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Job outlook for UW-Madison's class of 2012


MADISON (WKOW) -- Seniors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are preparing for graduation. With the economy slowly improving, we checked out the job outlook for them.

Leaders at UW-Madison tell 27 News it can be a struggle. With more people in the job market right now, you have to be aggressive.

Career services advisor Greg Iaccarino says in the past month, there has been a rise in the number of walk-ins by graduating seniors.

This is one resource students can use, up to one year after they graduate, to make sure they're on the right track. There they can polish interviewing skills, have their resume and cover letter checked, and also learn more about getting on social media websites like LinkedIn.

There's also a searchable job database, only students can use, called BuckyNet.

"This isn't Monster or general database, it's one specifically here at UW-Madison. We have them navigate the database and most importantly, network with professional organizations," said Iaccarino.

They also help graduates connect with local chapters with the Wisconsin Alumni Association. If you were looking to break into acting in Los Angeles for example, Iaccarino says there's a UW-Madison chapter there called the Hollywood Badgers.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports the median salary for recent college graduates is expected to rise about 4.5 percent from last year to about $42,569. 

For more information on UW-Madison Career Services, click here.

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