provide teens an "invisible curriculum'' that includes the work ethic, skills and experience required for post-graduation employment.
"Employers focus almost exclusively on educational background in the entry-level jobs
studied," wrote researchers Emily Johnson and Joanna Lahey.
New graduates "are really having a hard time getting an entry-level job
in hospitals," said Joyce Benjamin, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association.
Such experience allows graduating entry-level job
seekers to compete for high-paying programming, network-integration, graphic-design and information-retrieval jobs at many high-tech firms, Valente and other experts say.
He said he is the lucky one for once again being able to fall back on skills gained through an entry-level job
with a company that was willing to hire and train him.
Such planning is crucial despite strong demand, because there continues to be strong competition for the best entry-level jobs
. When employers come knocking, they will focus on "soft skills" not just academic achievement.
By including CollegeRecruiter.com's unique entry-level job
postings and internship positions in our search engine, we can offer college students and recent graduates that browse Trovit, fresh new opportunities at their fingertips daily," said Aisling Sanford, U.S.
When asked to forecast the entry-level job
climate, experts offered one basic advisory: Batten down the hatches for a long, stormy search.
The following are among the ways agencies and providers can address employers' needs: (1) expand the pool of qualified entry-level job
applicants through pre-employment job readiness programs and training; (2) reduce labor costs through financial incentives; (3) improve workers' reliability with work supports and income enhancements; and (4) help fund and coordinate customized training.
They would have discovered that where a candidate for an entry-level job
obtained their undergraduate degree is not as critical to the hiring decision as these parents seem to believe.
There's a moral point to this as well, as retail employment is a valuable, skilled but also entry-level job
for a massive sector - if these jobs suddenly disappeared, what do you replace this with?
The event is designed to provide experienced professionals and entry-level job
seekers with the opportunity to network with representatives from leading radio companies.