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Poll: Hiring Outlook Optimistic for College Students and Recent Grads

Sometimes overlooked in a tight labor market, U.S. hiring decision-makers say their companies are optimistic about hiring a variety of groups this year, including recent college graduates, college students and vocational/career tech graduates.

This is according to a new survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

By segment, U.S. hiring decision-makers say their company plans to hire recent college graduates (48%), vocational/career tech graduates (37%), college students (36%), immigrant workers (18%), high school students (16%), retirees (15%) and/or disabled adults (14%).

“Recent Grads are top candidates of choice as they are blank slate for training yet come with a fresh perspective. Internally at Express Northern NJ, we value the ability to help all people learn new skills and have had great success with local college grads in sales and operations. Those employers not engaging with this part of the workforce are missing out,” said Michael Nolfo, Express Parsippany, Fairfield, Hawthorne, Hackettstown and Bloomfield franchisee.

These survey results from The Harris Poll are a good sign for those new to the workforce who need the experience of a first job, Express CEO Bill Stoller said.

“Younger employees deserve a chance to build their resumes early in their career, and it looks as if the market is picking them back up swiftly,” he said. “With the desperate need for skilled labor, these initial jobs allow them to explore different career paths and discover which industries are going to be most lucrative with in-demand positions while gaining experience.”

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