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Survey finds fewer jobs offered
A survey of 175 employers who attended Miami University's annual fall career fair shows many companies and organizations are proceeding on a cautious path.
Seventy-one percent of respondents said they anticipated hiring the same or greater number of entry-level candidates this year compared to 85 percent last year. Also, fewer organizations attended the fair compared to the record 200 plus last year.
Among those hiring, communication skills, internship or field-related experience and leadership skills continue to be the most sought-after characteristics in job candidates. While management consulting firms have just about ceased hiring, most other organizations are still hiring, though in reduced numbers, said Rick Hearin, director of Miamis career planning and placement office, which sponsors the fair.
"The overall recruiting climate for new graduates is at least as bad as it was in the 1990-91 recession and may be shaping up to be as bad as the more severe 1981-82 economic downturn," he said.
Survey respondents said they hire nearly 70 percent of their entry-level employees from college campuses.
Miami continues to be a target school for many of these employers. Even given the difficult economic climate this year, Miami is still anticipating recruiters from 350 companies will visit campus.