As graduations are taking place across the country and the economy is remaining in a bad state, college graduates are faced with one of the most competitive job markets in years.
It's important to realize, however, that although employers are proceeding with caution, many of them are still hiring.
Forty-three percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2009, down from 56 percent in 2008, according to CareerBuilder's Annual College Job Forecast.
The survey was conducted among 2,543 hiring managers and Human Resource professionals from February 20 and March 11, 2009.
"While recent college graduates are facing a highly competitive job market right now, there are still opportunities out there," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.
"The biggest challenge is showing relevant experience, which employers say is one of the most important factors they look for in applications from recent college graduates. This isn't limited to professional work experience, so don't get discouraged. Class work, school activities and volunteering also qualify as relevant experience and can be included in your rÃ©sumÃ© as well."
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