The hiring forecast looks bright for the class of 2015 — especially those with business and technical degrees, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
Sixty-five percent of employers told CareerBuilder that they’re looking to hire recent college graduates. Thirty-eight percent said they’re looking to hire business majors, while 27 percent are looking for computer and information sciences majors. Check out the 11 most-sought majors above. Hiring managers are looking to fill positions in information technology, customer service, finance, sales and business development, according to the survey from CareerBuilder.
One in three employers who plan to hire recent graduates expect to offer higher starting salaries this year than they did last year. Fifty-seven percent said starting salaries will not change.
These numbers reflect a national survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from Feb. 11 to March 6, 2015. 2,175 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes were surveyed.
CareerBuilder suggests college students start researching companies early and often during their college career. One in four companies start recruiting students before their senior year, according to the survey. CareerBuilder suggests updating social media to make it “employer friendly” and — when they start getting job offers — focusing on the whole compensation package, not just the salary. Students should be ready to highlight their “real-world learning,” including internships, volunteering and extra-curricular activities.
“One in five employers feel colleges do not adequately prepare students with crucial workplace competencies, including soft skills and real-world experience that might be gained through things like internships,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “Job seekers with a good mix of both technical and soft skills will have the best prospects right out of college.”
The top skills they lack are interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, oral communication and leadership. Click through the slides below to learn more about employers’ top concerns.