The Bear Meltdown Rattles B-Students

New hires wait to hear the fate of their jobs with Bear Stearns as financial hiring in general appears shakier

The stunning collapse and fire sale of investment house Bear Stearns (BSC)—a major employer of business graduates—has added another worry to an already shaky hiring outlook for business grads, college officials say. While major career services organizations haven't entirely reversed earlier predictions that the hiring market for 2008 grads is going to be strong, reports of recruiters cutting back on the number of job offers and, in some cases, lower starting salaries are beginning to surface.

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