Wanted: Jobs for grads!

Wanted: Jobs for grads!

“New Grads Wanted!!!” boasts a recent Craigslist ad for a copywriter position open in the greater Bay Area.

After clicking on the link and reading through the description, the job requirements state, “3-5 years experience necessary.”

What?!

Besides a consortium of most likely unrelated internships and part-time jobs, only a small percentage of students can boast 3-5 years of related experience. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the current unemployment rate stands at 5.5 percent, lower than pre-recession levels.

With this statistic in mind, you’d think seniors graduating from Pacific would be entertaining multiple offers, weighing the pros and cons of working in particular industries or segments of the business.

In reality, most seniors aren’t so lucky. Most jobs that need to be filled aren’t ever posted, and the ones that are receive hundreds of resumes.

With the advent of various job sites and analytics software, unless an applicant reaches the minimum requirements and includes certain buzzwords on their resume, a live person will never view their application.

“It’s hard to find a job that you’re interested in. Most job openings for new grads are low-paying, sales jobs with long hours and high expectations. Some of my friends have become burnt out or bitter from the process. Also, I’m not from here so my professional network is limited,” says Elizabeth Higashino, a senior in the Eberhardt School of Business.

With the economy in recovery since 2009, more mature workers who may have lost their jobs during the recession sometimes fill entry-level jobs. This leaves even less opportunity for new grads as companies are able to hire more experienced workers who require less investment and training for significantly less than their pre-recession salaries.

Successful applicants often have connections or secure a referral for their desired position. Family connections, professional networks and friends serve as invaluable resources for savvy new grads who realize they can no longer secure a position through merits alone.

What should you do? Polish up that resume, take advantage of Pacific’s alumni network and ask yourself if you have any family or friends in positions where they can help you find a job.

With graduation a few weeks away and the rest of our lives in front of us, it pays to put hard work in early and set yourself up for future success.

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