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ERIC Number: ED512839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Recruiting Trends, 2009-2010
Collegiate Employment Research Institute (NJ3)
This paper presents the recruiting trends for 2009-2010. This year's report is based on over 2,500 respondents, of which approximately 2,259 provided useable information with 1,846 including complete hiring figures used for the projections. The researchers continued their focus on fast-growth companies and expanded their efforts to ensure a representative sample of employers, assuming the prevailing economic situation would reduce responses. Employers seem to have several messages this year: (1) Flexibility. They seek candidates across all majors who can slide into a variety of positions as needed or can adapt quickly to changing conditions. Their focus is on candidates with a mix of technical aptitude and essential soft skills; (2) Technical disadvantage. Except for computer science (IT), the market for technical graduates is somber. Traditional hiring sectors for engineers such as manufacturing, architectural and engineering services, engineering design and development are all reducing their hiring; and (3) Business shift: Demand for business majors is holding steady, except for accounting, which is down. Companies are repositioning themselves for more internet business and seek candidates with acumen in this area. What majors are employers seeking that pop-out with positive hiring news? E-commerce, entrepreneurialism, environmental sciences, information science, information systems (management and computer), interactive computer design, statistics, nursing, and social work. Students seeking employment will face fierce competition. Hiring levels per company are at the lowest levels in several decades, even after adjusting for the number of small employers who responded. [For "Recruiting Trends, 2008-2009", see ED512842.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State University, Collegiate Employment Research Institute