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2016 college grads: Prepare for a cutthroat job market

Sharon Florentine | July 1, 2016
The quarterly U.S. Hiring Trends Report from talent acquisition solutions provider iCIMS reveals that new graduates should prepare for some serious competition in the job market.

Landing a role as a mobile developer is becoming easier, though, as companies look to new grads and even high-schoolers and self-taught hobbyists to fill demand, says Stephen Zafarino, technical recruiting manager, IT recruiting and staffing firm Mondo.

"The market for mobile developers, iOS and Android as well as basic fundamental software development skills is still hot, but where this talent used to be rare and very expensive, now the employers we work with are willing to consider talent as long as they have an app or two they've created and some real-world experience," he says.

Java is another area that remains in high demand, especially at the junior level, and cybersecurity is a major focus for Zafarino's clients, especially those in the Washington, D.C. area.

"Companies in the District and surrounding areas, especially those that are governmental or are contractors to the government are snapping up every cybersecurity professional from the entry-level all the way up to CSOs and CISOs. Often, we'll see they have a job offer or an internship before they even graduate, and then they'll start the clearance process so they can hire them the day they graduate," Zafarino says.

While the class of 2016 is facing intense competition, it's clear their skills are in high demand; with patience and perseverance, many should be able to land a lucrative, fulfilling IT job, says Zafarino.

"This is definitely the place to be, in IT, if you're a new grad looking for a job. Make sure to take advantage of any and all opportunities to get hands-on, real-world experience; freelance, gigs or internship projects," he says.


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