Most class of 2018 grads are postponing their job search past finals
- A new survey from Monster asked over 350 students about their post-graduation plans. Over a third (35%) of students said that they started their search over a year ago, while 36.5% had just begun their search, nearly 20% said they would wait until after finals and about 3% would push the job search to after summer.
- The majority of students (74%) said a good resume is important to find a good position, but less than a quarter said they were happy with their resume and less than 24% had a professional look over their resume. About half had a friend or parent take a look.
- When it comes to career plans, about 36% fear they will not be able to find what they’re looking for in a job or company, while another 31.7% aren’t sure what kind of job they want.
For businesses looking to snag up new grads, beware the competition: a recent report showed graduates are fielding multiple job offers, with the two biggest factors in the decision to turn down offers being the speed of the process and the recruiter. Clearly, these two issues suggest it may be worth exploring ways to improve candidate experience as well as re-examine the human touch involved. Speeding up the time-to-hire is a priority for businesses and applicants as companies look to streamline processes.
Companies looking for perks that attract grads may be considering helping them repay student loan debt, a big factor in the decision-making process for some. Other perks may fall flat: a recent study showed grads were deterred by companies that offered alcohol on the job, for example.