Career services professionals are cautious about employers “cherry picking” job candidates. Employers say that resume books are the answer to this and other dilemmas.
As employers begin to rely more heavily on the use of technology when screening job candidates, inherent biases within this technology have begun to be revealed in the documentary “Coded Bias.”
There are differences and similarities in the attributes employers seek when deciding between two qualified candidates for a full-time job and for an internship or co-op.
Employers report that internship experience is the most influential factor they consider when deciding between two otherwise equally qualified job candidates.
With fewer employers screening job candidates by GPA, it is increasingly important that college graduates demonstrate certain key attributes on their resumes.
As they are reviewing college graduates’ resumes this year, employers are focused on finding evidence of candidates’ problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities.
Employers selecting target schools
consider their previous recruiting experience at the school and its majors
offered the most important characteristics.
Beyond a strong GPA, employers most want
to see evidence of written communication skills on students’ resumes this year.
Eight of the 10 top majors in demand by employers at the bachelor’s degree level fall in the business category, continuing a shift away from high-tech majors.
Career services practitioners helping students with their resumes should advise them to emphasize their problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities.
KPMG’s formal referral program enables partners to refer college students to the firm and has helped alleviate the burden on its campus recruiting team.
Employers that want to attract and retain the best employees should focus on engaged students.
Disney Campus Recruitment works to make its job candidates know they won’t get lost during the application process.
Not only do employers look for certain attributes, skills, and qualities in their candidates, but employers also consider new grads’ work experience.
For the second straight year, the percentage of employers that expect to hire international students has fallen.
The first attribute that makes or breaks employers’ further review of a candidate’s resume is GPA, followed by an ability to work as part of a team.
When two candidates are equally qualified for a position, employers indicate that academic major is still the deciding factor in their hiring decisions.
Identifying schools to target for recruitment is critical to the overall success of your recruiting effort. Approach school selection strategically and base your decisions on a foundation of solid data.
Only 7 percent of hiring managers feel that “nearly all” or “most” job seekers have the right combination of skills and traits that their companies need to fill open positions. However, these same hiring managers also reported that they commonly see essential, individual skills—such as accountability, problem-solving, and time management—among candidates. Thus, while many candidates have something to offer, if they don’t have everything, they don’t get the job.
Average percent of eligible interns converted to FTE
2021 Internship & Co-op Report
Average percent of eligible interns receiving a job offer
2021 Internship & Co-op Report
Mean hourly rate for bachelor’s-level intern
2021 Guide to Compensation for Interns & Co-ops
Percentage of employers who screen candidates by GPA
Job Outlook 2021 Spring Update
Percent of employers expecting to conduct “hybrid” internship programs this summer
Spring 2021 Quick Poll: Summer Internships and Fall Recruiting
Percent of employers who expect internship programs to have a virtual component
August 2021 Quick Poll: Fall Recruiting