Employment Opportunities Look Bleak for Recent College Graduates

NEW YORK—Following a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which found that employers are not planning to hire as many members of the class of 2013 as initially expected, a new survey published by Adecco, a global human resources consulting company, confirmed those findings.

According to Adecco's survey, 58 percent of hiring managers said they are not planning to hire entry-level college graduates this year. As well, 66 percent of hiring managers said they do not think new college graduates are prepared for the workplace.

Poor interviewing skills may be influencing the opinions of those hiring managers who responded to the survey. Thirty-four percent of respondents said an inability to clearly answer questions and articulate skills are common reasons why millennials do not land positions, according to the survey.

Additionally, a little more than a third of hiring managers indicated millennials have trouble making eye-contact during interviews. However, some 30 percent said young interviewees had no problem with checking their cellphones or texting during their interviews, according to the report.

For more tips and stats on the job market for college graduates, check out this Adecco infographic below titled Gen Y can’t I get a job?

Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Managing Partner
Aligned Growth Partners, LLC