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Jobs await grads with communication skills, strong work ethic

11/17/2000

Motivation and a strong work ethic have become even more important in hiring decisions, according to the annual survey of employers attending Miami University’s career planning and placement office’s fall career fair.

More than 200 employers, the largest number ever, attended the Sept. 20 fair, one of the biggest in the region.

Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents indicated the same or greater hiring needs for this year compared to 82 percent one year ago. Within this group 42 percent had greater hiring needs and 46 percent have the same needs for this coming year. More than 79 percent indicated they hire more than half of their entry-level hires from on-campus recruiting efforts.

While oral and written communication skills continue to be the top qualities sought in new hires, motivation and work ethic moved several spots up to second place. Close behind were intern and/or work experience followed by technical and analytical skills. Most employers at the career fair said Miami’s academic programs prepare the students well for the workplace.

Twenty percent of the surveyed employers plan to decrease the number of campuses they will visit this year, and 28 percent indicated they would increase the number of schools where they recruit this year. These numbers are the same as a year ago.

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