College Grad Job Search Insights

Beyond.com just released results of a survey that provides interesting insights outlining some of the job search strategies used by today’s college graduates. Some of them are surprising. The study was conducted in partnership with the Wharton Small Business Development Center. Here are some of the highlights:

Graduating college students rely heavily on their university career centers…

Graduating college students prefer to use niche job sites over general job boards and social networking sites….

Most college students use social networking sites on a personal level, but are hesitant to leverage these sites for career-related purposes…

Seventy-five percent of students waiti to search for jobs until six months before graduation and are relying so heavily on their colleges to introduce them to employers…

Participants ranked online job boards among their top choices to find employment.  

Intriguing results particularly when it comes to college graduates NOT leveraging social media tools as a resource to either network and/or help find employment opportunities after graduation. The disconnect is a bit baffling given that college students are high volume users of Facebook and other social networking sites.