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Monday, Monday March 5th, 2012- from 2-3 PM-Enterprise Classroom

Post-Graduation Planning -Job Searches and Grad School

What Should I Do?

First some stats:

Job Search Information:

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An executive summary of the September 2013 Salary Survey report is available at

The final Salary Survey report for Class of 2013 graduates will be published in early January 2014.

Figure 1: Average Salaries by Discipline
Category 2013 Average Salary 2012 Average Salary Percent Change
Business $55,635 $51,541 7.9%
Communications $43,835 $42,286 3.7%
Education $40,337 $39,080 3.2%
Engineering $62,062 $60,639 2.3%
Humanities & Social Sciences $37,791 $36,824 2.6%
Math & Sciences $42,731 $42,355 0.9%
Overall $45,327 $44,259 2.4%

Source: September 2013 Salary Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers

About Salary Survey: Salary Survey reports starting salaries for new college graduates in more than 90 disciplines at the bachelor’s-degree level. Data contained in the report

College and Students Today-Infographic

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Additional Information:

 Following are some steps to make a successful college-to-real world transition.


How To Find Jobs for College Graduates

As college seniors approach the end of the semester, they have a lot more to think about besides final exams and graduation parties. What they’re planning to do after college life is still a question left unanswered for many.

For those soon-to-be graduates seeking employment, conducted a poll through February, asking college seniors how many jobs they have applied to so far. Faced with continued reports on the tough job market, the class of 2014 is clearly taking some initiative. Here’s what the results showed:
•More than 33 percent reported they have already applied for over 40 jobs.
•Just about 21 percent of respondents have applied for somewhere between 10 and 20 jobs.
•Almost 20 percent have applied for 21 to 40 jobs.
•17 percent have applied for less than 10 jobs.
•The smallest percentage, 8.5 percent, have applied for no jobs at all.

While the economy is looking much brighter for recent college graduates than it has the past couple years, it still takes that extra something to help young job seekers stand out among the other applicants. Here are some tips to help college graduates be at the top of their games and score entry-level jobs in their fields.

1. Clean up your online image

2. Start applying now…if you haven’t already

The earlier the better. Many employers start looking for candidates months before graduation, so they are ready to fill the positions in May or June. Try to get ahead of the flood of Spring resumes by applying early and often.

3. Don’t be afraid to network – in person and online

Every opportunity is an opportunity to network! Whether it’s chatting with a professor, staying in touch with an internship coordinator or creating a LinkedIn profile – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there professionally. The worst thing that can happen is nothing.

4. Target your job search

While not every opportunity is going to be your dream job, you can target what you want if you find job postings in a niche job board or LinkedIn group. For example, if you’re looking for finance jobs, find a place where these types of jobs are posted specifically.

5. Download mobile job search apps

Everyone is attached to their Smartphone these days, so why not receive job alerts and do some job-searching on the go?

6. Utilize your school’s career services

It’s likely that your college or university has a career services office. Some schools also offer further training like a project management certificate or other classes to deepen your education. While you’re still a student, make use of these services by making an appointment to have your resume critiqued or do a mock interview.

7. Prepare for interviews – homework & “thank you’s”

If you’ve received a call back after applying for a job, you need to be prepared and on top of your game. To stand out from the other interviewees, research the company beforehand. Have questions to ask – this will show you are interested. Also, send a hand-written thank you note or an email thank you at the very least.

8. Gain experience while job-searching

If you have some spare time while applying for jobs, take on an internship in your desired field. This will give you extra experience to put on your resume and show that you took the initiative to advance your skill-set instead of waiting around or taking an irrelevant job.

9. Attend career fairs

Career fairs are a great way to get in front of multiple employers looking to hire and network face-to-face. It provides the opportunity to showcase your communication skills and personality while participating in mini-interviews. It can help move your resume to the top of the pile.

10. Create an online career portfolio

Distinguish yourself from other candidates and create a powerful web page that will display your skills and experiences to show employers that you’re willing to go the extra mile and are committed to your job search.


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