- SmartRecruiters, has released its data on the top entry-level jobs available for recent grads and where to find them. Topping the list of entry-level jobs for grads around the USA are sales (14%), customer service (12%), and administrative roles (6%).
- The most popular industries hiring are technology (21%) and healthcare (11%), with communications (9%) and retail (7%) close behind.
- With an average hiring time of 44 days for all entry-level positions, candidates should focus on where the most jobs are being posted, in this case, paid job boards. SmartRecruiters found a high number of entry-level jobs advertised on Craigslist in 25 states, followed by Dice and The Muse.
Fall is the optimum time for hiring managers to start internship programs and open up jobs from their summer crop of interns in order to retain the best graduates. Hiring managers need to start planning now for any 2017 hiring needs.
This year's new college grads are entering the job market with high hopes of landing great careers. They may find it more worthwhile to leverage recent internships to get a job, or at least use those experiences as a launching points for their careers.
Based on the data above, new grads take a little over a month on average to land entry-level work in 2016. Candidates should have a back-up financial plan, and they interview with multiple companies to increase the odds of being hired.
On the other side, recruiters are actively seeking the best of the best in terms of fresh talent. Competition in the top recruitment markets of technology and healthcare means that recruiters need to be looking to internship programs, temporary employees and other creative strategies to bring talent on board before others snatch them up. Many job seekers will be taking time off to spend with friends and family during the last quarter holidays, which only reduces the talent pool even more.