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Miami career fair reaffirms strong job market

Members of Miami’s class of 2000 should have a smooth ride into the job market based on the record number of employers represented at the university’s fall career fair.

The fair, held Sept. 21 and sponsored by the university’s career planning and placement office (CPPO), attracted 200 companies in search of the next round of Miami graduates scheduled to enter the work force. Companies included Black & Decker, Hewitt, Anderson Consulting and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

While a greater number of employers came to Miami, about 20 percent of those who answered a CPPO survey said they’re going to fewer campuses this year. Other survey results:

• 82 percent of the recruiters said they will have the same or greater hiring needs this year compared to last year.

• 75 percent indicated that they hire more than half of their entry-level employees as a result of on-campus recruiting efforts.

• 28 percent said they plan to increase the number of campuses they will visit this year.

"Oral and written communication skills continue to be the top qualities sought in new Miami graduates," said Joe Barry, CPPO assistant director. "Academic achievement, leadership and technical ability are the next most sought-after traits. Previous work experience and internships remain valuable assets for our students as well."

"The best jobs remain very competitive," Barry continued. "We teach our students to be prepared, focused and aggressive in their job searches, even when the market is as strong as it is now."

Date Published: 12/02/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 18

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