An April 2011 survey conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco Staffing U.S. found that 71 percent of 500 recent four-year college graduates would have done something differently to prepare for the job market. While U.S. employers will hire 4 percent more graduates from the class of 2018 than they did from the 2017 graduating class, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers are still looking for the pick of the litter.
“When you’re not familiar with the job market or job seeking, you really don’t know how much effort it will take,” said Kathy Kane, senior vice president of talent management for Adecco NA in Melville, New York.
To find out what students can do to better prepare for the current job market, we spoke with career coaches, recruiters, and recent graduates.
“I would have started looking for jobs earlier.”
Putting off your job hunt isn’t a wise move. Among the Adecco survey’s respondents, 26 percent said they would have started looking for potential positions earlier.
“It’s easy to fall into ‘my weekend starts on Thursday’ mode, rather than ‘I’ve got to put my job search into full gear today’ mode,” said Kane, “but procrastinators will have fewer choices.”
Most students don’t start thinking about their careers until they have to, said Lindsey Pollak, a career expert who focuses on Generation Y in the workplace. “There’s so much you can do that’s not a lot of work and not overly time-consuming.” Here are some tips that’ll help you fight the procrastination temptation.