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:
- Sales/Business Development
- 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?!
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