As the economy improves, employers across the nation are ramping up hiring and networking efforts to find the best employees. In January 2015, employers added more jobs than forecasted and posted the biggest three-month job gain in 17 years. The unemployment rate for those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher also decreased to just 2.8 percent (compared to 5.7 percent for the adult population). What does it all mean? We’re now in a job-seeker’s market—but even with the increase in jobs and pay, it’s critical job-seekers find ways to match what employers want and set themselves apart.
Rasmussen College surveyed more than 260 employers about what job-seekers can do—and shouldn’t do—to make a good first impression when networking. The great news, according to the survey, the most important steps job-seekers can make are completely within their control such as dress professionally and have a well-written resume. And you may be surprised by some of the common mistakes job-seekers are making. Check out the infographic below to see what employers want and then stop by one of the upcoming Rasmussen College Community Career Fairs.