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Category: Entry-level job market

Bad Economy Hasn’t Changed Gen Y’s Desire For Work/Life Balance

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on September 03

Apparently students still value work-life balance above all else when listing top characteristics of an ideal entry-level employer, placing it well above other factors such as salary and meaningful work….

Stimulus Package Positions

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on July 10

By: Anne Vandermey A lot of ink has been spilled about the “shovel-ready” construction projects that will be funded by the $787 billion stimulus package now winding its way through…

Don’t Be A Snob When It Comes To A Job

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on July 07

The Sunday Styles section of the New York Times had an articletitled “Say Hello to Underachieving” about the many undergrads and recent grads who are unable to get an internship…

Grads Are Cautiously Optimistic

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on June 02

By: Anne Vandermey Recession or no, for new grads, hope springs eternal. Although data show only two of every 10 2009 graduates had a job lined up as of April,…

A Silver Lining To The Tough Entry-Level Job Market?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on June 01

A little while back I read an interesting blurb about the tough entry-level job market in one of my favorite magazines, The Week. The author basically said that the implosion…

New Grads’ Top Countries to Work

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on May 20

First-time job seekers surveyed by and employment info provider Going Global chose their top international destinations. American students chose the United Kingdom as their top destination, followed by China,…

Creative Career of the Week: College Hunks Hauling Junk

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on May 11

Apparently, a few college students have started a junk removal service with the clever name, College Hunks Hauling Junk. I checked out their site and it actually looks pretty legit….

Quick Hit: Class of ‘09 Job Hunting Stats

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on May 07

According to the National Assocation of Colleges and Employers, only 19% of the students who’ve started looking for jobs have found employment. Even more surprising—Almost 60% of the class of…

Networking and Job Boards Voted Most Effective Way To Find A Job

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on May 04, a job search site for recent grads, recently surveyed 670 college students and alums to get their thoughts on the job search. Not surprisingly, 78% were finding the job…

Explaining Jail Time On the Job Search

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 30

I just got an interesting pitch from a law firm that specializes in clearing criminal records: ..One thing that can bring a job seeker down is their criminal record. We’re…

Is ‘Follow Your Passion’ Really Realistic Advice?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 27

In a recent “American Workplace Insights” survey conducted by HR consulting firm Adecco, college grads of every generation offered advice to the Class of 2009. Here’s what’s puzzling: Although 72%…

LinkedIn Free Premium Service for ‘09 Grads

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 23

Career networking site LinkedIn has announced it will provide a complimentary three-month premium subscription to all 2009 graduates. This service, which usually retails for $25 a month, allows young job…

Bad Interviews Caught on Tape

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 19

I was recently introduced to a pretty amazing new site via It’s called “How to Nail an Interview” and basically features unwitting job applicants (they’re actually being interviewed for…

Personal Financial Advisor Among The 10 Most Promising Jobs For Recent Grads?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 13 just published a list of 10 promising jobs for the class of 2009 (via The list was compiled by looking at the “National Association of Colleges and Employers…

No More Whining on the Job Search

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on April 02

Working World blogger Mark Overmann brought up an interesting point in a recent post about dressing for success on the job search. In my opinion, that bit of advice almost…

My New Favorite Email Greeting

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on March 05

A sign of the times: I just received an email from my alumni association with the greeting “Hope your winter is going uneventfully..” At first glance, this is a generic,…

College Grads Facing Worst Hiring Climate Since 2002

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on March 04

By Anne VanderMey You may have thought the job market for new college graduates was bad up until now. But it’s about to get worse. A lot worse. And business…

Career Consultant Sheila Curran: “Graduate School Is Not The Answer”

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on March 03

Career consultant and former Duke University career services director Sheila Curran had some interesting things to say about the recent boom in graduate school applications, fueled in part by undergrads…

Relevant Work Experience A Must, Say Employers to Recent Grads

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on January 27

Recent grads, take note: In this tough economy, relevant work experience may be more important than ever in securing a fulltime position. More than three-quarters of the nearly 1,200 employers…

MBA Students: Too Depressed to Interview?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on December 17

There’s evidence to suggest that some MBA students are so bearish on the job market right now that they’re sitting on the sidelines hoping things will get better..or are just…

In-Demand Jobs Under Obama Stimulus Plan

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on December 17

A little terrified at the prospect of graduating in a few months into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? Well, you should be…it’s nasty out there. But the…

Looking for a Job? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on December 10

BusinessWeek had an interesting story recently about a wave of recent retirees who are returning to work, and folks on the edge of retirement who are delaying it until the…

New York Event for the Recently Unemployed

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on December 09

Attention, young job seekers. An event called “Get Canned,” billed as “a charitable networking event for those affected by the economic downturn,” will be held in Manhattan on Tuesday, December…

College Grads May be Hit Hardest by Downturn

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on December 08

As reported by The New York Times, college graduates may be suffering most right now in terms of employment losses. Last month, the number of college grads who were working…

Living Large: Where to Find High-Paying Jobs

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 14

By Dan Macsai Credit crunch notwithstanding, graduates who pursue careers in petroleum engineering and accounting are netting sky-high starting salaries, according to a recent article in the Kansas City Star….

Interested in Free Career Coaching?

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on October 07

Want free (and unlimited) career coaching? The folks over at blog CAREEREALISM are holding a contest, asking readers “what’s YOUR career escapism daydream? (i.e. What Could You do With $1000).”…

Party Schools: Lots of Fun, but Little Pay

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 01

Everybody enjoys Princeton Review’s “Top 20 Party Schools” list. If you went to one of these schools, it brings back fond memories of drunken debauchery, and if you didn’t, well,…

Help Wanted: Job Ads Way Down

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 01

If you’ve been scanning the want ads lately, you may have noticed—they’re shrinking. The Conference Board today reports that online advertised job vacancies fell a seasonally adjusted 216,000 in September…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Investment Banking Firms

Posted by: Tara Kalwarski on September 18

A “tri-weekly” highlight of comments from current and former employees about those companies that BusinessWeek has ranked among the “best places to launch a career.” Given the events of the…

Meltdown on Wall Street: The Impact on Recruiting

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 16

With big Wall Street firms falling like dominoes, and business schools bracing for the fallout, BusinessWeek wants to gauge sentiment among job-hunters. So where is your worry meter pointing? Is…

Top 5 Industries for Entry-Level Jobs

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 15

The monster-size job board,, today released is top five industries for entry-level employment. The list is based on postings for entry-level jobs on and shows a major shift…

The Death of the Reference

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on August 29

When we surveyed the 119 employers who appear in our recently published “Best Places to Launch a Career” ranking, one of the things we asked them to do was to…

The Job Market—Good or Bad?

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on August 29

Recently (okay a few months ago) two items crossed my desk. The first was a press release from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). “Job Market Remains Positive…


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