59 percent of employers plan to hire 2008 graduates in the spring or summer, a decrease of 17 percent year-over-year, while 29 percent are still unsure.
But there’s some good news on the pay front:
One-third of employers with hiring plans will increase starting salaries – driving employers’ anticipated average salary for 2008 graduates to $39.5K, up from $36K last year
College students, being college students, remain optimistic:
73 percent of prospective graduates expect to receive two or more job offers upon graduation.
Uh huh. But they’re realistic when it comes to their living prospects:
48 percent of prospective graduates expect to “boomerang” and spend at least some time living with their parents, continuing a three year trend.
So what’s the best way to snag employers’ interest for those few available jobs? The survey yields some clues:
Often-overlooked, making a professional impression on employers is a critical part of the hiring process – in fact, 43 percent of employers report personal characteristics as most important when assessing college graduates. However, only 19 percent of 2007 graduates recognized it as such.
Never mind the two-page resumés detailing years of experience at the Dairy Queen. Get to the interview on time, dress appropriately, smile often, don’t belch, and make a good impression on the interviewer. Forty gees, here you come.