A mere 2% of companies are actively recruiting college graduates with liberal-arts degrees, according to a new study.
Not surprisingly, many more corporate hiring managers are on the lookout for engineering or business majors, according to the survey by Millennial Branding, a research and consulting firm, and Beyond.com, a career advisory website.
According to the poll, 27% of companies are seeking to recruit engineering and computer students, while 18% want business majors.
The low percentage of companies seeking liberal-arts majors isn’t a shock given the tenor of today’s job market. However, more than four in five human-resource managers cited communication skills as a top trait they’re looking for in job candidates, a skill typically in abundance among liberal-arts majors.
“In the current economy, majoring in liberal arts won't yield good job prospects, so you have to pair a liberal arts degree with business courses in order to become a more appealing candidate,” said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding.
The poll surveyed almost 3,000 job seekers and 281 human-resource managers.
As for getting hired, anyone who has ever blindly sent in a resume to a job board or website should take heart.
According to the survey, 45% of companies say they find candidates on job boards. Nearly one in five said they get candidates from their company websites. An additional 17% look to employee referrals.
More than 7 in 10 HR managers said that referral candidates get high priority when in job searches.
In the brewing debate about the value of a college degree, 73% of hiring managers said colleges are only “somewhat preparing” students for the working world.