SFA Grads job hunt during recession

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Richelle Dillingham graduates from SFA in a couple of weeks. She's just beginning to surf the Internet for a job in her field of social work. She points to her online resume saying, "References, which I need to add on to." Richelle is finding the search is more than she bargained for. The recession worries her. Apprehensively she says, "Yeah, it really does. I just...I really don't want to talk about that. It just makes me so nervous every time I hear it. "

Career Services tries to ease the anxieties. "I wouldn't say it's the best time to be looking for a job, but I think there is plenty of opportunity out there," says assistant director Jenny Davis. In fact, company recruiters continue to interview and hire sfa graduates. "This semester at our job fairs, the companies that have come on campus to interview, our numbers have been consistent, about the same," said Davis.

Bonnie Walters is looking forward to one of those interviews from hospital recruiters. "I'm not worried at all." Walters can say that because she's a future nurse, an occupation offering many job opportunities. Smiling she says, "Yeah, it's awesome." Whereas journalism major Brittany Logan isn't as optimistic. "It worries me a little bit because I don't want to go live at home with mom and dad for awhile. So if I don't find a job then, I'll be stuck at home and doing a little part time work until something comes along my way."

Then there are a growing number of graduates who say, 'I'm not going to job hunt during a recession. They're doing something else. Walters has friends who have majors where jobs aren't easy to find. "A lot of people are even reconsidering their majors and trying to find a new major that's easier to get a job right out of school."

Counselors say before doing that graduates should thoroughly research their field. Career services offers many tools, including a new online job search program. Determination is the key.