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CIA Career Fair Points to Economic Recovery

The Culinary Institute of America holds four career fairs a year at its Hyde Park, NY campus. On February 7, the CIA hosted its largest fair in four years—a sign that indicates the economy is on it's way to recovery and the food industry is leading the surge in job creation, so the college believes. Here are some stats to support that belief:

  • 275 recruiters from 106 companies participated in the career fair
  • 75% of the recruiters indicated that they will be adding even more jobs this year than in 2011
  • Companies are hiring in a wide range of positions in kitchen operations, dining room operations, management and beverage operations
  • Companies in attendance included Patina Restaurant Group, Dinex Restaurant Group, Marriott and Hyatt Hotels, Whole Foods Market and Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • 901 students and recent graduates attended the February career fair hoping to land a job
  • When interviewing potential employees, employers are looking for previous work experience, communications skills and problem-solving skills

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