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Trouble Finding a Job after Graduating?

Recent graduates may have found themselves as the beneficiaries of one of the best job markets in recent history, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will be walking out of college with a job in hand. 

Graduates today face the same obstacles as countless classes before them: making a successful transition from college to work. However, though the economy is doing well and job vacancies are high, it doesn’t mean that offers are being handed out left and right. In this new economy post great-recession, employers are demanding more skills and experience while only recently having increased salaries accordingly. This has created a type of artificial job market, where the market is simultaneously both a job-seeker’s as well as an employer’s market.

So how does one break-through?

In this article, according to Steven Cates at Purdue University, temp agencies may be key to getting that full-time offer. According to Cates, companies use temporary workers to review “the qualifications, motivations, and cultural fit of the temporary employee,” Cates explains. “This has a high probability of leading to a permanent job offer for the new grad.”

“No one graduates from a university with the goal of getting a temp job, but too few job seekers see temp agencies as part of their job hunting strategy.”

No one graduates from a university with the goal of getting a temp job, but too few job seekers see temp agencies as part of their job hunting strategy. When deciding whether to apply for a temporary job, try to take the following items into consideration: 

  • Is the role contract to perm?

These are roles where the hiring company has made it plain that they hope to convert the contract worker to a full time, permanent employee. 

  • What are the odds that the temp job can convert down the road?

It is important to know before taking that contact job what the odds are of it converting down the road if it is not a “contract to perm” role. If there is no chance the role will convert, look at the job as something that will help build your resume and referral network as you build your career. 

  • How many full-time openings does the company have? 

A smaller company in need of temporary help may not have any long term openings. On the contrary, taking a temporary assignment at a company with over twenty openings may be the foot in the door you are looking for. 

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