Hiring of college students will greatly increase this school year

A study recently released by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University revealed that hiring for bachelor’s degrees will increase by 16 percent this year.

The preliminary findings of the study can be found on the CERI website, by clicking here.

Nearly 5,700 employers responded to the annual survey. We found the following statistics very favorable for those seeking employment:

  • More than 50% were outside recruiters and company human resource managers looking for full-time employees.
  • 97% will hire at least one new college graduate in 2014-2015.
  • 66% indicated growth was very important for their hiring.

We also found these recruiting trends particularly interesting, yet reassuring of the Greek Ladders Career Network model:

  • The normal downtime built into college academic calendars will not provide respite for career center staff responding to increased employer activities.
  • Recruiters already burned out by this fall’s career fair fatigue will be stretched thin. They will need to absorb the pressure of expanding campus visits and processing more applicants.

In fact, many employers responding to the survey shared comments in the survey. The following were among the top:

  • Competition for qualified candidates is escalating to a degree rarely seen in the past ten years.
  • Recruiting staff are stretched to the limit.
  • Employers want to identify talent, recruit qualified candidates quickly, and bring new hires on-board smoothly.
  • After recruiters jump through the requisite hoops and gain access to students, they find themselves underwhelmed by the pool of qualified candidates.
  • Recruiters and employers observe students entering the recruiting season with lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters.

The findings of CERI’s Recruiting Trends 2014-15 are not surprising and merely endorse the value of the Greek Ladders model. We develop strong relationships with job-seekers (students and alumni/ae), fraternity and sorority chapters, campus career centers, Fraternity & Sorority Life offices to work directly with students, build their career profiles, prepare them for interviews, and connect them with opportunities. Similarly, we work closely with employers to identify quality talent, directly introduce and engage them with the candidates, and match to fulfill internship and full-time employment opportunities.

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