In a forced ranking of selected factors in their search for an employer and first job, the current graduating class presented the following responses in order of importance:
Opportunity for advancement
Good insurance package
Opportunity for personal development
High starting salary
Recognition for good performance
Opportunity for self-expression and creativity
Clearly defined assignments
Casual atmosphere (non-competitive environment)
Company active role in community
Company is a recognized name
Attributes such as opportunity for personal development and allowance for self-expression and creativity, two characteristics held in relatively high esteem in similar studies, ranked sixth and ninth. The findings also dispute previously held notions of the importance of salary, and attribute that finished seventh. While the opportunity for advancement ranked first among both women and men, gender differences in other attributes were distinguishable.
To characterize the findings, Ed Koc, NACE Director of Strategic and Foundation Research, dubbed the Class of 2008 the “oldest young generation.” Readers can review the full 2008 report at: http://www.naceweb.org/public/koc0508.htm
Bob Eskridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the President of Eskridge & Associates (www.eskridge-associates.com) which specializes in the placement of physicians in both locum tenens and permanent opportunities nationwide. Bob has five industry certifications. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC), Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist (CTS), a Certified Physician Recruiter (PRC) and a Certified Employee Retention Specialist through the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). He is also a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) through the American Staffing Association.
Bob Eskridge is also President of Eskridge Worldwide Travel (www.eskridgewwtravel.com) providing travel services for physicians as well as Eskridge Consulting (www.eskridgeconsulting.com), a practice helping others to realize their childhood dreams of becoming physician recruiters.
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