- 2012 - May - 4th -

Graduates launch job search

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

It’s the season for college commencement ceremonies, meaning it’s also time for graduates to look for that first job with a degree in hand.

Good luck.

With unemployment rates still high, graduates are competing with experienced workers for positions, while retirement-age people continue to hang onto their jobs as they rebuild their investments.

If it helps, the “Job Choices 2012” report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers compiled the “wish list” for “The Perfect Candidate.” The list includes:

• Verbal and written communications skills.

• Strong work ethic.

• Teamwork skills.

• Analytical skills.

• Initiative.

• Problem-solving skills.

• Interpersonal skills.

• Flexibility/adaptability.

• Detail-oriented.

• Relevant work experience (through an internship or co-op assignment).

For more information about “Job Choices 2012,” visit www.jobweb.com.

To see what local experts have to say about the job market for graduates, see Page A-5.



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