The time in your life when you leave university and you suddenly have to start searching for entry level jobs can be frightening and confusing. For University of Oregon students there are number of challenges to overcome when job hunting.
Competition for jobs: It has been widely documented throughout the media that the number of applicants per job opening is steadily increasing, meaning that there is more competition than ever for fewer jobs in the marketplace. If you have just graduated, you will be competing with other graduates in Oregon for the same entry level positions. This means that making an application stand out from the crowd has never been more important.
Lack of work experience: It is extremely valuable to have a university degree, but many employers often require a certain amount of work experience as well as exemplary qualifications. The candidate with a degree and work experience will almost always get the job.
Industry specific jobs: For graduates who wish to find jobs in a specific niche that is struggling within the area of Oregon, landing that perfect first job will certainly be a challenge. Particular sectors of work with high volumes of applicants and fewer jobs include arts and entertainment, educational services, and the manufacturing industry.
Overcoming these obstacles
Although there are challenges facing students of the University of Oregon searching for recent graduate jobs, there are still ways of overcoming these challenges and finding a route into employment. FirstJob’s Job Match service can match graduates with jobs that are suited to their skillset to ensure that they rise above the competition in the application process. Via FirstJob, graduates can find internship opportunities as well as entry-level jobs, helping to boost the work experience credentials of graduates. And for graduates who are struggling to find work within a particular industry, it is a good idea to apply for jobs in related fields to maximize the chances of securing employment, and further down the line those students will be able to apply their newly acquired skillset in the more competitive job sector of the choice.
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