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Posted October 23, 2013 by

The Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want

What exactly are employers looking for in potential employees?  While you can’t know exactly what each one wants, there are certain skills/qualities that will attract them.  Learn more in the following post. (more…)

Posted October 16, 2013 by

What can you do with a humanities major? More than you think

Female college graduate with a diploma

Female college graduate with a diploma. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As the U.S. economy rebounds and companies continue adding jobs, it won’t be finance or technology prowess they want most from new hires — it’s communication and critical thinking skills they’ll be after. The National Association of Colleges and Employees reports that the quality employers most want from applicants is the ability to communicate effectively (BLS.gov/opub). That must be why a recent Georgetown University study found that information studies majors had a higher unemployment rate (14.7 percent) than English majors (9.8 percent) or history, religious studies and philosophy majors (9.5 percent).

“I say, ‘Get me some poets as managers,'” said the late multimillionaire, philanthropist, and Newsweek owner Sidney Harman. “They contemplate the world in which we live and feel obliged to interpret and give expression to it in a way that makes the reader understand how that world turns. Poets, those unheralded systems thinkers, are our true digital thinkers. It is from their midst that I believe we will draw tomorrow’s new business leaders.”

Maybe that humanities major isn’t looking so bad now, huh? (more…)

Posted September 24, 2013 by

Technical Degrees Lead List of Top-Paid Majors for Class of 2013 Grads

Petrochemical workers at a refinery plant

Petrochemical workers at a refinery plant. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you have graduated from college in 2013 with a technical degree, you may be earning one of the top salaries in the job market.

Technical majors, especially those in engineering, head the list of top-paid majors for the Class of 2013, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey found that seven engineering majors are among the 10 highest-paid at the bachelor’s-degree level. (more…)

Posted September 23, 2013 by

Average Starting Salary for Grads With Bachelor’s Degrees Rises 2.4 Percent

There is good news for 2013 college graduates with bachelor’s degrees concerning starting salaries for their entry level jobs.

The overall average starting salary for Class of 2013 college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees has increased 2.4 percent over last year, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey found that the average starting salary for Class of 2013 college graduates stands at $45,327, up from the average salary of $44,259 for Class of 2012 graduates. (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 August 06, 2013 by

Mechanical engineering is a sizzling degree for college grads

Mechnical technician operating machine

Mechanical technician operating machine. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

May brings more than Memorial Day and Mother’s Day. It is also when a whole slew of college graduates throw their caps in the air and then cross their fingers in the hopes they can find a job.

While competition for jobs may be stiff — the National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov, 2012) says more than 1.7 million bachelor’s degrees were conferred in 2010-2011 alone — there is one group of students that could have little problem landing a position right out of school. Those students are engineering majors, and within the field, mechanical engineering grads are some of the most coveted. (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 19, 2013 by

63.2% Graduate With Experience Due To Completion of Internship or Co-op

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. (more…)

Posted May 28, 2013 by

Undergraduate Interns Earn Average of $16.26 Per Hour

Marilyn Mackes of the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Marilyn Mackes of NACE

The average salaries for bachelor’s and master’s degree interns held steady this year, according to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s 2013 Internship & Co-op Survey found that the average salary for bachelor’s degree interns ticked up just 0.3 percent to $16.26 per hour from $16.21 per hour last year.

“However, interns in several majors at the bachelor’s degree level earned average salaries that topped $18 an hour,” notes Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director.

Engineering ($20.36), computer science ($18.96), and mathematics ($18.15) majors had the highest average hourly wages among bachelor’s degree level interns. (more…)

Posted May 01, 2013 by

Cost Per Hire for College Grads is $5,134

One of the key metrics for employers large and small when hiring new employees is their cost per hire or, as some would express it, their cost of recruiting. A new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) indicates that the average cost of hire for a new college graduate during the 2011-12 recruiting season was $5,134.

The study indicates that the average cost-per-hire is generally lower for larger companies. That makes sense because they can spread those costs. For example, a large company may post one ad but hire five people from it. Or they may visit three schools and hire 10 people. A small company would pay the same per ad and the same for the on-campus school visits but only hire one person. Economies of scale give that larger employer an advantage when it comes to their costs per hire.

The costs per hire by employer size was: (more…)