You’ve got a 4.0, created the perfect resume, and established a flawless network of connections, but it takes a lot more than these things to gain the attention of employers. Today more than ever before, competition is fierce in the entry-level job market. As an entry-level job seeker, you’ve got to go above and beyond to outshine other job applicants.

This post is contributed by Heather R. Huhman

There’s no magic formula for catching the attention of every employer, but there are several ways you can gain an edge during your job search. The following infographic, compiled by InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers, showcases some job search facts and measures you should be taking to land your entry-level job before the rest of your graduating class. Here are a few noteworthy points:

  • Only 6.6% of students completed their first internship after they graduated
  • 47% of interviewers said little to no company knowledge is the most common interview mistake
  • 1 in 6 job seekers credit social media for their current job
  • About 81% of managers felt that volunteer work makes graduates more attractive job candidates

Take a look at the full infographic below!


What do you think is the best way to catch the eye of employers?