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Job Outlook for College Grads is Looking Up

According to a recent article on Moneywatch.com , the job outlook for recent grads is the best it’s been in four years!

The Findings
The National Association of College and Employers survey indicates that businesses are gearing up to hire nearly 20% more college grads this year than they did last year. Check out the below graph

Job Outlook Hiring Projections

While this is great news for our recent grads, the job market is very competitive.  Here are a few tips from Moneywatch.com

Better doesn’t mean great. 
The uptick in hiring doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to find a job, so bring your A game. Thankfully your degree from Florida Tech is well respected in the workforce, giving you the competitive advantage you need to land that dream job.

Get Geographic
Prepare to relocate for a job.  Your best bet right now is the Northeast, followed by the Midwest and the West.  While the Southeast’s outlook doesn’t seem so rosey according to this survey, you have the benefit of being a Florida Tech grad.  Florida Tech has long standing relationships with local companies and with Career Services help, continually opening doors for our students and grads.

Listen to Warren Buffet
Did you ever read that book How to Win Friends and Influence People? Well you might want to run by the library and grab a copy.  Employers are saying that one of the most important traits they look for in a job candidate is the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization.”  Hopefully over the course of your time here at Florida Tech you took advantage of some of the CAPS sessions, like “Be a Social Butterfly.”  So if you ever thought to yourself, “why would I ever attend that session?”, now you know, to help you land that dream job!!

Remember your manners
It takes a lot of energy to find a job and landing an interview is only half of the battle. The interview is of course one of the most important parts of the hiring process, but don’t drop the ball on your post interview manners.  1 in 5 hiring managers said they would toss out any candidate if they didn’t send a thank you note after the interview.  Any communication you have with a potential employer should be thoughtfully strategized. The more authentic and creative you are, the better you can jockey yourself against the competition.

To read all of the tips from the article, click here.

Are you a recent grad and have a success story to share? Comment below.

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