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2014 job outlook challenging for college graduates

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Before UW-L students put on their cap and gown and walk to receive their diplomas, they make the trip to career services.

"I have friends who graduated last year who still haven't gotten jobs. Part of the reason I went to grad school is because I knew a lot of the lab jobs I was looking at required a higher education," said Gina Labellarte, a second year graduate student.

She's finishing up school this year and has been meeting with a career services advisor to work on her resume. She hopes her masters in biology leads to a paycheck.

"The job market does appear to be slightly improved over last year. I'd emphasize slightly," said Tim Tritch, interim director of Career Services.

The job outlook for graduates was up 13 percent in 2013, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It's up almost 8 percent from that this year.

Since the recession, Tritch said he's seen a change in the way employers find new staff, especially when it comes to resumes.

"We started to see a real shift from employers, where employers expected each resume to be targeted to the individual job that students were applying to," Tritch said. "Where in the past, it was very common for students or job seekers in general to use a very similar resume each time they applied for a position."

Tritch said information technology, accounting and finance fields are hiring. A good sign the market is growing, he added, is that there are more posted jobs that will hire any major. That means the market isn't being as picky with their employees.

"I do see jobs out there -- it is overwhelming a little bit," Labellarte said.She's is hoping her education gives her that competitive edge so she'll be fully employed by the time she graduates.

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