Hope for Grads Searching for Jobs Despite Unemployment Stats

Thousands of college graduates will become unemployed in each month of 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but there may finally be an answer for graduates in search of a job.

According to an October 4, 2012 issue of Forbes online magazine, “Professionalism (86%), high-energy (78%) and confidence (61%) are the top three traits employers say they are looking for in new hires.”  This information could be the key to success for job seekers.

The Forbes article reveals that college graduates need to be professional, excited, and confident about themselves to have a better chance of locating a full-time job.

According to a June 19, 2012 issue of USA Today, a Rutgers University study in the spring of 2012 showed that only 51% of graduates who received bachelors’ degrees from 2006 to 2011 were working full-time.  The article also says that 24% of people who were able to find a job, took a job that was not at all related to their field of study.

Survey results like these leave job applicants wondering what they are doing wrong.  Even well-educated college graduates have trouble landing a full-time job.  It’s not that college graduates are doing anything wrong, it’s just that employers are looking for specific traits in individuals.

According to a November 10, 2012 issue of the New York Times, C.E.O.’s of various industries have complained that young employees don’t have the skills and discipline required and that they expect promotions before mastering their previous position and task.

Christopher Newport University marketing graduate Ashley French said that the reason she was able to find a job as an account manager for the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) after college was because of her hard work and confidence.

“I went into job interviews knowing that I was smart and hard-working and that any company would be lucky to have me,” says French.  “When I was hired, I was told that the confidence I had in myself and the experience that I was so proud of is what got me my position.”

French says that she imagines staying with CEB for a long time and that she doesn’t feel underemployed but has opportunities for raises when she works hard.

Another CNU graduate, Alisa Hughes, is not as fortunate as French and is currently unemployed and living with her parents.

“Being unemployed is extremely stressful,” said Hughes.  “I just want to start my post-graduation life already and be independent.”

Hughes also suggested that college graduates should try to “get involved in organizations and hold leadership positions” in order to have a better chance of finding a job.

There are many others like Hughes who find themselves currently out of work.  University of Washington college graduate Eric Engel is an example of a person in a similar situation as Hughes.

Engel is unemployed and currently living with his parents.  He says one reason he doesn’t have a job right now is because he got a degree in oceanography rather than a different field of study.  “The job market isn’t that huge for ocean/marine scientists, and there is an increasing number of us.”