ERIC Number: ED390327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec-1
Recruiting Trends 1995-96. A Study of 527 Businesses, Industries, and Governmental Agencies Employing New College Graduates. 25th Anniversary Edition.
Scheetz, L. Patrick
This study sought to determine recruiting trends of business, industry, and government among the pool of new college graduates. Questionnaires were mailed to 4,072 employers, of which 507 returned complete responses. The survey found that new college graduates of 1995-96 can expect mild growth in job opportunities. For the third consecutive year, surveyed employers anticipated minimal growth in hiring intentions. Engineering and computer science garnered among the highest starting salaries for new graduates, and the Southeastern and Northcentral geographical regions reported the most favorable employment opportunities for recent graduates, according to the survey. Women represented 42.9 percent of all new hires in 166 organizations reporting gender data, while racial and ethnic minorities represented 18.2 percent of new hires at organizations surveyed. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills were reported among the most important attributes of successful new hires. They were also reported among the most notable deficiencies observed in new college graduates. Computer literacy and a command of popular office technology continue to be much sought after attributes in future employees, according to the survey. A list of employers responding to the survey is included. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Communication Skills, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Labor Market, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Recruitment, Salaries, Work Attitudes
Michigan State University, Career Services and Placement, 113 Student Services Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1113 ($25).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.
Note: For the 1994 24th edition, see ED 376 787.