Friday, October 23, 2009

Job Market Looking Up For Grads

Traci Rouse, who is vice president of marketing at Wesley Medical Center, said there is a difference in what employers are looking for now versus what they wanted in potential employees 10 years ago.

Rouse received her marketing degree in 2000 and worked part time as coordinator of the Miss Hospitality Pageant before moving into a full-time position with the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

"Employers expect you to be the complete package. Prospective employees should have done internship, made top grades, volunteered and done research on the company and be able to articulate why you want to be a member of the company," she said.

Anderson said students are getting jobs but the difference now over 10 years ago is that some have one job offer as opposed to having options for employment.

He said health care and accounting fields have made rebounds but the fields aren't were they were 10 years ago.

"We have to keep in mind last year wasn't a very good year for hiring," he said. "It's a good news, bad news scenario. Any sign of a hiring increase is welcome."

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