Getting Them at the Gateway: Finding IT Grads

If trying to find an IT candidate seems like a search for the Holy Grail, perhaps you need to start at the beginning…of a candidate’s career, that is. Technology graduates–those recently educated individuals seeking opportunities–are made-to-order contacts for the recruiter with open positions to fill. There are a number of ways to go about finding these soon-to-be professionals. CollegeHire is one company that can help. Focused exclusively on high-tech college students, CollegeHire has over 35 top universities participating in a service that strives to match people and positions. As a college recruiting resource, CollegeHire offers more than just access to student resumes. They administer and provide scores from online tests, interview candidates, and provide summaries of the meetings. They also survey students about work preferences and share these results. CollegeHire offers online data management services and will track job offers to help you organize your overflow of information. To receive additional information about the company’s services, including pricing, fill out an online inquiry form on their website. CollegeJournal.com is The Wall Street Journal’s college career site. Offering articles and information for the job seeker, the site also features a job board. Selecting “Job Seek” from the homepage leads to a page where a candidate can search position listings by choosing from a “Company” scroll menu and/or a menu called “Industry/Function.” “Information Technology” is a search option in the “Industry/Function” category. The search page at CollegeJournal.com allows for a great deal of specificity. In addition to “Company” and “Industry/Function,” there is a “Function/Keyword Search” box. “City” and “State” locations can also be targeted. A search can be narrowed even further by selecting the “Search Entry-Level Jobs Only” box. There is a “Search Internships Only” box as well. CollegeJournal.com is a site with more than 27,000 postings and, although the site’s listings include a range of industries, a majority of the advertised positions are technology related. A recent general search for IT positions returned more than 17,000 jobs. <*SPONSORMESSAGE*> CollegeRecruiter.com offers a searchable job database for the job seeker and a resume database which has 60,000 guaranteed-fresh resumes (they’re deleted after two months) for the recruiter. While not specific to the IT industry, a job seeker can look at jobs exclusively in the “Engineering” or “Information Technology” categories when browsing their bank. One potentially helpful feature for candidates and employers is a free newsletter delivered via email that provides job listings, which is offered in a pop-up window when you click on the “Find a Job” link from the homepage. On this e-newsletter, employers can post job openings or buy advertising space. Not only will your latest job opening be posted and sent directly to subscribers, you can capture the eye of a potential hire by being among the three advertisements included in every newsletter. BrassRing Campus, is another college career site where you can reach technology grads. On the BrassRing Campus homepage, “Information Technology,” as well as several other applicable categories, are found on the “job search” page in a scroll menu. Here, a candidate can also select “Computers Hardware,” “Computers Software,” “Engineering,” and “Internet/E-commerce/New Media.” The number of jobs listed at BrassRing Campus varies depending on the time of the year. According to Dan Wilmer, director of marketing and product management, approximately 18 percent of the posted positions fall under the tech umbrella. If you include engineers in the mix, Wilmer says, the total is around 29 percent. The other side of the equation is that there are approximately 34,000 IT candidates and approximately 39,000 engineer candidates at BrassRing. The site offers companies the opportunity to post jobs and search its resume database, but various packages are available. According to Wilmer, BrassRing Campus has positioned itself to assist corporate on-campus recruiting efforts. Recognizing that recruiters can only visit so many campuses, its intent is to supplement the process. “Hey, you need new tools. What we’re trying to say is take a look at some other schools. It’s all about efficiencies,” he says, explaining BrassRing’s database services. Wilmer also cites other factors that influence campus recruiting. “This is the most competitive entry-level job market ever,” he says, pointing out that the number of entry-level positions is expected to grow by 15 to 20 percent while the pool of available candidates is expected to remain stagnant or shrink even further. A large percentage of these new jobs are, and will continue to be, technology based. Using resources that connect you with IT grads will ensure that you’re plugged in to an outlet for candidates.

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Paula Santonocito is an e-recruitment strategist and columnist for AIRS, the global leader in Internet recruitment training, tools, news and information. AIRS News:www.airsdirectory.com/news/newsletters/ AIRS Training:www.airsdirectory.com/products/training/ AIRS SearchStation:www.airsdirectory.com/products/tools/searchstation/

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