Poll Finds that Majority of College Grads Unprepared for Job Search

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According to a recent poll conducted by CollegeGrad.com, the #1 entry level job site, 69 percent of college grad job seekers either don't have a resume or say theirs needs help. Having a resume ready is a necessity for those facing economic recession and high rates of unemployment.

According to a recent poll conducted by CollegeGrad.com, the #1 entry level job site on the Web, 69 percent of college grad job seekers either don't have a resume or say theirs needs help. Having a strong resume is key for new job seekers when searching for employment, especially during tough economic times.

"The entry-level resume is critical to a successful job search, especially with the state of the United States economy," said Adeola Ogunwole, Director of Marketing and PR for Collegegrad.com. "College students and recent grads should make developing a world class resume their top priority for attaining career success."

Developing a resume from scratch, or revamping an outdated resume, is probably not a college student's favorite activity, but Ogunwole points out that having a good resume is necessary for networking, and applying to and interviewing for jobs.

"The resume will not get you the job," said Ogunwole, "but you won't get the job without it. These days, employers are seeking the best of the best, and that starts with a pristine resume."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States has risen to 6.7 percent, fueled by the estimated 1.9 million Americans who have lost their jobs in 2008. In addition, the unemployment rate for people with a bachelor's degree or higher has risen 1.1 percent since Oct. 2007.    

The resume may seem like only a first step in the job search process, but in reality, it's a reflection of the candidate's professionalism. Ogunwole advises putting in the time to develop the best reflection possible, since the resume is often the first thing the recruiter sees.

For college students and recent grads who need help entering the job market, CollegeGrad.com is a comprehensive resource for developing world-class resumes, with more than 200 quick start resume templates for more than 30 different majors. Resume information, samples, customizable templates and more can be found by visiting http://www.collegegrad.com/resumes.

Following are the overall survey results:
How good is your resume?

  •     Perfect--30.1%
  •     Needs help--46.0%
  •     I don't have one yet--23.9%

The previous survey, conducted in Sept. 2006, found that 45.2 percent of students felt their resume needed help and that 26.8 percent didn't even have a resume.The survey was conducted nationally using an online poll placed on the CollegeGrad.com home page during Nov. 2008. The results are based on approximately 600 job-seeking respondents.

About CollegeGrad.com:
CollegeGrad.com is the #1 entry level job site on the Internet and is the leader in the field of entry-level job search. CollegeGrad.com regularly conducts surveys and polls on topics related to entry level job search, and has been listing the Top 25 Entry Level Cities quarterly since 2006.

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