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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 May 13, 2014 by

Internship Finder, How Much Longer Will Unpaid College Internships be Available?

If you’re an internship finder, understand that a paid or unpaid internship can give you valuable experience.  However, will unpaid internships continue?  Learn more in the following post.

The unpaid college internship, which reigned supreme over the past decade as the way to secure a job after graduation, may soon be disappearing. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, both employers and colleges are starting to rethink their internship policies. In light of several high-profile lawsuits brought by former interns (including

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Posted April 17, 2014 by

Average Starting Salary for College Grads is $45,327

Petroleum Engineer

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 April 01, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Develop Hard and Soft Skills to Improve Your Job Search

As an internship finder, learning to develop hard skills and soft skills during your experience can benefit your job search.  In the following post, find out how to develop both types of skills in your internship.

Each internship presents two sides to your potential learning… the tangibles and the intangibles. These are commonly referred to as “hard skills” and “soft skills”. To increase your chance to get hired, you’ll need to learn from both of these sides of your internship. Many interns make the mistake of only focusing on the hard skills. They don’t realize that

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Posted April 01, 2014 by

5 Tips to Find a Paid Internship in College

Smiling female intern holding a laptop outdoors

Smiling female intern holding a laptop outdoors. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve hit your junior or senior year of college and now you’re looking at the job market you’re graduating into. The market may look intimidating for a new graduate, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 12.6 percent of 2011’s class remains unemployed. However, the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that 30 percent of businesses hiring new grads pull them from their internship programs. Internships give you needed experience in your field without having to compete with people who have years of experience on you. They allow you to network with the movers and shakers in your field, and they give you hands-on experience in your field of choice. In addition to these advantages, paid internships financially compensate you alongside the college credit. Instead of working food service or retail while you attend school, a paid internship gives you the chance to do what you love while putting money in your pocket. Start your internship search by hunting down all of the paid opportunities available. (more…)

Posted March 05, 2014 by

The Interview for Your Entry Level Job is Over. Now What?

If you’re having a tough time waiting on an answer following an interview for an entry level job, the following post suggests how to make the best of this time.

The interview itself went well. You’ve talked about your strengths, your weaknesses, how much you’ve always had a passion for (insert job type here) and attempted a joke about the interviewer’s lack of sleep. (There’s a photo of a baby on her desk.) Now comes the hard part…

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Posted February 17, 2014 by

Looking to Major in a Field with Good Starting Salaries for Entry Level Jobs? Major in Engineering

College students majoring in engineering are likely to find good paying entry level jobs.  Learn more in the following post.

Want to be sure you land an awesome starting salary right out of college? Major in engineering. Of the top 10 best-paying college majors, seven are in areas of engineering, according to a report issued recently by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). (Click here to tweet this thought.) Petroleum engineering is the top-paying undergraduate

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Posted January 23, 2014 by

How Important is College Recruiting for Your Business?

As your business looks to the future, how important is college recruiting to its success?  Learn more in the following post.

The “baby boomer” generation will be retiring in mass numbers over the next few years. Succession planning, or the need to develop people for key operational and future management-level positions, must begin now. Now is…

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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…)