proving grounds.  Unfortunately, many of those embarking on summer internship programs in the coming days and weeks could fail to make a positive impression on their employers, according to one workplace authority.

“Thousands of young people will participate in paid and unpaid internships this summer.  While most will do a good job meeting the responsibilities laid out for them, many will not take the extra steps required to ensure that they stand out, thus increasing the chances of becoming a permanent employee down the road,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Internships are an essential stepping stone to full-time employment for entry-level job seekers.  In a recent survey of 100 human resources professionals by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 26 percent of respondents said that internships are the leading source from which entry-level candidates are recruited and hired. (more…)

Posted April 17, 2014 by

Average Starting Salary for College Grads is $45,327

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Petroleum Engineer photo courtesy of Shutterstock

It isn’t uncommon for many of our employer clients to grossly underestimate the going rate for recent graduates. Almost every employer wants to pay their employees fairly but few have the time or resources to accurately determine just what is fair.

Example? Last week an employer posted a job to our site for people who graduated within the past three years and who are interested in an entry-level sales position. That was fine except the compensation they were willing to pay was $30,000 per year. That’s $15,327 less than the average starting salary for a 2013 college graduate of $45,327. As you may have guessed, the response to their posting was less than overwhelming. We tried to explain the problem to the employer but the reaction was typical: a recent grad should be grateful for any employment opportunity and so the pay rate shouldn’t matter. Well, it does matter. (more…)

Posted April 16, 2014 by

Boom! 64% of Employers Plan to Hire Recent College Grads

Employers Planning to Hire GradsConditions are expected to improve for college graduates entering the job market this spring, as the economic recovery continues to gain momentum.  In fact, nearly two out of three employers surveyed by a leading employment consulting firm plan to hire from among this year’s crop of 1.8 million grads.

In the survey conducted among 100 human resources professionals in early April by global outplacement and coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., 64 percent of respondents said their companies plan to recruit from the pool of graduates entering the job market this spring.  Twelve percent of respondents said that while they have recruited college graduates in the past, there are no plans to do so this year.  About 10 percent said they never recruit college graduates, preferring candidates with “a few years” of work experience.

“This is the first year we have conducted this survey. So, while we do not have comparable data from previous years, the fact that a majority of respondents reported plans to hire college graduates is certainly a positive sign for this year’s pool of entry-level job seekers. This, combined with continued improvements in the overall economy, contributed to an optimistic outlook for this year’s graduates,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (more…)

Posted February 03, 2014 by

Take Your Internship and Turn It into an Entry Level Job

If you have enjoyed your internship and want to boost your chances of turning it into an entry level job, the following post includes an infographic with some helpful tips.

Internships are now essentially mandatory to get a real-world job. Employers want to hire candidates that come with skills already in hand, ready to go from day one. And many employers hire their current interns. Recently NACE reported that 69% of employers with 100 or more employees offered full-time

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Posted December 26, 2013 by

Dan Black’s presentation at #truCollegeRecruiter NYC: Why Employers Should Join and Be Active in NACE

The #truCollegeRecruiter NYC conference was hosted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Times Square, New York headquarters of EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and organized by CollegeRecruiter.com niche job board and #tru recruiting event planners.

The conference brought together about 100 hiring managers, recruiters, and other human resource professionals who wanted to share best practices and learn from each other about how to more efficiently and effectively hire and manage college and university students and recent graduates. (more…)

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Dan Black Presenting on Why Employers Should Become Active Members of NACE at #truCollegeRecruiter

Minneapolis, MN – [October 28, 2013] – CollegeRecruiter.com, the leading niche job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities, is pleased to announce that Dan Black of EY will deliver a presentation on Why Employers Should Join and Be Active Members of NACE at #truCollegeRecruiter New York City and that tickets are now available at www.truCollegeRecruiter.com for our fourth, fifth, and sixth recruiting events for hiring managers, recruiters, and other human resource leaders. (more…)

Posted August 12, 2013 by

38% of Internships With Corporations May Violate Fair Labor Standards Act

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Mackes of NACE

Nearly two-thirds of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 took part in an internship or a cooperative education assignment during their years pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to results of a survey of college students by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s 2013 Student Survey found that 63.2 percent of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 reported having taken part in an internship, co-op, or both. “This represents the highest overall participation rate since we began tracking this with the Class of 2007,” says Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. That’s the good news and, by way of context, only 57 percent of the Class of 2008 reported having  taken part in an internship, co-op, or both.

More than half of internships by Class of 2013 graduating seniors were performed at for-profit, private-sector organizations (56.3 percent). The remaining internships were undertaken at nonprofits (28.1 percent) and state, local, or federal government agencies (15.7 percent). (more…)

Posted July 17, 2013 by

$495 cost-per-hire for candidates sourced from CollegeRecruiter.com

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly movie posterOver the past couple of days some interesting numbers have crossed my desk that I thought would be helpful to many of the readers of CollegeRecruiter.com Blog.

One of our clients is a Fortune 500 organization headquartered in the U.S. and almost all of its revenues are generated from business-to-business sales. It has a strong brand within its industry but the vast majority of people have either never heard of the organization or wouldn’t have a clue what the organization does even if the name rang a bell.  (more…)

Posted June 26, 2013 by

Class of 2013: Majority of Seniors Participated in Internships or Co-ops

Nearly two-thirds of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 took part in an internship or a cooperative education assignment during their years pursuing a bachelor’s degree, according to results of a survey of college students by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s 2013 Student Survey found that 63.2 percent of graduating seniors from the Class of 2013 reported having taken part in an internship, co-op, or both. (more…)