Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all.
Last week's release of the November unemployment and hiring statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor indicated a gradual but definite improvement in the US employment market. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, the lowest in almost four years, and 146,000 jobs were added to the economy, according to the Boston.com story on the jobs report.
This positive news was in contrast to expectations in the media, which had initially anticipated an uptick in the unemployment rate as an after-effect of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the ongoing battle over the "fiscal cliff" in Washington. Additionally, the National Association of Colleges and Employers released a report of survey findings last month (NACE Job Outlook 2013) that indicated employers are looking to hire 13% more college graduates in 2013 than they did in 2012.
With the job market shaping up to be the best in years, it is time now to get started on preparing to enter the workforce - no matter what your class year. Stop by the Career Education Center to get advice on how to network, what industries are a good fit for your skills and interests, how to find an internship and turn it into a full-time position, or to just brush up your resume and cover letter. The CEC can also help you prepare for that big interview, or give you tips on how to negotiate once you have that job offer in hand.
Meanwhile, you can get started on the CEC website with the Undergraduate Career Toolkit.