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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013 5:59 pm | Updated: 6:59 pm, Sat Feb 16, 2013.

SARASOTA--According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire about thirteen percent more workers from the class of 2013 than they did from the class of 2012.

But things are still far from easy when it comes to landing that first job.

"The job outlook coming right out of a bachelor's degree is not good, the economy's not great, there's not as many jobs out there as five years ago," said New College President Dr. Donal O'Shea, who also says colleges and universities are doing things they haven't done in the past to give students a leg up when stepping into the job market.

"We help students not in the academic program but in the student life program think about things like writing a resume, pitching yourself, and saying what it is you need to do," said O'Shea.

That also includes training in college that employees used to get once they landed a position.

"Companies have stopped doing the sort of work with entry-level trainees that they used to do, they don't have training programs any more," Chatham University President Dr. Esther Barazzone.

She says while employers do want candidates with specialized skills, she doesn't discount the importance of getting a four-year liberal arts degree; even though that may not make a new graduate as competitive in the current job market.

"It's very difficult for them to show what exact career slot they might fit into," said Barazzone.

Yet for all the training and education that a student may receive at school, experts say there's one major hurdle that's facing everyone after college:

"A lack of good entry-level jobs," said O'Shea.

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