ERIC Number: ED309251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Do We Know What Employers Want in Entry-Level Workers? NCEE Brief Number 2.
A representative group of 14 recent surveys of employers' expressed needs was examined to consider the evidence they presented about the demands for worker education. The strongest trend in the results of these studies was the importance that employers placed on employee attitudes. A second theme was the emphasis on basic skills as opposed to job-specific skills. Employers were particularly interested in communication and problem-solving skills. Two general weaknesses were apparent in the studies that should be addressed in further studies of employer needs: (1) the studies lacked a clear conceptual basis for asking about employee characteristics; and (2) sampling strategies were typically developed with more attention to the convenience of the investigation and less to the representativeness of individual respondents. One study detailed four perspectives that may explain the hiring decisions of employers: technical, control, institutional, and political. (A list of 24 references is included.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Basic Skills, Career Education, Employer Attitudes, Entry Workers, Job Skills, Labor Needs, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Work Attitudes
National Center on Education and Employment, Teachers College, Box 174, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Education and Employment, New York, NY.