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Employers Plan to Hire More New Grads This Year

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Here is some good news for graduates from the class of 2012. Companies are planning on hiring nearly 10 percent more new graduates this year than they did in 2010-2011, new research has found. 

The good news for recent graduates doesn’t stop there, though. The research also found that 46 percent of employers rated the current job market as good, while 37 percent called the job market fair. Just 12 percent called the market very good and 3 percent rated it as poor.

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With that said, optimism by employers is far from an assurance of employment. To improve the chances of getting a job, prospective job seekers may want to highlight certain aspects of their résumé.  Particularly, employers said that a candidate's major, grade point average, leadership and extracurricular activities were among the most important things they looked for. Companies also said they were looking for workers who were team players with traits of leadership, good communication skills, problem-solving abilities and a strong work ethic.

The educational services industry is expected to add almost 300,000 new jobs, making it the top hiring industry. Prospective utilities workers will be happy to hear that their expected starting salary of more than $64,000 gives them the highest average starting salary. Breakdowns of salary and job opportunities can be found in the infographic below. 

Job Outlook & Starting Salary For New Grads Credit: Online Colleges

 The inforgraphic was composed by Online Colleges using information from naceweb.org and unco.edu.

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