Achievers Class of 2013 Survey Results Reveal Dramatic Increase in Social Job-Seeking for College Graduates
Toronto and San Francisco – Achievers, the leader in employee recognition and rewards software, and ConnectEDU today announced the results of a comprehensive “Class of 2013” survey, revealing what recent graduates expect of the workplace, and what companies in search of new talent should expect from them. The fourth annual “Class of…” survey polled more than 10,000 graduating students across the U.S. Most notably, the insights reveal a 29 percent rise in the use of LinkedIn as a job-seeking channel from 2012 – marking an 800 percent increase in the use of the social platform in the past four years.
Additionally, the results demonstrate another year of exceedingly optimistic expectations on the part of Millennials – 20 percent of respondents anticipate being with their first company for ten years or more, while nearly 18 percent expect to find a job within a month of beginning the job search. These results have implications not just for potential employers’ recruiting strategies, but also for on-boarding and retention practices.
“These comprehensive survey findings are fantastic insight into this year’s graduating class, which makes up tomorrow’s top talent,” said Achievers Founder and Chairman, Razor Suleman. “The ‘Class of 2013’ report is a valuable component of any employer’s strategy for recruiting, retaining, and inspiring this year’s graduating A-players, including creating a strong employer brand to attract your company’s future leaders.”
The report outlines specific actions potential employers can take in order to better attract and retain top talent from this year’s graduating class, including social recruiting strategies, on-boarding solutions for acclimating and motivating new hires, and recognition programs to engage the new talent pool, 80 percent of which expect immediate feedback from their leaders.
About Experience, a ConnectEDU Company
Experience is the largest university-endorsed career network bridging the gap between college and the working world. Since 1996, we have partnered with universities to educate, assist and inspire college graduates to launch and lead extraordinary careers. Each year our award-winning network connects millions of candidates from 3,800 colleges and universities with more than 130,000 employers. ConnectEDU acquired Experience in 2011.
ConnectEDU is a privately held technology company, committed to preparing and transitioning 21st Century Learners on their pathways from school to college to career, helping them realize their potential, achieve a secure financial future, and ultimately connect to life’s possibilities. Today, ConnectEDU serves more than 20 million registered learners, 5,000 educational institutions, and 130,000 employers throughout 40 countries. Find out more at www.connectedu.com.