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Only slight increase in available jobs for new grads

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers says companies anticipate hiring 2 percent more new college grads this year than they did last year. But that 2 percent is significantly lower than originally anticipated.

"The people that are getting the jobs are somebody that's been well-rounded and has been planning on getting a job for a couple of years, not two or three months," said Michael Hayes with Momentum Specialized Staffing.

And the Career Services department at Grand Canyon University agrees.

"We like to see students when they are a freshman and start to build that relationship where they're building the resume, and start networking now, so they've got that four years," said Jackie Smith, career services director at GCU.

But what about those students who are graduating now and don't have anything lined up?

"I think the most important thing they can do is network," Smith said.

So are ASU students having any luck?

"I've gotten a couple of recruiting calls through ASU's career link that they have, but other than that, it's all up in the air right now," said graduating senior Stephen Hutson.

"I didn't have any luck in the outside world, but within ASU I had made connections during my undergraduate by entering organizations and clubs. Through those connections, I was able to find work within ASU," said graduate student Mark Mills.

And since employers know that most new grads won't have real world experience, the next most important thing is self-confidence and likeability.

"Your record in the past with schooling and things like that is important, but people hire people that they like," said Hayes.

Hayes added that in addition to the recovering economy, the other thing holding back hiring is implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Once companies know much this could cost them, hiring could pick up or slow back down.

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