Preliminary results are in, college hiring is up 21%. “Employers expect to hire 21 percent more new college grads this year than they did last year, according to preliminary results of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Spring Update survey.

Back in August, employers projected a 13.5 percent increase in college hiring for the 2010-11 academic year. However, since that time, other NACE surveys have pointed to college hiring gaining momentum. For example, NACE’s hiring index, conducted monthly October through February, showed an increase in the percent of employers planning to hire more new college graduates. In addition, NACE’s monthly recruiting activity index pointed to increased activity on campus: In fact, the index hit an all-time high in February, foreshadowing a greater increase in hiring for the college Class of 2011 than originally anticipated.

This is great news for graduating students! For students looking to find a job in 2012 – fall college recruiting also looks positive. “It’s early, but signs are good for fall recruiting”, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 Spring Update survey.

Nearly 29 percent of employers that responded report plans to increase their fall 2011 recruiting over last year, and 41 percent plan to recruit at the same level.

NACE will poll employers this summer to gather more-detailed hiring projections for the Class of 2012.

This is very motivating information! If you need assistance with the job search process be sure to visit Career Services. We can help you learn more about careers that fit your strengths, interests, and values; assist you with researching companies, writing a resume and cover letter, practice interviewing, and networking/connecting with people in your field of interest.

We are also offering a Senior Job Search Group that meets on Tuesdays (April 26, May 3, 10, 17) from 4-5:30pm in Milam 033. We just met yesterday and provided tips and resources for students to help learn more about themselves so they are more prepared to write their resume, interview, and find jobs that are a good fit. The next workshop is on May 3rd and will cover researching companies and careers. You don’t have to attend all workshops, come to those that interest you. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Jen Busick, Career Resource Specialist

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