College Students Still Optimistic About Job Market

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<strong>Minneapolis &mdash; Jan. 10</strong><br />Despite the continuing flat stock market, subprime mortgage scandals, fears of recession and uncertainty in the political arena, a large majority of college students and recent graduates remain optimistic about the prospects they face in the job market, but their optimism is not quite as strong as it was a month ago.<br /><br />CollegeRecruiter.com, the leading job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities, conducts a monthly poll in which candidates are asked, “If you were to start looking for a new job today, how many months would you expect it to take to find one?” <br /><br />In November, almost 75 percent of respondents expected it would take them three months or fewer to find a job, and fewer than 13 percent believed it would take them more than a year. In December, almost as many candidates expected that it would take them only three months or fewer to find a job, but only 5 percent believed it would take them longer than a year. In January, 69 percent expected it would take them only three months or fewer and slightly more than 8 percent believed it would take them longer than a year.<br /> <br />”We were quite pleased to see that the college students and recent graduates who use CollegeRecruiter.com to find internships, entry-level jobs and other career opportunities were confident about their ability to find a new job quickly,” said Steven Rothberg, president and founder of CollegeRecruiter.com. “We are, however, disappointed that their confidence seems to be waning. The slipping confidence is understandable given the economic, geopolitical and domestic political uncertainties.”<br /><br />CollegeRecruiter.com will update the CollegeRecruiter.com Job Seeker Confidence Index on a monthly basis. <br />

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