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Survey Indicates Internships Pave Way for Grads to Land Jobs

Sure, the market is challenging right now to land a job but what if you’re a current college student or recent graduate with limited work experience on your resume?

Pssst. Here’s a hint: Internships.

According to an Internships.com survey conducted last week, 69% of companies polled have offered full-time jobs to their interns in 2012.

Essentially an internship serves as a “new interview” as the critical selection step for both students and employers.

Stuart Lander, chief marketing officer at Internships.com told Forbes, “First and foremost, these results tell us that at a time when 54% of recent graduates are unemployed or underemployed, the best chance you have as a student not to be part of that statistic is to do an internship.”

He added, “You have a 7 in 10 chance of being hired by the company you interned with.”

As for more good news, two-thirds of employers polled revealed they believe a job candidate’s performance during an interview along with relevant work experience carry the most weight in their hiring decisions.

In addition, relevant work experience is more important to hiring managers than strong academic performance. To that point, employers indicated college/university preference is actually the least important hiring factor when extending job offers.

Convinced yet? Approximately 83% of employers said they would consider internship applications from recent college graduates. An even high number, 85% of employers, revealed hiring interns was a positive experience. And yes, 86% of students from the survey said yes, their internship was a positive experience as well.

Considering 63% of 2012 college graduates have completed at least one internship, it seems they’re recognizing the importance of hands-on work experience. And it’s a good thing they’re on board; about half of the companies surveyed plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.

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