This article examines employers' expectations and perceptions of communication new hires at three points in the school-to-work transition, the initial job application, and the beginning and the end of the first year. This study focuses on writing and related conceptual abilities because for most communication new hires they are the foundation of both a successful job application, and therefore employers' first impressions, and of subsequent performance evaluations and progress. In conclusion, broad generalizations about the communication abilities of communication new hires may be unwarranted because performance expectations and the level and types of assessment vary with the type of position, the sector and the specific communication task.
Treadwell, D. F., & Treadwell, J. B. (1999). Employer expectations of newly-hired communication graduates. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 28(2), 87–99.