Graduation is upon us and along with the excitement comes inevitable nerves. It's an overwhelming process preparing for the next chapter of your life, and to add an extra layer, there are more college graduates this year than ever before. Linkedin analyzed the classes of 2016 and 2017 to find out what roles, companies, industries, and locations they landed.
Now's The Time To Apply!
The study shows that most graduates were hired between April and June in 2017, so get those applications in stat. If this window is too soon, August is another prime time to submit your professional materials.
Give thought to your resume, Linkedin, and cover letter so that you shine brighter than the other candidates. On average, entry-level jobs receive 60 applications on Linkedin.
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Popular Roles & Salaries
Among 2016-2017 graduates, these are the top 10 most-applied-for jobs on Linkedin and their average salary.
1. Software Engineer - $92,000
2. Investment Banking Analyst - $85,000
3. Marketing Coordinator - $45,000
4. Graphic Designer - $45,000
5. Assistant Media Planner - $58,000
6. Account Executive - $60,000
7. Business Analyst - $70,000
8. Recruiter - $48,000
9. Account Coordinator - $40,000
10. Administrative Assistant - $38,000
Soft Skills & Digital Competence Are Paramount
Many of the 2017 graduates that got hired featured soft skills and digital literacy on their professional materials. Here are Linkedin's top 10 skills for graduates who left school with a job:
1. Microsoft Office
2. Customer Service
4. Public Speaking
5. Social Media
7. Time Management
10. Event Planning
Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring New Grads
Linkedin looked at the top 10 cities hiring new graduates and -- to nobody's surprise -- New York, NY is at the top of the list with San Francisco, CA coming in second. Dallas, TX made its way as #7 followed by Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA hitting #10.
Linkedin also found that small business (1-200 employees) post more entry-level positions than other sized companies.
There are 1 million entry-level jobs to explore on Linkedin. Class of 2018, launch into the working world with a job that makes you happy!
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Sarah Sax is the founder of Write For The Job.