2018 college grads facing strong job market

Career Builder said 80 percent of companies they surveyed are planning to hire college grads this year.

Posted: May 18, 2018 7:03 AM
Updated: May 18, 2018 7:42 AM

KIMT News 3 - Ivy Hogg is still on cloud nine after graduating from Iowa State University just weeks ago.
“Definitely good to move on to the next chapter and start my adult life,” Hogg said.
Majoring in supply chain management and economics, she's already got a job lined up by moving to Texas in weeks to work at Caterpillar Inc.
“There's pressure. You've spent four years of your life earning a degree and you hope when you get to the end it means something to someone and they see the validity in it and they hire you,” Hogg said.
Getting a job right away shouldn't be a surprise right now with Career Builder showing 80 percent of companies they surveyed are planning to hire college grads this year. That's up from 60 percent in 2008 and when it comes to starting salaries it's looking to be around $40,000.
“I never really considered the possibility of graduating and not having a future career, so I think that's something we take for granted a lot because we've never really been in the situation where we are struggling for work,” Hogg said.
One-third of employers tell Career Builder that those they interviewed didn't send a thank you-note, which is big for them. They are also stressing the importance of knowing about the company when interviewing.

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