Optimistic future for new college graduates

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A study conducted by careerbuilder.com shows that 53% of employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2013. That is nearly a 10% increase over the last 3 years.

The improving economy has the job market also on the rebound, and college graduates are optimistic about their futures.

"I think there is a good job market," says Colorado Mesa University senior Andrew Johnsen, "I think people just get so stuck in one job and that’s all they can do. I think they just need to broaden their horizons and there is hope”.

That doesn't mean finding a job is easy, though.

“The trend has been over these last few years is that everybody is competing for a limited amount of jobs” says business services manager of the mesa county workforce center Suzie Miller. But she does believe recent graduates do have an advantage.

“Where our young graduates that are just coming out of college have an advantage is with their technical abilities and were seeing more and more jobs that require more and more technical ability” says Miller.

Overall, regardless of the degree someone seeking a job needs to make sure they present an attractive package to employers. That includes highlighting relevant non-work experience, networking, and doing homework on companies before applying.

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