As graduation day approaches for college students, online apartment-listing service Apartments.com has released its annual ranking of the “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates.” And Charlotte is No. 2 on the list.
“Conventional wisdom has been to go where the job takes you,” said Dick Burke, president of Apartments.com, said in a news release Wednesday. “However, for today’s young professionals who want to have more input into where they start their lives, our list helps identify cities that offer the best overall opportunity for employment and long-term career growth, affordable living and a vibrant culture that caters to young adults. We hope this information will help new grads feel more informed and confident about making these major life decisions.”
According to the list, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Queen City runs $953 per month — considerably more than the $707 one would pay monthly in Cincinnati, No. 6 on the list, but less than the cost in top-ranked Denver, where the average rent is $1,248.
But Apartments.com says its study takes unemployment rates and demographics into account, as well as affordability versus median income.
“We believe a low unemployment rate contributes to a flourishing community with more job opportunities across the board, which is good not only for entry-level positions, but also as an indicator of potential as a person moves through his or her career,” Burke says.
Cities with unemployment rates above 7 percent were eliminated.
The Charlotte metro area’s jobless rate stood at 6.4 percent in February, according to the latest figures from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Open positions cause concern.
With demand outpacing supply for many positions, 54% of survey takers say a headhunter has contacted them in the past year. Perhaps not coincidentally, IT managers are struggling to fill open positions; half of the managers surveyed by Computerworld report that it has taken at least three months to fill open IT positions in the last two years.
While positions remain unfilled, projects pile up for current IT employees. Some 26% of respondents said that in the past year their working conditions were significantly affected by unfilled open positions, compared to 20% in 2013. A third of survey-takers said they were affected by new understaffed projects.
Accrue’s Principal Partner, Patty Comer, participates as a mentor in Charlotte’s first-ever Bizwomen Mentoring Monday hosted by the Charlotte Business JournalApril 8th, 2014 by accruepartners
Nearly 300 Charlotte-area women braved the chilling rain Monday morning to be a part of the first-ever Bizomen Mentoring Monday event, hosted by the Charlotte Business Journal in tandem with our sister publications across the country.
In all, more than 9,000 took part in the event in 40 cities.
With CBJ corporate parent American City Business Journals Inc. leading the push, the event served as a kickoff for Bizwomen.com— a collection of news coverage, perspectives and resources catered especially for women in business.
Mentoring Monday featured a broadcast interview with Lori Griener of the ABC hit show Shark Tank, followed by one-on-one speed-coaching sessions with some of the most influential women in the Charlotte business community. A few of our mentors taped brief comments and advice at the event; you can see videos of those interviews here.
Local sponsors included CliftonLarsonAllen, Northeastern University-Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College’s Harris Conference Center as host sponsor. Local partners were CREW Charlotte, the Charlotte Chamber and WBT-AM.
At the national level, sponsors were ADT Security Services, CBIZ, Edward Jones, Liberty Mutual Insurance and PNC Bank. Partners were the American Business Women’s Association, or ABWA, and the National Association of Women Business Owners, or NAWBO.
Look for Mentoring Monday to roll around again next spring. But remember that Bizwomen is a year-round affair. Keep up with the conversation on social media by following the #Bizwomen hashtag and @bizwomenTBJ handle on Twitter and connecting with the Bizwomen group on LinkedIn.
Recently we were very pleased to hear from one of our clients about team member. We are very proud to have this sort of recognition for our efforts to build the relationships & trust of our clients. Please see recent correspondence below regarding Erin Martys – Staffing Manager of Information Technology for AccruePartners.
If you did not already know, I wanted to share with you what a fantastic employee you have in Erin Martys. I have been searching for a job with two of your competitors; one of them for around a year and it has been like night and day comparing Erin’s services with theirs. I did not expect nearly as much help as she has given based on my interaction with the other two companies.
It’s rare to find this kind of service in anything and I have been blown away with all of the effort and research she has done on my behalf. When I didn’t have much time available, she went out of her way to meet me in the town I live in at 8 AM on a Saturday morning because it was convenient to me. She gave me great advice on everything regarding the company I was interviewing with and answered every question I had. I haven’t interviewed in nearly 20 years and she helped me feel comfortable with the process, her confidence and positive attitude were contagious. It felt more like a friend helping me find a job and made me feel like I had a huge leg up on my competition.
I hope I won’t need your services again anytime soon but if and when I do, I will make sure to contact her for help again. If I know of anyone looking for a job, I will definitely recommend Accrue Partners to them.
Thank you Erin for your attention and work to make AccruePartners who we are.
We are excited to announce our newest placement, Valarie Gardiner, in her new role as an HR Representative! Valarie was working with recruiters Julie Sass and Brianna Shait. We wish her the best in her new role!
Accrue visits a global manufacturing client to discuss IT and Engineering needs. We love seeing our clients operations in action! Client visits result in better matches for both sides of the equation; candidate and client.
AccruePartners offers local strength and national reach in the Staffing and Executive Search industry. Our team of seasoned recruiters act as an extension of your team so that we can precisely match qualifications, cultural fit and long-term compatibility – ensuring lasting and successful placements for each of our clients. View the video below to gain a better understanding of how AccruePartners will work with your company to ensure a successful placement!
AccruePartners is pleased to announce the recent addition of Michael Kuebler as Executive Recruiter to the Information Technology team. A rising star in field of Information Technology, Mike has over three years of IT Staffing and Executive Search experience.
Mike received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. During his college career, he focused his degree in Marketing and Management while working on campus as a Career Education Officer. Shortly following graduation, he spent a year and a half in Dallas, TX in Business Administration where he gained field experience and began his recruiting career.
“Mike’s handwork and passion for recruiting has made him a strong asset to the AccruePartners team” states Patty Comer, Principal Partner at AccruePartners. “We look forward to his continued growth and success in the industry.”