College students are putting the finishing touches on their resumes for
the annual Santa
Clara University Winter Career Fair, hoping to take advantage of
national data showing employers plan to hire more new grads in 2013.
Dozens of companies will be recruiting some of Silicon Valley's
brightest young minds at the Locatelli Student Center January 9 from 4
to 7 p.m.
The latest survey by the National
Association of Colleges and Employers says companies plan to hire 13
percent more new grads this year than last.
"They're looking for employees who are well-rounded, and can play well
with others," says Elspeth Rossetti, director of the SCU
Career Ceter. "Santa Clara University emphasizes educating the
whole person so, besides being polished and well-educated, SCU grads
have the 'soft skills,' the interpersonal skills, and the work ethic
that make them successful in the workplace."
are the top three companies who hire Santa Clara University graduates.
The SCU Career Center reports that among Santa Clara graduates Google
actually hires more arts and sciences majors than engineering majors.
According to Rossetti, it's a good reminder for any job-seeker to keep
"Students sometimes self-select themselves out of opportunities, but
they should remember to think outside their major. Tech companies often
hire arts and sciences majors and many companies are looking for
engineers, especially for computer science," says Rossetti.
Rossetti emphasizes that while computer and electrical engineers are in
demand, companies are also looking at finance, marketing, and
communication majors. There's also a good market for business and data
analysts, and the retail market has picked up.
About 70 companies are taking part in the 2013 winter career fair
including Cisco, AT&T, Oracle,
Many companies waited to see the resolution of the fiscal cliff to
decide their ability to recruit in 2013, but hundreds of positions are
now posted on company sites and the SCU Career Center's student-facing
Students, faculty and staff will be available for media interviews.
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