Thursday, February 28, 2008

Career Expo Held In Springfield

A couple of weeks ago, there was a Career Expo held in Springfield, MO. The Bus went and visited with companies that exhibited at the expo. We wanted to find out what were the hot degrees, what skills are in demand and what employers are looking for in potential employees.

I picked out a mix of locally owned and national companies, health providers and media outlets. I identified myself as a civilian journalist and blogger. I took copious notes. I brought all these notes home and started to go through them when a budget crisis erupted.

Communication skills and flexibility were two main qualities employers were seeking in potential employees. Hard skills in sales were important to insurance and money management firms. Media outlets were looking for media sales people, a highly competitive venture. The two major health care providers in Springfield, Cox Medical Centers and St. Johns Health System, were looking for clinical and support staff.

The people I visited with that day were professional and, once I explained who I was and what I was doing, were eager to share information about their companies.

1 comment:

The CDM said...

Flexability=No family life or any life for that matter. I don't know about anyone else, but I like having the ability to unplug at MY leisure and not theirs.

And these companies why they have such a high turnover ratio...they never learn.