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The Job Market For Graduating Seniors & Grad Students
Is Tougher Than Ever This Year!

CONTACT: Dave Bowman, 323.936.6600

75% of college students in 2000 thought they would be millionaires someday, according to a study by the accounting firm, Ernst & Young. Now, they’re happy just to have a job!


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the jobless rate for 20 to 24 year olds – many college grads now in the job market – is 9.6%! That’s nearly 4% more than the national unemployment rate and almost 3% higher than last year. The rate for 16 to 19 year olds – those coming out of high school – is an alarming 16%, or about 10% over the national average.

And – another troublesome fact: more that 44% of all unemployed are under the age of 30, according the Employment Policy Foundation!

What’s the problem?

  • The slow economy, with layoffs everywhere.
  • Older workers are taking entry-level jobs youngsters usually get.
  • Lack of experience in young job applicants.
  • Tech industry collapse – a traditional place for grads to start careers.

How can university and high school grads “beat the odds” and land that dream job in these tough times?

  • Don’t limit your search to just company interviews on campus!
  • Do some “self-assessment” for discovering interests, strengths/skills and accomplishments from summer and extracurricular jobs.
  • Decide what industry and company function can use what you offer.
  • Look thru the internet job posting sites – and look for small to medium sized companies (they may not be laying off workers).
  • “Network” with family friends – ask who might know of a company interested in your interests, strengths/skills and accomplishments.
  • Send “broadcast letters” to potential employers – but they must be FOCUSED on what you can do for the company (requires research!).
  • Try for internships (paid or unpaid) during the school year – interns can get permanent jobs after graduating (they’re too good to lose!).


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