New graduates are entering the job market with high hopes of using their degree to develop a career filled with benefits and a good compensation, to pay off their massive college loans. Unfortunately, these grads are facing a difficult time to enter the workforce and are vying for the same positions as those that have been in the workforce much longer. There are tens of thousands of job boards and multiple ways to connect to potential employers, but let’s face it; it’s not always easy finding a job after college.
You might ask, why don’t a larger number of recent college graduates seek employment through a Staffing Agency? As with many job seekers, most have misconceptions about working with Staffing Agencies; including these Five Misleading Myths About Getting A Job Through a Staffing Company from Cheryl Ferguson, host of The Recruiter’s Studio:
Myth #1: I only want a “real” job, not a temporary job.
Myth #2: The jobs available through staffing companies are low paying jobs.
Myth #3: Staffing companies only work with entry level, administrative type candidates.
Myth #4: Assignments only last a couple of weeks at a time at the most.
Myth #5: The temporary jobs available through staffing companies don’t offer benefits.
So, why waste your time and recruiting efforts busting these myths just to hire graduates? The Graduate Recruitment Bureau lists 7 benefits of Hiring Graduates:
2) Proven return on investment
3) Ready to mold
4) Solid business skills
5) New perspectives
6) Speed to value
7) Succession planning
Employers expect to hire 13 percent more college graduates from the Class of 2013 than were hired from the Class of 2012, according to the Job Outlook 2013 Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Even with this growth in hiring of recent graduates, fewer campus offers are being made by companies. Therefore, it seems only right that Staffing Agencies stay ahead of the game and recruit these qualified graduates.
Now, where do you start on your graduate search? Start by setting up a quick meeting with the Career Counselors in the career office. They may even be a little naive about what your Staffing Agency can offer their grads. You may find yourself surprised to find out how many different avenues you can choose to participate in; from seminars, workshops, on-campus and off-campus job fairs, networking programs, and online job and internship lists. However, recruiting on campus is no longer the only way to reach upcoming new grads. There is no denying that graduates do the majority of their job search online, and typically have a smartphone nearby. Posting on your company website, online search engines and social media sites are a necessity. Keep in mind that that these avenues need to be mobile friendly. For more information on these recruiting techniques check out 6 Places to look on Your Next Candidate Search.
These are just a few ways to start targeting new graduates. Perfect timing, as it’s approaching that time of year when graduates are flooding the job market and approaching potential employers searching for work. This is only fitting, since employers are setting their budgets for 2013 and should be equipped with the number of employees they can afford to hire. So, how are you going to fill those Job Orders? Do you have proven tactics for targeting recent grads? Let us know in the comments below!