Students attend the NDU job fair in Louaize, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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While Lebanon's economy is still struggling to recover from a 3-year-old crisis tied to regional instability, employers are cautiously optimistic and willing to invest in young talent, recruiters told The Daily Star at Notre Dame's job fair.While the economic situation slowed recruiting at ITG Holding, an information and technology company, recruiter Cynthia Hermes said she was now trying to fill 40 vacancies per month.Kristel Mhanna, a senior analyst at supply chain management company Acetos, said that the company was mostly interested in hiring graduates with experience in computer programming, while bilingualism is a must.Today, recruiters explained, companies are seeking dynamic young people who can contribute positively to the business and the workplace environment."We're trying to get these opportunities back again, and convince our clients to provide these opportunities at least to fresh graduates here in Lebanon," she said.Some companies have resisted this push, while others have acknowledged the benefit of hiring young, Lebanese talent, she said.
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