According to a report put out by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), hiring for the Class of 2009 reveals very little growth but no real expected decline. The respondents to an August survey revealed that 52 percent project to hire fewer 2009 graduates than they did from the Class of 2008. However, 34 percent expect to hire more and 14 percent expect to hire the same amount.
The same survey revealed that the only industries not expecting to decrease hiring were manufacturing, professional services and government. The government actually expects hiring to go up 19.8 percent. Distribution and utilities as well as agriculture industries reported the highest decrease in hiring.
So, perhaps the sky isn’t falling as so many seem to be espousing, but it may be time for 2009 graduates to create a strong resume, write a powerful cover letter, learn how to network really well and have excellent interview skills.
Career Development Services is aware of the potential job search challenges for this year’s class and looks forward to equipping Auburn graduates with strong job search skills. Services are available at www.auburn.edu/career as well as in 303 Martin Hall on a walk-in basis, M-F, 12 noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment all week. Quick questions can be answered by the Virtual Career Coach, M-4, 2 – 4 p.m. from the website.