Jobs for grads may be on upswing


2010 college graduates have notoriously had trouble finding jobs, but the good news is that may finally be turning around.

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Recent college graduates have had trouble finding jobs whether in their chosen field or outside of it, but that trend seems to be turning around.

Good news for grads is that employers plan to hire 5.3 percent more new graduates than last year, but 2009 grads are still suffering.

The 2009 grads who suffered in last year’s hiring dip have only added to the thousands of Oregonians fighting this year’s grads for jobs. At a recent job fair, [recent Lewis and Clark graduate Emily] Stevens stood in line for more than two and a half hours for a 10-minute interview at New Seasons.

For every job posting, employers these days are seeing about 40 applications from new grads, says Greg Flores, interim director of Portland State University’s Career Center. That means employers are increasing their expectations for applicants, especially in terms of work experience.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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