A magnet pulls a block with a person on it out of a row of other similar blocks, as if choosing best candidate for hiring. This year’s graduates are awash with employment options, more than any previous graduating class: 11.3 million jobs currently open compared to 7.4 million in 2021. One of the greatest struggles for grads is how to start sorting the myriad options and narrow their search to roles they actually want. (Credit: Adobe Stock)

The job market looks a lot different than it did pre-pandemic, and the roughly 2 million college graduates set to join the workforce are entering during unprecedented times. To keep up with the current talent market, companies must know how to recruit, hire and onboard graduates who may feel some hesitation in beginning a career after nearly two years of being locked down and completing much of their degrees at home.

This large incoming class of graduates may have a sense of fatigue and burnout that previous graduates have not. Along with little or no pre-pandemic work experience to guide their choices, graduates need and deserve a different level of support as companies are looking to hire in a competitive marketplace.

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