Students Cite Internet as No. 1 Source of Job Info.

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<p><b>Milwaukee &mdash; March 5</b><br />CollegeGrad.com, an entry-level job site, has released its survey results on what college students view as the best sources of entry level job information.&nbsp; </p><p>Among those polled, 59 percent named the Internet as their best source for job information.<br /><br />&quot;There has been a fundamental shift in how college students conduct their job search,&quot; said Brian Krueger, CollegeGrad.com president. &quot;As recent as 10 years ago, the Internet was only a minimal factor in the entry-level job search. Now, it is the dominant way that college students search for entry-level jobs.&quot;<br /><br />With the advent of powerhouse search engines, free online encyclopedias, job networking sites and more, the Internet has become the standard method for nearly all research, especially job research.<br /><br />&quot;Instead of recommending that we look in our textbooks for information, my professors will often tell the class to &#39;Google it,&#39; if we don&#39;t know something,&quot; said Kelsey Paulson, senior biochemistry major at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.&nbsp; &quot;And the Internet is definitely the first place I go to research grad schools, employers, jobs and other career information.&quot;<br /><br />College students are typically tech-savvy, and they know right where to go to research the latest news, trends and other information needed to conduct a well-informed job search.<br /><br />Krueger advises students start putting those skills to good use early in their college career.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;Graduation is too late to start the job search process,&quot; Krueger said. &quot;Students need to start finding all the Internet resources available to them early in their college career and then learn to use those resources in their job search.&quot;<br /><br />The other sources noted in the survey results, job fairs, career centers and classmates, altogether totaled less than the Internet as a source.<br /><br />&quot;The Internet is even more important to college students than other job seekers, since it provides them with a more level playing field in competing for entry level jobs with students from other colleges,&quot; Krueger said. &quot;College grads are no longer restricted to interviewing only with those companies that are coming to their campus.&quot;<br /><br />The following are the overall survey results:<br /><br />What is your best source of entry level job information?</p><ul><li><b>The Internet: 59 percent</b></li><li><b>Job Fairs: 19 percent </b></li><li><b>Career Center: 13 percent</b></li><li><b>Classmates: 9 percent</b></li></ul><p>The survey was conducted nationally using an online poll placed on the CollegeGrad.com home page during January 2007.&nbsp; </p><p>The results are based on more than 500 respondents.</p>

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