Graduating students enter difficult job market

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The job market is tough for anyone, but especially for students fresh out of college. With unemployment rates improving across South Carolina, it's easy to think that anyone can find a job – but that's not always the case.

Many job seekers at Coastal Carolina University's job fair Wednesday are feeling frustrated with the market so far. Some say, they're finding it easy to get internships or even part-time jobs, but landing their dream job just hasn't happened.

CCU hosts four of these career fairs every year, but Wednesday's event set a record, according to Melissa Braunstein, the Placement Coordinator for the Career Services Center at CCU.

"This is the largest job fair that we've hosted at Coastal Carolina. We have 80 employers that are hiring part-time, full-time, and internship positions," explained Braunstein.

Braunstein also adds that CCU dropped their fees for companies to set up booths at the job fair. School officials say, they understand the economic times as well, and wanted to do everything they could to match up job seekers and employers in one place.

Braunstein says student turnout is usually around the 400 mark, but they're looking to surpass that number with this year's job fair.

However, it's not only CCU students who went to the campus, looking for work. Sean O'Connell drove from Clemson to attend the job fair.

"I consider finding a job, my job, so I do something every day, it might be 30 minutes, but it's usually multiple hours a day," said O'Connell. "It's just constantly sending applications. I've tried to send 5 applications a day, and yes, you hear back from some, but it's a lot more difficult than I thought it would be."

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