Ready, Set, Get Hired

Even though job prospects for 2016 graduates aren’t as rosy as first predicted, don’t get too discouraged. According to the latest study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers still expect to hire about five percent more new college graduates than they hired from the class of 2015, which is down from the 11 percent increase originally reported in November. Business, engineering and computer science graduates are the most in demand, and the top majors are accounting, computer science, finance, business administration/management and mechanical engineering.

Major # of respondents that will hire % of respondents that will hire
Accounting 98 54.4%
Computer Science 97 53.9%
Finance 91 50.6%
Business Administration/Management 86 47.8%
Mechanical Engineering 83 46.1%
Information Sciences and Systems 75 41.7%
Management Information Systems 73 40.6%
Electrical Engineering 71 39.4%
Logistics/Supply Chain 67 37.2%
Economics 64 35.6%
Marketing 64 35.6%
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, April 2016.

No matter what your major is, landing that first job out of college can be challenging. The most important things you can do are to stay focused, keep organized, and not get disheartened as it will likely take time. Learn How to Become has a great guide for college graduates that provides simple, clear suggestions for staying on top of your job search. Tips include:

  • Establishing a job search network by creating accounts with online job search and recruiting sites such as Monster, LinkedIn and Career
  • Securing references from your college professors, prior jobs, and/or community organizations you may have participated in, ideally before you graduate
  • Dressing the part by selecting appropriate attire for interviews
  • Making sure you follow up with prospective employers

You’ll also want to be sure to customize your resume for each job you apply for so that you clearly articulate how your knowledge, skills and experience would match the job requirements. This is a great exercise which will help you identify your strengths, as well as some areas that you might need to work on. Consider running your resume by someone from your college’s career office or a trusted adult before submitting. Sometimes, having another set of eyes is helpful in making sure there are no errors or ambiguities.

Remember not to set your expectations too high on the actual position, company, salary and/or location you are looking for. Flexibility may be the key to your first success. If you do not have a lot of prior work or intern experience in your field, don’t waste your time applying for jobs that call for more years of experience than you actually have. Instead, focus on entry level positions which don’t require a lot of prior experience and are designed to provide some on-the-job training. Lastly, don’t rely solely on online search tools. Networking with friends, family, employers, college professors, college alumni associations and volunteer groups are just some examples of ways to broaden your reach.

Landing that first job after graduation takes patience and perseverance, but following some of these suggestions will make help you stay focused and make the process less arduous. Happy searching!

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  • Christa Gorman

    How would I go about finding an entry level position for a job that wouldn’t be fully disclosed until complete hire?

  • Sri ramya tiparthi

    How can i view the list of jobs in the mentioned list

    • Sri ramya tiparthi

      i mean the list was given but i couldn’t go through types of jobs present in computer science