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Employee Benefits Students Seek

It’s becoming more and more competitive out there – and I don’t mean among job seekers. Employers are competing with each other in an increasingly tight job market where college grads are highly desired. How are you competing? Benefits are ways you can set yourself apart from your competition.

Below is a summary of the results of the annual survey of graduating college seniors, conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

“When considering jobs and employers, which benefits do college graduates value most? They most want more than two weeks of vacation and tuition reimbursement for advanced education, according to results of NACE’s 2015 Student Survey.” Additional benefits of high value include: a company-matched 401(k) program, 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance, and guaranteed annual salary increases.

I thought it notable that the top two desired benefits are consistent with what we know are values of this tail end of the Millennial Generation – Life/Work Balance and interest in continuous learning and growth. Tropical-beach

The Class of 2015 Student Survey, was administered to 39,950 students at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels through NACE’s college members from February 11, 2015, to April 30, 2015. The focus of the survey report is the 9,184 bachelor’s degree students who indicated that they would be graduating—or already had graduated—during the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Source:  NACE Spotlight Article, Sept. 2015



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The latest on how to retain your best talent

Selected Findings of Randstad’s Employer Branding survey are shared here. The online interview, among 10,878 potential employees between the ages of 18 and 65, based the survey on perceived attractiveness of companies .

Why employees leave their jobs – it’s all about engagement and career growth

“Employees who have left their jobs in the past 12 months cite lack of career growth opportunities (26 percent) as the primary reason for leaving a company, followed by low compensation (23 percent) and poor leadership (19 percent).”

Among Millennial Generation workers, the response rate was ten percentage points higher than other groups, with 34% responding “when asked if lack of interest in their current jobs was a factor when considering changing jobs.”

It’s also about Life-Work Balance

“When asked what factor would encourage them to stay at their current companies, 48 percent of respondents selected work/life balance as the primary motivator, followed by competitive salary (34 percent)”, followed very closely (33 percent) by Flexible Working Arrangements.


Timing of the survey – Fall 2014

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It’s a Job Seeker’s Market!

Sharing with you part of an article I received from NACE, with my personal comments imbedded!

The average number of job postings has increased since a year ago, while the average number of applications per posting has dropped, according to NACE’s (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update.

Employers responding to the survey report an average of 148 job postings—up nearly 50 percent over last year.

True!  The Career Development Center has noted that the average number of internships and jobs posted recently within its Job & Internship Listings webpage has increased, from a previous post-Great Recession average of 1,100-1,200 to now 1,600-1,800.

Job Function categories with the highest number of postings (in order) include:

  1. IT
  2. Sales/Business Development
  3. Marketing/Brand Management

While more jobs are being posted this spring, the average number of applications reported by this year’s respondents has fallen by five applications per posting, possibly meaning less competition for more new jobs.

Anecdotally, we can back that up and have heard from employers wondering why they are not seeing more applicants – both for their specific openings and showing up at career fairs/events?   The only explanation we have is from the above – there is more to choose from?!

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The Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update survey was conducted from February 9 – March 23, 2015; the survey was sent to 1,029 NACE employer members; 162, or 15.7 percent, responded. By region, 25.5 percent of respondents are from the Northeast, 29.8 percent are from the Southeast, 33.5 percent are from the Midwest, and 11.2 percent are from the West.

Source: NACE – Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

May 27, 2015