2016 AfterCollege Insight Survey: New Grad Unemployment Low


AfterCollege surveyed 1,360 college undergrads, grad students and recent graduates to get their perspectives on the job search process, the employment landscape, and their search preferences. Now in it’s 8th year, the annual survey uncovers job seeker preferences and trends.

The survey tackles the issues students and recent graduates care about most when choosing their careers. The main takeaway this year is that an astonishing 78% of college seniors have a job lined up upon graduation. This is great news for college grads who have much better prospects than those who graduated last year. In 2015, only 13% of college seniors had  a job lined up around this time.  For employers, this means more competition for the right talent. To effectively compete, employers will need to invest not just in recruiting, but brand-building as well.

Below is an infographic on how employers can effectively hire millennials.

Key Findings:

  • Spring Semester and Summer are the times when Freshmen, Sophomores and Grad Students are most active in searching for jobs and internships.
  • Fall and Holiday Break are the times when Seniors are most active in their search.
  • Work/life balance and flexible schedule are the two top factors for students when considering an employers, aside from salary.
  • Email and job postings remain the top channels through which job seekers prefer to learn about jobs.
  • Employers can improve their recruiting process by responding to applicants more quickly and by simplifying the interview process.




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