Adults between the ages of 18 and 20 years old are the most optimistic about job prospects, according to a Monster report.
Nearly 60% of graduates expect to find a job less than two months after graduation, according to a Monster report released on Friday. The report surveyed 350 young adults in the US between the ages of 18 and 26, who are expected to graduate in 2019 from any sort of degree program.
The report assessed the young graduates’ feelings about the job market, as well as their outlooks on potential jobs. Overall, the Class of 2019 was optimistic, the report found, with more than a quarter (28%) saying they expect to acquire a job in less than a month after graduation.
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With the US unemployment dropping to 3.6% as of May 2019, the lowest it’s been in nearly 50 years, recent graduates are confident that they will be able to get a job post grad. Women (33%) and 18 to 20 year olds (41%) reported the highest rates of confidence in their job prospects, the report found.
Young adults are using a wide array of tools to job search. The most common form of job searching for recent graduates includes looking directly at specific companies of interest (47%), leveraging word of mouth (43%), and job boards (35%).
Nearly 15% of job seekers now find jobs through social media, especially men, according to the report. Men (35%) are more likely than women to use Instagram to find a job, indicating that LinkedIn isn’t the only social media network people are using for networking.
Despite their confidence, the job search is still stressful for young adults. When preparing for an interview, more than half of respondents (55%) said they felt stressed about completing a job assessment to see if the job is the right fit. Some 51% of respondents said they were also anxious about wearing the correct attire for the interview.
The top factors young adults consider during the job search process, according to the report, include location (32%) and starting salary (32%).
For more, check out TechRepublic’s article on the highest paying entry-level tech jobs of 2019.