Patt Morrison for May 14, 2012

Surveying the millennial job market: do internships no longer lead to jobs?

Beth Stockbridge, an intern with the US

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Beth Stockbridge, an intern with the US Senate Office of Legislative Council brings free sundaes to co-workers who could not leave their offices during The International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation, and the National Cheese Institute 26th annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party on June 19, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

A market research firm surveyed 225 American companies to see how many are hiring recent graduates, to identify what skills companies are looking for and to survey where they’re finding prospective employees.

The results were surprising. It turns out that companies rely more on job boards than social networks like LinkedIn when hiring recent graduates and that, even in an increasingly tech-savvy world, of all the things employers look for when hiring entry-level talent, it’s the so-called "soft skills" that are valued most: communication, teamwork, flexibility and positive attitude, over hard technical skills.

More than half of the companies surveyed feel their talent needs have changed over the past two years. The study also found that companies expect students to have internships, even though only half have hired interns in the past six months and most aren't hiring their current interns for full-time positions.

WEIGH IN:

Are you a recent graduate searching for a job? Or are you hoping a current internship will become a job? Call in with your experience and find out who’s hiring, what they’re looking for and where they’re looking.

Guest:

Dan Schawbel, founder, market research firm, Millennial Branding; author, "Me 2.0"


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