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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's not a good time to be graduating from college and looking for work. Not only are graduating seniors competing with each other for fewer positions, but they also face competition from laid-off employees, some with years of experience.

But some industries are still looking to hire fresh faces.    

Companies set up at the HYPER gym and around the country know it's an employer's market right now.

"With our last job post, it's a 100% increase in the volume of applicants that we normally get," said Keith Sigmann of CSX railroad.

And that is what Albany State University's Class of 2009 are up against. "With the economy being the way it is, they are competing against people with PhD's who are willing to take entry level positions,"  said Career Development Specialist Jackie Dent.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies expect to hire 22%fewer graduates than they did last year. And that is why Career Development Specialist Jackie Dent is pushing graduates to be flexible. "Being flexible means being able to relocate. Sometimes that means being able to look outside of your field of study. Concentrate on your major, but also concentrate on your skills."

Despite the decrease, some sectors are hiring graduates. Logistics, transportation, and utility companies expect to increase hiring by nearly 70%.  "The federal government has a vast amount of jobs. In fact that federal aviation specialist stated that they have so many jobs they can not even fill all of the positions," said Dent.

There is definitely still opportunity. This year will definitely be tough. CSX is looking to train between 15 and 20 people as field managers. "Anything they can learn about the company they are interested in and getting that direct exposure will definitely help them," said Sigmann.

No matter what kind of job you're looking for, recruiters say if you continue to keep your skills updated and remain flexible you will eventually find work. Recruiters say despite more people looking for work, college graduates do hold an advantage because they usually know the latest developments in their field of study.

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