Friday, October 23, 2009

Job market loosens up slightly for college grads

Nurses and certified nursing assistants are always a hot commodity, but applicants from the harder-hit Chicago area are up significantly, Crutcher said.

Bloomington-based Afni, which has phone call and collection centers locally and across the U.S., hires recent grads into a variety of posts, including customer care, human resources, even a new job as a social media liaison, said Afni HR manager Angela Rachel.

While Afni still goes to job fairs and does traditional recruiting, Rachel said it's a challenge to keep up with today's Web-based job seekers. She's always seeking resumes.

"If we don't have anything today, it doesn't mean we won't have anything tomorrow or next week," she said.
Afni's new employees come from a diverse educational background, she said, but some traits -- adaptability, communication skills, multi-tasking -- are key.

At BroMenn, hiring officers want to ensure applicants share the medical center's core values. "It's very difficult to teach values," Crutcher said.

In good times and bad, a recent NACE survey showed communication, analytical and teamwork skills topped the list of qualities employers seek.

"Having those skills are going to make a big difference," Mackes said.

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