The summer is here and recruiters are looking for top talent to hire. Recent college graduates are among the most sought after to fill those positions. A survey by NACE shows that employers plan to hire 9.6 percent more graduates than the class of 2014. Why are employers hiring the most recent group to enter the workforce, and more importantly, are you looking at recent graduates as potential candidates? If you’re still stuck on the fence about the class of 2015, here are some qualities this group will bring to the table.
A breath of fresh air. A person who recently graduated and is new to the career world can be a perfect choice. You have the opportunity to hire someone free of any previous bad work attitudes or habits. A younger, recent grad can bring a spark of energy and a new perspective to your office. Going with a more forward, progressive hire, you are allowing your company to adapt and grow into tomorrow’s workforce. Compared to other seasoned candidates, recent college grads will be more likely to adjust and learn while also bringing creativity, innovation, and collaboration.
Experienced. When deciding which two candidates should get the job, having experience could be a tie-breaker. Nowadays, there are different types of “experience”. Instead of having 10+ years in one work setting, newer candidates and graduates are now entering the workforce with much more diverse backgrounds. Different internships here, self taught skills there, and lets not talk about all of the technological and social media experience new college grads have under their belt.
Money Saver. Yes, really. Many companies hate to admit it, but hiring workers fresh out of school is a penny saver. Money is not the most important factor to many graduates who often look for potential growth, applying their degree, and a positive company culture. Plus, graduates understand that they are starting at the bottom and will not expect the same pay a candidate with years of experience might. Think of hiring a recent graduate as an investment where the only direction to go is up.
When deciding to hire college graduates, it’s important to take all factors into account. Although these individuals are out of school, they are still learning and curious to see what your company has to offer. A refreshing candidate can bring positive energy, experience, and a lower pay stub. Still on the fence? Check out a previous Careerplug post on everything millennials, the current generation merging into the workforce.
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