The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURNAL MONEY SUNDAY, MAY 17. 1998 TJOBS Jobs come easily Market for new grads is best some have seen in 10 or more years By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Like most prospective graduates, Jason Hooper was concerned about finding that first post-graduation job. Hooper, 23, a senior majoring in education at Lindsborg's Bethany College, knew the demand for teachers in mathematics was high, but that didn't keep him from worrying. "There's always that chance that things won't work out," he said. "I was pretty confident I could get a job somewhere, but would it be somewhere that I wanted'to be?" Hooper began interviewing in early March and was offered a job in Hutchinson. Hopeful that an assistant fpotball coaching position would come up in Tulsa, Okla., he said no. When the Tulsa job never materialized, he began talking with school officials in Salina. Starting this fall, he will teach algebra and geometry at Salina South High School. •*J2'I had two interviews and two Sffers," he said. "I got to choose Jhe one I wanted." ^'According to area college offi- •C|als and business leaders, Hoop- &r's story is not uncommon. Low Jlnemployment nationwide, cou- tpled with labor shortages in sev- •ejjal fields are combining to make !Sgfe job market of recent college ^aduates as good as it has been •$n at least a decade, they said. v[ When the Associated Colleges $£Central Kansas — a consortium consisting of Kansas Wes- ieyan University arid Bethany, "Bethel, Sterling, McPherson and Sterling colleges — set up inter- Jview days this spring for seniors 5\yith area companies, the demand Jvfas so great that some prospec- "I had two interviews and two offers. I got to choose the one I wanted." Jason Hooper who'll teach math in Salina next year tive employers were turned away, said Rick Johnson, director of career services at Bethany. "Normally for our teacher interview day, we would have more than 100 students and about 60 school districts here," he said. "This year, it was more like 70 school districts and less-than 100 students. The trend is true all across the state; there are more jobs available and less candidates to fill them." Interview days for non-teaching jobs garnered interest from 40 Kansas companies, but there were only enough candidates to invite 23 to attend the event. Carrie Creed, 21, a senior in economics/business; did eight interviews in a single day during" one of Bethany's job fairs. Out of that, she received three job offers, including the one she took with the Federated Insurance office in Wichita. She leaves in July for a one- year training program in Minnesota with the company. Courting more than one employer is not unusual, Johnson said. "You only have to look as far as the Salina Journal's classified ads to see that there are a lot of jobs out there in the business world," Johnson said. "I've been in this job for 11 years, and the employment picture for our graduates is the best it has ever been." Pat Sullivan, director of human resources at Blue Beacon International, 500 Graves, said he tends to agree with Johnson's assessment. Blue Beacon has been participating in several interview days and career fairs this spring. "Particularly in the computer sciences area, there are a lot of openings," he said. "There are a lot of people tied up working on the year 2000 bug, which hi addition to allowing some people in the industry to write their own ticket, is opening up new positions." Instead of conforming to a company's needs, some recent graduates are forcing prospective employers to change to suit them, Sullivan said. "When people have their choice, why would they want to work in some older, boring computer language, like COBOL?" he said. "They want to try some of the new, exciting technologies, which forces a company to rethink the way they operate." While Blue Beacon has interviewed many potential employees this spring, Sullivan said there has yet to be a hiring. "Certainly, we've seen some polished people," he said. "Because we tend to interview a broad spectrum of people, we tend to interview more and make fewer hires." Being a little older than the average college graduate may have helped Denice Edison, 28, a senior in health, physical education and recreation and pre-physical therapy, find her new job. "Two weeks ago, there were all kinds of jobs in the paper in the field I was looking for," she said. "I did two job interviews and got hired at Salina Physical Therapy as a physical therapy aide." She said that there had been offers in the past for similar positions, though she could never take them because of school. She plans to apply to physical therapy school at Wichita State University in a year. "I had worked before I went back to school," she said. "So maybe (potential employers) saw me as being more mature and experienced than some of the others." Despite all of the opportunity, finding a job takes some work and some luck. Lori Blake, who is Johnson's daughter, graduated in December from Bethany with a communications degree. She looked for more than a month for a public relations job in Salina with little success. With her wedding being less than two months away, she decided to apply for temporary work at Olsten Staffing Services, 107 S. Seventh. "Public relations people in Salina do a lot of different things," she said. "So employers are looking for people with some experience. It's tough to find a job." When she applied at Olsten, they asked her to consider a permanent position with the company. Though it wasn't exactly what she had been looking for, she took a job as a personnel supervisor. She hasn't been disappointed with the decision. "With my dad in the job he's in, he kept telling me to be patient," Blake said. "I was getting