Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the October 28, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
Colleges and universities are seeing a steady decline in students enrolling in computer classes and pursuing careers in the technology industry, reports Michelle Kessler in USA Today. A weak job market, the changing nature of technology jobs and the technology bust are reasons that students are tailing other career options. According to the Information Technology Association of America, the hiring of high-tech workers dropped 27 percent in the past year. More than 334,000 tech and telecom workers have lost jobs this year, according to employment firm Challenger Gray & Christmas. But tech companies are worried that shortages will arise in the next couple of years as fewer and fewer students get computer-related degrees.
- Roughly 20 percent of graduate students are receiving some financial assistance from their employers to attend schools; roughly 6 percent of the much bigger pool of undergraduates receive such aid as well.
- If one looks only at adult students, 24 percent of adults in post-secondary education programs of the kind that offered credentials (e.g., degrees or certificates) were receiving tuition assistance from an employer, and 53 percent were either receiving tuition support or paid time off from work.
- Financial assistance from employers is the most common source of financial aid. The average level of employer-provided assistance per recipient was equal to about a third of the average annual cost paid by post-secondary students.
- Almost a third of the survey respondents involving in the hiring process indicated that it required four or more people to make the hiring decision.
- For 58 percent of hiring managers, two to three people were involving in making the decision to hire.
- Nine out of 10 hiring managers felt that the right balance of education and experience was the most important criteria in evaluating candidates.
- Fitting into a company’s culture is important to 84 percent of the respondents.
- Seventy-eight percent of hiring managers indicated that they spend both time and effort in screening resumes sent to them by HR. Once screened, 55 percent felt the candidates provided by HR were well-qualified; however, 17 percent disagreed about the level of quality.
- 80 percent: Grades in college prep courses
- 52 percent: Standardized test scores
- 49 percent: Grades in all subjects
- 31 percent: Class rank
- 20 percent: Essay/writing samples
- 17 percent: Counselor recommendations
- 16 percent: Teacher recommendations
- 11 percent: Interview
- 8 percent: Community service
- 6 percent: Work/extracurricular activities
- 3 percent: Ability to pay
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