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Like the classes that preceded them over the past few years, the Class of 2010 were most likely to conduct their job searches by viewing company web sites, checking job postings on company and career center web sites, networking, and attending career fairs.

But results from NACE’s 2010 Student Survey suggest that the Class of 2010 was less engaged in the job search than their predecessors, with a smaller percentage of students using various activities to help them secure a job. In fact, it appears that one way many 2010 grads responded to the depressed job market was to avoid it.

Approximately 46 percent of seniors taking part in the survey who reported they were looking for a full-time job said they had actually applied for a position at the time of the survey; while that’s a significant jump from the 42 percent who did so in 2009, it’s below the percentages for the Class of 2007 (50 percent) and Class of 2008 (48 percent).

Major played a significant role in determining who did—and who didn’t—apply for a job before graduation. Two-thirds or more of those majoring in accounting, engineering, or computer science had applied for a job by the time of graduation, while around 50 percent of those studying a liberal arts field had done so.

NACE’s 2010 Student Survey was conducted February 9, 2010, through April 30, 2010. More than 31,470 students representing more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide took part; more than 13,000 of those were graduating seniors. A final report on the study’s findings will be available in late September.