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Job quantity down; Quality employees still sought

10/31/2002

Employers surveyed at Miami University’s annual fall career fair say motivation and drive are essential for this year’s graduates seeking to enter the job market.

Miami’s career planning and placement office queried nearly 170 organizations that came to interview students last month. Their responses:

• Communications skills remain the most desired quality in candidates, while motivation and drive have moved into second place. Good grades and academic ability are the third most desirable trait and leadership qualities are a close fourth.

• 34% of employers anticipate a greater number of entry-level hires this coming year. Fourteen percent anticipate fewer hires.

• 66% of the participants recruit at less than 10 schools annually. While 13% anticipate going to more schools this year, 19% will be going to fewer.

Employers had these words of wisdom for Miami students: In this economic time, students need to be more focused on their goals, more prepared than ever in their interviews and willing to compete in this difficult market.

Most employers indicated they continue to be impressed by the caliber of Miami student candidates.

Student participation was at its greatest level to date. More than 2,500 students attended the September 17 career fair.

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