11 12 / 2011

Graduates and the 2012 job market

There are some frightening figures floating around about Graduate recruitment. For example, in 2009, only 19.7% of college graduates were hired directly out of school; down from 26% in 2008 and 51% in 2007 (NACE).

I’d love to see what the 2010 and 2011 figures are and what 2012 holds. Unfortunately the figures will undoubtedly show a bleak outlook.

If you’re a recent graduate fear not. Yes, the process might be more difficult than when your parents went looking for their first jobs but by being proactive and taking initiative and your chances will improve dramatically.

Here’s a great article with ‘3 Proven Keys to Success for Recent Grads

Like anything in life you have to work hard to get what you want. The same applies to creating an effective resumé.

Get a cup of coffee, turn off your IM/Skype/Twitter/Facebook/RSS feeds and focus on creating a resumé that best represents who you are, the experience that you have and the professional development you’ve undertaken (obviously we recommend using a modern resumé like curv.me).

Once you’ve finished it put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter or hiring manager and try to evaluate your resumé from the point of view of someone who has never met you and who receives hundreds of other resumés each day. Do you stand out? Are people able to understand who you are and what you do in under a minute? If not, go back to the drawing board.

Remember, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Stay positive, stay motivated and never ever give up.

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28 11 / 2011

I just came across this great post on careerrocketeer outlining the importance of a visually appealing resumé.

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