Class of 2021 faces daunting job search even as economy improves | US news

Marie Roberts, a 2021 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, can feel the pressure of entering a competitive job market as the coronavirus pandemic in America appears to be waning.

After more than a year of remote learning, social distancing and economic chaos, she knew she wasn’t the only one now polishing her résumé and writing multiple cover letters to start her career.

“A lot of us, in my class and the class of 2020 included, were feeling a lot of pressure to apply for jobs,” said Roberts. “[There] was the added pressure of the pandemic and also having a lot of graduates from the class of 2020 who still didn’t have a job and all of the people who maybe had gotten laid off from their jobs during the pandemic applying for entry-level positions too.”

Although the class of 2021 is entering a healthier job market now, they are also facing more competitors in the wake of the pandemic’s disruption.

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