Hiring and retaining the class of 2012

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Recruitment event at the University of Birmingham

Achievers and Experience, Inc., recently asked about 8,000 students where they plan to look for jobs, what motivates them and what it will take to retain them. With nearly 3.4 million Millennials graduating from college and entering the workforce this year, it’s crucial for employers to understand what attracts top talent. (Research Source)

Here are some highlights from the findings:

How they hunt for jobs
Thirty-five percent of Millennial plan to use LinkedIn as a primary source for their job hunt, up from a meager 5% in 2010.
83% percent of Millennials use some sort of social media site right now, but don’t abandon the traditional methods.
When asked to rank six job search methods in order of importance, the majority said they are still relying on the old-fashioned approaches.
About 88% of respondents said they plan to go straight to the source and submit an application directly to the company.
73% said they’re most likely to utilize a career services center on campus.
72% will search for jobs at a networking or recruiting event.
Social media sites still aren’t the primary tool for job searches among students, but 7% plan to use Facebook and 5% said they’ll use Twitter to look for jobs.

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This company was hiring computer engineers and asks them to solve those equations in order to find out the right phone number to call and schedule the interview.

What’s most important to them when making a decision?
51% said salary
54% of students said career advancement opportunities
51% said doing interesting and challenging work

The average tenure of employees in the U.S. is 1.5 years, according to the Department of Labor, but 21% of respondents expect to stay with their first employer for 5 years. An even more ambitious group, and the vast majority (22%), estimate they’ll stay for more than 10 years.

College recruitment on campus is still a big factor in attracting the right students. Is it time to blow the dust off your campus recruitment plan and build a presence there again?

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About Jason Bakker

Jason Bakker is a native Minnesotan and has been working in the area of youth marketing for nearly a decade. He currently works with Minneapolis based Campus Media Group as the Director of Marketing and is responsible for following trends in the ever-changing landscape of youth culture and media usage, and for consulting advertising agency and national brand professionals on how to develop integrated marketing programs that reach college youth.

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