frustrated, because I expected it to be easier since I graduated in December. But I'm pleased with the position I'm in, even if it wasn't exactly what I had been looking for." IWheat /Pessimism prevails on farm •FROM PAGE B8 \ "They figure they can pull $100 ian acre out of it by putting it •through their cattle," Naegele Jsaid. "Some farmers are selling it trr dairies, and it's being baled or chopped for dairy feed. "VJJThis tells you a whole lot about •ItjB value of wheat..It tells you it's "•$80 darn cheap." ; State Statistician Eldon iThiess'en said his agency, which •tracks the wheat crop in Kansas, ;has not heard of farmers destroying their crop for cattle feed. • "The rumors may be true. I'm •saying we don't know. We're in Jthe process of collecting information," he said. "I'm sure with the ;way prices are, it's something a •farmer needs to think about." ••^Kansas producers planted 10.7 jinillion acres to wheat this past Jail. Almost all of the crop was rat- li&agood to excellent as of May 10. '.^Ottawa County Extension ;jj8e£nt Ron Seyfert said he has '"need with a couple of farmers plan to tear up small fields IvJEliere the wheat looks bad. The jSgent also saw a smaller field be- jfeji grazed out, but that could '.Jjaye been^a normal practice. ;£?for him, the bottom line in •nSirth-central Kansas is that abun- •dant moisture over the winter land spring has turned the coun- "The wheat looks good, and you don't tear up wheat that looks good." Ron Seyfert Ottawa County extension agent tryside into a carpet of green. "The wheat looks good, and you don't tear up wheat that looks good," Seyfert said. Dan O'Brien, a Colby-based economist, said turning wheat ground over to cattle is more common in the southern part of the state. "Farmers are pretty good economists and they know their own situation," he said. "They're taking a look at wheat prices. The more moisture we have this spring, they may have plans to graze the crop out, tear it up and plant another crop in 60 days. It will be interesting." Pessimism in wheat country O 'Brien said there's little optimism in wheat markets. It would take better-than-expected exports, bad weather or some other surprise to bump up prices. "Things are pessimistic right now," he said. "We still have the PERSONALS threat of excessive moisture or dry conditions, but the markets are probably bidding the averages and not really planning on any of those short crop conditions to happen. There's always the possibility. But until it really starts to show itself, the markets are decidedly nonresponsive to those risks." Which isn't good news for wheat producers — or the men and machines that cross the Great Plains each year to harvest the crop. Dave Lott, a custom cutter from Minneapolis, said this will probably be his final year on the road. After 16 years, he's tired of the government regulations that make it difficult to find help. Cutters used to hire older students on summer vacation to fill their crews. But now almost anyone who drives a truck must have a commercial driver's license. Then there's the price of wheat. Lott isn't sure he'll go to the Wichita Falls area this year. "My jobs that I have down there may graze it out to where I don't have any acres. Some of them hadn't decided the last time I talked to them, but with the price the way it is — they make more on pasture," said Lott, who has heard of better prospects at Enid, Okla ; Lucas' Naegele said membership in U.S. Custom Harvesters has fallen to 700 from a peak of 1,000. "We've had several members quit in the last two or three years," he said. "There have been a lot of people who have gotten fed up with the hassles. I can't fault them for that." Naegele travels during the summer with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Timber, 14, and Alia, 5. He has been in the business since 1976. "This is all I've ever known," Naegele said. "One advantage we have over the farmer is that our business is on wheels. We have the capacity to pick up and move. We're not tied to a specific geographic area." we'll always be _ there for you. Jean Curry • Shelter insurance 2737 BelmOtlt COS., HQITI6 OfflCOt ••• — Columbia. MO 823-5129 Wedel named VP at :A.G. Edwards office j ,.K. Mark Wedel has been •iramed vice president for in- Ivestments of the Salina office of . Edwards and Sons, 118 W. He has worked for the company as an investment broker since 1990. Retirement party planned for teacher LINDSBORG — A retirement reception for teacher Kristin Johnson will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Soderstrom Elementary School, Lindsborg. From Staff Reports BUILDING PERMITS i These are the permits issued re- 'jeently by the Salina Permits and jlnspections Department and the jSaline County Planning and Zon- •ing Department. SALINA !' 'Commercial — 141 N. Santa Fe, jRandy Leister, renovate rest rooms, kitchen, stairways and storefront •for a restaurant-bar, $90,000. i 129 S. 12th, David Maxwell, apart- tment building renovation, $30,000. ; -Garage — 3221 Mourning Dove, Jvlelvin Development, $1,400. 3221 Quail Run, Melvin Development, $1,400. 808 Merrill, Stephen Smith, $13,500. Residential miscellaneous — 1221 Nottingham, Donald Clemer, finish basement, $1,500. 2235 Edward, Kevin Hollander, convert garage to living space; build detached garage, $21,200. Single-family home — 713 Dustin, Melvin Homes, install modular home, $23,300. SALINE COUNTY Garage — 7600 E. North, Greg Martin, $9,000. 11065 Centennial, Robert and Cecilia Collins, $11,800. Single-family home — 3053 S. Simpson, Mike Forristal, $180,000. var HOME i^A BARGAIN. If you Insure your residence with American Family, you may be able to save 20% on specific auto coverages. Call today to see If you qualify. Norm Pihl 1400-B S. 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