/ Asked by Tanya
I have noticed that due to the economy I am competing for my first job with people who graduated a year or two before me and have quite a bit more experience. Will employers take this into consideration? Do employers have any incentive to hire recent grads over others?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Congratulations on graduating! The most important thing to remember when starting your job search process is you can only control the way in which you present yourself from the application/resume throughout the interview process.. From this point forward you will probably be competing for jobs with individuals who may have more experience than you, however your job is to showcase for the interviewer the benefits of hiring YOU!  The best way to make a great impression is to come prepared, be sure and do your research and the most critical thing is to bring your confidence.  You can build your confidence in this situation by role playing the interview, get feedback and continue to work on your presentation skills, this will get you comfortable in the interview environment and you will become a star candidate. Employers are looking for the best employee, and if you can demonstrate through the interview that you have great learning agility and are eager to work for their company you stand a great chance of earning that position.  Best of Luck! 
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Monday, September 14, 2015
Congratulations on your graduation.  Looking for your first job can be a little daunting.  As you polish your resume ensure that you are including experiences such as leadership roles in the organizations and groups you participate in as well as relevant work experiences through your internships and other part-time work.  Your resume is likely the first thing many prospective employers will see of you so you want it to be an accurate reflection of your accomplishments and to be well organized and clear as how your experiences have prepared you for work with their company.  If you present yourself well and have relevant experiences to speak to you should not be at a disadvantage competing for entry level work.  Employers are looking for the most qualified candidates and work experience is not the only way to demonstrate that you are the most qualified for entry level positions.  Best of luck on your job search. 
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Many employers are searching for recent graduates for specific roles. Several organizations are beginning rotational programs and training programs for recent graduates. Employers do have an incentive to hire recent graduates because they are seeking talent this is fresh so they can mentor and groom them into builiding their talent pipelines. Recent graduates are becoming more competitive because they balance out senior level teams and also provide a pipeline of talent for organizations. I would target companies that have recent graduate programs so you can gain valuable experience at an entry-level skill set. I would also encourage you to continue your job search and ensuring your resume is polished that highlights all your work experience even if it's not a lot. I would also suggest looking into internships programs if you feel like you need some extra experience on your resume. Good luck!
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