Friday, October 23, 2009

Job Market Looking Up For Grads

Leslie Sellers, Student Support Services director at WCU, said there were more employers participating at the school's job fair this year compared to last year.

Dana S. Lamey, works for Palazzo & Co., an accounting firm in Biloxi, was at the job fair Wednesday recruiting graduating seniors.

She said the economy is picking up and leading to an increase in clients for the firm.

"Our company is seeking to hire at least 12 accountants and searching job fairs is a great way for the company to find people we are able to train," she said.

Nationally the job market is improving but Lisa Parker, marketing director with Career Services and Student Employment at Southern Miss, said the pace is a little slower here in the South.

Rusty Anderson, Southern Miss Career Services and Student Employment director, said companies have scaled back over the course of 10 years.

What I've seen is that 10 years ago, recruiters might project they need 11 people and hire 13," he said. "Today, they know exactly how many they want to hire and that's the exact number they'll hire."

Anderson added the job market is tighter now than it was 10 years ago.

"We saw a 50 percent decrease from 10 years ago and companies have scaled way back on campus recruiting visits," he said. "We continue to grow our enrollment. With more and more graduates every year, it makes the job market even tighter."

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