“Surprisingly Sexy Jobs” – Some Options for New Grad Job Seekers
Posted on: May 10th, 2017

All Business Networks recently featured advice for new grads looking for their first career and suggests casting a wider net towards industries that might not seem “sexy”, but can offer excellent career paths, salaries, and overall utilization of skills. CEO Brian Weed also offers some suggestions of potential industry fit based on college major as a starting point. Visit All Business to read more!

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Why New Grads Still Struggle to Find Good Jobs
Posted on: December 19th, 2016

CNBC recently featured an article written by GradStaff CEO, Bob LaBombard, focusing on the state of recent college graduates entering the workforce. The article highlights the findings of a survey conducted by GradStaff, which asked over 500 recent grads to reflect on the success of their current job search. The survey showed that new grads aren’t necessarily struggling due to tough competition or bad luck, instead the data showed that the majority of recent grads are simply unsure about where they fit in the workplace or what to apply to with their major. The numbers behind these statistics show that there’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of preparing graduates for their job search and life after college. You can read the full story by following the link HERE.

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The Role of Small Businesses in Economic Equality
Posted on: October 18th, 2016

GradStaff CEO Bob LaBombard was recently part of the discussion panel at the 52nd annual Gustavus Adolphus Nobel Conference. Year in and year out, the conference covers a wide range of social and scientific issues, with this year’s main discussion gearing toward “economic balance in everyday life.” LaBombard, and other panelists, pointed to the slowdown of growth and development of new small businesses as a big contributor to the slow decline of the middle class.

With over 70% of new jobs in 2015 being created by companies of 500 employees or less, it is obvious to see that if this decline continues, it could cause an even bigger problem within the economy, as well as create more challenges among young job seekers. GradStaff understands how important small businesses are to the U.S. economy and strives to help these businesses find great employees for their entry-level job openings. The future of these companies lies in the hands of new graduates, and the future of a lot of recent graduates currently rely, and will continue to rely on jobs created by small businesses. To learn more about the discussion, you can read the full article by following the link HERE.

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Could Your Next Interview Be Conducted By a Computer?
Posted on: July 5th, 2016

Fewer and fewer companies these days are visiting campuses to recruit and conduct in-person interviews with potential candidates. GradStaff CEO Bob LaBombard was recently featured in an article by CNN Money that looks into how technology is changing how companies hire. “A generation ago, LaBombard says: “The employer came to the candidate. Now the candidate has to find the employer.”” Many see both pros and cons to technology playing a larger part in the way that companies hire. With all of these changes it’s easy to see why college grads need all of the help they can get to land good jobs out of school. To read the full article on CNN.com, click HERE.

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GradStaff VP Shares Her Success Story
Posted on: June 14th, 2016

GradStaff’s Jackie Schlaikjer talks about how she eschewed the typical route expected of anthropology majors and leveraged her degree successfully in the workplace.

It is graduation season again and if you attend a graduation ceremony for one of the more than 1.6 million new grads there is no doubt you will overhear a caring relative ask “Congratulations, now what’s next?” only to get a hesitant and unclear response.

How It All Started

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As many do, I fell in love with anthropology while searching for my degree path. The mixture of history, psychology, research, and analysis excited me (as did the mental picture of hacking through the forest with a machete to uncover long-forgotten temples.)  The life of an archaeologist was intriguing, but not necessarily realistic as I continued my education. After graduation I found myself leaving the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and no clue about what to do next.

Several months of job searching amounted to nothing. Applications for entry-level field archaeologist positions received no reply because I did not have extensive fieldwork on my resume. Museum jobs are few and far between, though volunteer spots are always open. The initial feelings of excitement that I had to enter the “real world” soon turned to sheer frustration and discouragement.

How a Change in Perspective Changed My Career 

Luckily, I connected with a company called GradStaff that focuses on helping new grads connect with employers hiring for entry-level positions – an excellent resource for those with an unclear career path. They helped me put a definition to what my studies and life experiences have given me – a list of transferable skills.

We talked about likes and dislikes in my previous school and work experiences, my accomplishments, and my goals for the future. I learned that my anthropology degree set me up for success in many ways, I just wasn’t aware of them. Primarily, my degree honed my critical thinking skills through research and writing projects where decisions are based on facts and extrapolation. Leadership skills also shone through in group settings, as did time management and initiative. My anthropology degree had shown me that I enjoy working with people by listening, helping, and problem solving. The ability to “dig” through the din and put together a complete assessment of a concept, concern or idea was one of my biggest assets.

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GradStaff gave me a chance as an entry-level administrative assistant and over the past ten years my transferable skills have helped me advance to become Vice President of Corporate Support. While my days aren’t spent deciphering glyphs or researching the fate of the Easter Island population, uncovering issues and finding solutions is what I do.

Conclusion – Apply it to Your Job Search

All new job seekers blazing an uncertain trail through the uncharted wilderness should spend time evaluating experiences, and not just work experience. Focus your research on you first. Ask yourself the when, why, and how of what you do and what you enjoy, on a macro level. Research potential employers of all industries and keep an open mind. You don’t have to use a trowel to use your degree.


Jackie Schlaikjer is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Support for GradStaff, Inc. A graduate of The University of Kansas with a degree in Anthropology, GradStaff’s “Jackie” of All Trades has over a decade of experience working within the Entry-Level Job Market. When she’s not at the office working alongside her dachshund puppy, Jackie is busy reading or traveling.

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GradStaff CEO Talks Job Search Tips for 2016 Grads on Local Fox Affiliate
Posted on: May 6th, 2016

GradStaff CEO Bob LaBombard recently joined Fox 9 News to talk about upcoming 2016 graduates and what they can do to strategize their job search. Catch the full video clip below!

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How 2016 Grads Can Strengthen Their Job Search Strategy
Posted on: March 16th, 2016

On Monday, March 14th, GradStaff’s CEO, Bob LaBombard, was featured on David Goldberg’s Transforming Higher Education program, produced by Big Beacon Radio. The one-hour interview, with substitute host and recent grad Emma Schoenfelner, focused on the job market facing May 2016 grads and what new grads can expect as they start their job searches. Bob talks about why an entry-level job market is so difficult, what new grads can do to prepare, who’s hiring and what employers are looking for from their entry-level hires. Don’t miss this fast-paced and informative interview.



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Matchmaking Model Helps New Grads Find Jobs
Posted on: December 31st, 2015

An article by Kara Westrich, COO of GradStaff, recently appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kara discusses why the entry-level job market is so inefficient and cites specific examples for how GradStaff’s model breaks down those inefficiencies and helps great grads and great companies find each other.

“This has created an opportunity to advance a new business model and act as an intermediary between new grad job seekers and employers. In essence, GradStaff functions as a career matchmaker by connecting new grads to career opportunities with employers who do not have a college recruiting program or who want to augment an existing one.” The full article can be found HERE

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