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Graduates 'very stressed' by job-hunting

Published: Friday, 26 October 2007   Category: Career Advice

Seven out of ten university leavers entering the graduate recruitment market find job-hunting very stressful, according to a new study.

The survey, undertaken by Just IT and published by onrec.com, also revealed that just four per cent of students turned to their university or tutor for help and advice for careers or employer applications, with eight out of ten looking instead to their friends, family or Facebook.

At the same time, just 62 per cent of those surveyed felt the CVs and application forms they submitted best reflected their abilities, with almost nine out of ten wishing they had received more advice on graduate recruitment processes before leaving university.

Sunil Duggal, managing director of Just IT, told the site: "There is a real lack of advice being offered to students while at university, despite nearly nine in ten graduates demanding more personalised advice from their careers services.

"Fuelled by their nerves and lack of university support, students are looking for alternative options to help them progress," he added.

Figures published by the Association of Graduate Recruiters predicted that the number of graduate careers will increase by more than 12 per cent in 2007, with average salaries for new graduates also expected to increase by 2.4 per cent from their 2006 levels. ADNFCR-1068-ID-18332515-ADNFCR

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