CAREER KICKOFF

BY: Adam Gavriel

College Graduates Seeing Lower Salaries

If this economic recession and sky-rocketing unemployment rates is affecting one demographic harder than others, its recent college graduates. The stresses placed on current college students (like myself) to find that perfect internship in order to best set ourselves up for that perfect job in the future is very high. From professors to parents they all think they know. Fact of the matter is it’s not that easy. With the inability to get the right experience we need, college students are hurt most when they finally get that job they’re eyeing.

College graduates from the 2009 and 2010 classes currently earn a median salary of $27,000 versus their counterparts from before the recession who earned $30,000 a year (according to a study at Rutgers University). That dip of $3,000 may not seem like much, but it’s a 10% decrease from its previous number.

Although the economic recession and unemployment rates definitely have a part in these decreasing numbers, the best way to change these statistics is to better ourselves. Although as a college student you may not have had the time to lock down three internships like your 4.0 GPA classmate whose graduating as the class valedictorian, there is still something you can do to set yourself apart from the field…

Perfect your resume.

The resume has been stressed almost in every blog here on out of our mind but that’s because of how important it is. Now, just over 2 weeks into my internship with Crossroads Consulting, LLCit has become very aware to me just how important a resume can be. Seeing upwards of 20 resumes a day that I receive via email, some of them I have a hard time forcing myself to hit the forward button through to Mitch Beck at Crossroads Consulting. The resumes that are five or more pages long dating back your work experience all the way to the 70’s are not what employers want to see. While having that experience is there, choosing how to be concise and economical with two pages is important.

Recent college graduates may have never gotten the training they need in optimizing their resume in order to best present themselves to potential employers. This is where Crossroads Consulting can come in handy for college students.

Crossroads Consulting, LLC is an executive search firm, recruiting top level talent for a lot of six-figure jobs, but we are also a full-time and permanent placement only employment agency where we try to help everyone we can in finding the right job opportunity that fits their skill set and background. With the resume optimizationservice we are waiting to help YOU. Although at the UB School of Management we are afforded the privilege of taking a class dedicated to resume and cover letter optimization many colleges do not offer these services. In fact, even at UB if you are not a business major you may not even know that resume services are offered to all students in Capen Hall (the more you know).

College students, you may not be aware of the services we can offer you at Crossroads Consulting. Now you are. Let’s start raising that number from $27,000 to over $30,000. Let’s begin to prove to employers that we’re qualified. Perfect your resume to show you off, and get yourself that interview you’re dying to get.

From people entering the job market to people getting so fed up they want to leave it, Crossroads Consulting can help on every level. Crossroads Consulting is here putting the “human” back into human resources. Do not hesitate to contact us for any of your employment needs.

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