Seattle among top cities to start career, survey shows



Posted on May 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 9:38 AM

SEATTLE – Seattle is ranked the No. 4 big city in the country to start a career after college, according to a new survey by personal finance website Wallethub.

The survey looked at 150 large cities and assessed them in a number of qualities including quality of life and job market strength.

University of Washington students graduate June 14. With thousands of young people hitting the job market at the same time, it is competitive and it comes following some slow hiring years.

"Knowing Seattle is a strong job market gives me confidence that I can find a job here,” said student Anthony Masundire.

"I'm grateful there are opportunities in Seattle, but I'm still open to going somewhere else,” said student Lindsey Beach.

Finding a job is one thing, landing it is another

"One of the most important things a job seeker can do is research. It's important you know the company inside and out when you are interviewing,” said Lora Poepping of Plum Job Search Strategy.

“Students forget to use their own networks to find a job, ask your parents, your neighbors and your friends if they know of any openings, these people are a huge asset,” Poepping added.

Other Northwest cities making the list included Portland (No. 32), Tacoma (No. 52) Vancouver, Wash. (No. 82) and Spokane (No. 119).

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