Thursday January 13, 2011

2011 Job Market Trends

A nationally recognized authority on trends in hiring college graduates will speak at the University of Dayton on Feb. 17.

As a new year starts and graduation looms just a few months ahead, the thoughts of college seniors turn to the job market.

Trends in hiring and the recruiting outlook for 2011 are the topics of a presentation by Phil Gardner, economist and director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. He directs the institute's nationally recognized annual college labor market study released each fall.

Gardner will speak on "Recruiting Trends 2011" from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Kennedy Union's Boll Theatre. It's free and open to the public.

The presentation will be of interest to employers, students and the faculty and staff who work with students on career issues, according to Jason Eckert, career services director for the University of Dayton.

"The uncertainty that college graduates have faced over the past few years is likely to continue," said Eckert. "We are looking forward to hearing Dr. Gardner's perspective on what students can do to be more competitive and what employers should keep in mind in recruiting."

Gardner, who has studied trends in recruiting and hiring for many years, says that pockets of the economy are beginning to recover from the recession, but employers remain cautious about bringing new employees on board.

Gardner's visit is sponsored by the University of Dayton Career Services, Cedarville University Career Services and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE). 

The event is free, but registration is required. For program information and to register visit

Complimentary parking is available at the University of Dayton visitors center on the day of the event. For a map, visit

For more information contact the University of Dayton Office of Career Services at 937-229-2040 or