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Finding a job right out of college still isn’t easy, but the market’s getting better.  Just four years ago, hiring managers told the National Association of Colleges and Employers that they planned to hire 20 percent fewer new graduates than the year before.  Not anymore.

Last spring, a CareerBuilder.com survey found that 62 percent of hiring managers planned to recruit new graduates in 2005, and one-in-four planned to increase starting salaries over last year.  Eighteen percent said they planned to hire more recent grads than they did in 2004.

Salaries are going up, too.  Twenty-eight percent of hiring managers planned to increase the starting salaries for recent grads in 2005, and only 6 percent planned to decrease them. 

And if you get a salary offer that wasn’t as high as you hoped, at least you won’t be the only one living off ramen.  Fifty-nine percent of hiring managers expected to offer less than $30,000, and 26 percent planned to pay $30,000 to $39,000.  Just 10 percent said they would offer $40,000 to $49,000 and 6 percent planned on $50,000 or more.

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OK, so you might not be rich right out of college, but at least starting salaries are rising.  Salaries for new grads were higher this year than they were in 2004, according to a survey released last month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Here are the average starting salaries for the some common majors for class of 2005:

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Let’s face it:  finding your first post-graduation job isn’t easy.  You’re already busy enough as it is — you’re cramming for finals, working two on-campus jobs, heading up a campus committee, and cashing in on drink specials at least twice a week.


To make things a little simpler,
CB Campus is dedicated to helping you find quality entry-level job postings and learn the skills you need to get the job offer – whether it’s writing a resume, picking out an interview suit or just curbing the urge to procrastinate.

This blog is one way we’re connecting with you.  Check back frequently, because we’ll post the latest job market stats, college job seeker survey findings, and expert advice on everything from picking a major to handling office politics.

We also value your comments.  So if you’ve got a tricky job hunting question, ask us.  If you have feedback, bring it on.  We look forward to hearing from you.

— Laura Morsch

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