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Poll results: What’s the most important factor when students and grads search for jobs?

Results of the most recent TalentEgg poll show that, above all else, the majority of students and new grads are looking for opportunities for advancement when they search for jobs.

 

What is the most important factor when students and grads search for jobs?What’s the most important factor when students and recent grads search for jobs?

More than one third of students and grads (34%) indicated that opportunities for advancement is the most important factor when they’re searching for a job.

About one quarter of respondents indicated that good salary (23%) and job training and support (25%) are the most important factors.

Perhaps surprisingly, the typical Gen Y stereotypes of work culture and work flexibility came in at only 11% and 5% respectively.

 

Recommendations for employers

These results indicate exactly how much information employers should provide about each of these factors in recruitment messages, including job postings.

Although it may be tempting to focus primarily on benefits, flexible working hours and office culture, career-minded students and recent grads really want to know to where and how quickly they will advance, and what kind of training and support you will provide on the job.

 

How are you making sure students and new grads know about the opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training offered at your organization?

 

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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.
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