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It's crunch time: college students prep for job market

ASU advisor Tracy Williams ASU advisor Tracy Williams
Courtley Dean, student Courtley Dean, student
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

College students are just a couple of weeks away from walking the stage, which means its' crunch time for job applications.

The interview process can be a tricky, every employer has their individual need but there are a few things they can all agree on.

"[Students] that present themselves well, that they have an academic background that supports being a quick learner, working with people so they have teamwork skills, able to think critically and then apply their knowledge," ASU career service director Tracy Williams said.

That's why Albany-based colleges are prepping their students, with only two weeks left in the school year, they want to make sure their soon-to-be-graduates are ready for the expanding job market.

The ASU career service center has been hosting mock interviews to help students feel more comfortable discussing their work and experience.

"Everytime I come I'm not as nervous as I was before, I am familiar with how interviews normally go," student Courtley Dean said.

Dean is a business major, she hopes to one day to become her own boss.

"I see myself as a leader, and I feel that I have those qualities to lead more individuals," Dean continued.

"Business will always be those hot areas for career opportunities, nursing is increasing in terms of openings."

This also applies to studies in science, technology, engineering, and math. Career center advisors say even if you have a great resume, having the ability to interview well will give you a significant boost. They say research is key.

"To prepare yourself very, very well in terms of statistics, environment, the type of position, roles and responsibilities," Williams said.

According to recent survey, the hiring of college graduates is expected to hike 16% this year.

Williams' feels with the amount of training their students go through from resume writing to presentation, they can leave feeling confident, putting them closer to snagging the job.

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