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Hiring Managers Believe New College Grads Are Unprepared For The Workforce

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sixty-six percent of hiring managers believe that new college graduates are unprepared for the workplace that awaits them, according to a recent survey of hiring managers from Adecco Staffing US, the nation's leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. The survey found that, in fact, 58 percent of hiring managers are not planning to hire new grads and of those who are, 69 percent only plan to hire one or two.

When it comes to finding a job in this competitive job market, a flawless resume is critical. More than half (54 percent) of hiring managers don't even offer interviews to job candidates with weak resumes. What often gets a candidate in the door is attention to detail.  Hiring managers are most likely to cite spelling errors (43 percent) as the most common misstep that causes them to disqualify a candidate from consideration.  Spelling errors were considered a more unacceptable offense than any other gaffe including time gaps on a resume (5 percent).

To rise to the top of the resume pile, young adults must focus on being personable and engaged during the interview process. One-third (34 percent) of hiring managers said young adults' inability to directly and clearly answer questions and articulate their skills and experience during the interview are main factors for them not getting the job. Other slip-ups include: lack of eye contact (33 percent), checking phone/texting (30 percent), fidgeting (26 percent), and bad posture (22 percent). Some hiring managers (12 percent) also consider discussing the interview on social networks a mistake. Survey respondents also advise job candidates to be engaged, actively asking and answering questions, and authentic (33 percent and 29 percent respectively).

"The message from America's hiring managers on what makes a winning candidate is loud and clear," said Joyce Russell, president of Adecco Staffing US. "Beyond the tactical advice, the soft skills like confidence, a respectful demeanor and showing a genuine interest in the job are equally important for new grads to separate themselves from the competition during an interview."

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