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SHRM Hiring Snapshot: Recent College Graduates, Post Graduates 2012
Alexandria, Va. – Lack of jobs, not qualifications, is the top reason why recent college graduates and post graduates are unemployed according to a survey released today by the
Society for Human Resource Management.
While employers do notice that recent college undergraduates lack—and must improve—common basic and applied skills, such is unlikely to be the reason why they are unemployed based on data from SHRM’s
“The Hiring of 2012 University/ College Undergraduates and Postgraduates” survey.
Nearly one-third (31 percent) have hired
recent postgraduate job seekers, up from 26 percent in 2011, and 20 percent in 2010. The majority of the job offers—83 percent—were for full-time positions. Seven percent were for temporary and contract work. Another seven percent were for part-time positions.
The survey also shows that the 53 percent of organizations that have not yet hired 2012 undergraduates and postgraduates are unlikely to hire them at all this year. Most (75 percent) employers have no current openings for recent graduates while eight percent report hiring freezes.
Eighteen percent indicate recent graduates are under qualified for open positions while 17 percent indicate such graduates are over qualified for available positions.
“What do graduates today bring to the job?—they’re likely to be savvy in technology say many employers,” noted Mark Schmit, vice president of research at SHRM. “Still, they must improve basic skills/ knowledge, such as English grammar and spelling, and applied skills, such as critical thinking to best compete for jobs and transition into the ones they land.”
A breakdown of responses from human resource professionals shows (top three applied skills followed by top three basic skills/knowledge areas):
Unsurprisingly, respondents indicate that jobs calling for highly-skilled technical skills, scientists, engineers, and managers and executives remain the most difficult to recruit for.
The survey includes responses from 378 randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership.
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