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Job outlook mixed for this year's college graduates

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INDIANAPOLIS -

This weekend, thousands of Indiana college students celebrate a major milestone. Graduations are taking place at campuses all over the state.

Now that they'll have their diploma, will they have a job?

It depends on who you ask.

"I think overall, it's pretty good," says Gary Beaulieu, the director of Internship and Career Services at Butler University. Butler 's commencement ceremonies are scheduled this weekend at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Beaulieu continues, "I think you've seen over the past couple years job prospects get better for college students."

A recently-released survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that businesses plan to hire 2.1-percent more college graduates from the class of 2013 than they did from the class of 2012. Although it is an increase, it is down from the same group's predictions of 13 percent last fall.

"It's very competitive out there right now," explains Beaulieu. "They're competing with people who are seasoned as well as other new grads."

Experts agree those with strong backgrounds in science and math will likely have the best chances of landing a job post graduation.

But it doesn't guarantee success.

A survey from Adecco, a recruitment firm, found that 43-percent of managers said spelling errors on resumes automatically disqualified a graduate from being interviewed.

Beaulieu advises starting a year before graduation if grads want to find a job by graduation.

"I think they have to above all network," he adds. "A key to a successful job search is all about who you know, it's about presenting yourself to employers and meeting people on the inside."

Find out more about the NACE survey and what prospective employers are seeking.

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