rosier job outlook may be on the horizon for this
year's newest Sac State alumni.
There's been an uptick in both on-campus
recruitment and employer participation in campus career fairs,
says Cein Mathisen, employee relations liaison for the Career
"The Fall 2012 Career Fair sold out for the first time in seven
years," Mathisen says. "We saw 120 employers and about 1,200
students, which are record"Communication, follow- breaking numbers."
Though she admits
through, experience in a they can't necessarily link
a successful career fair to
group setting. These are a recovered employment
she notes, "The
qualities our graduates market, of employers is a
possess that make them positive sign."
successful candidates." recruitment numbers were
also encouraging with
—Cein Mathisen, employers looking to fill
Career Center full-time positions requiring
college degrees. While
some recruiters sought students in specialized areas, such
as accounting, many were looking for "all majors," which
is another good sign, Mathisen says, because it reflects an
appreciation for the qualities a college graduate possesses that
are valuable to employers beyond discipline-specific training.
"We hear that certain skills are important: communication,
working as part of a team, follow-through, experience in a
group setting," she says. "These are qualities our graduates
possess that make them successful candidates."
The Spring Career Fair drew more than 90 employers,
including state government agencies, accounting firms, the
FBI and several large corporations such as Frito Lay and Kohl's,
despite on-campus competition from genre-specific fairs for
educators and engineers. In fact, the Educators Expo sold
out its slots for potential employers for the first time which,
Mathisen says, is another cause for optimism.
"There may not be jobs immediately but employers are
in the market for future jobs that will become available," she
says. "Hiring is on the horizon and they are preparing for that."
Additional reasons for job-seekers to hope comes from the
January 2013 Sacramento Business Review, published by the
College of Business Administration, CFA Society Sacramento
and the University's Institute for Business Research and
In its economic overview, the authors said, "We
are still far from pre-recession levels by most metrics;
but, for 2013, we expect at least some positive growth
across every sector—including construction, financials
and government—three of the hardest hit parts of the
The review's mid-year update will be released in July at