Many large employers have formal college recruitment programs they use to recruit college students and alumni for job, internship, summer job and co-op opportunities at the company. Smaller companies also recruit on a less formal basis, posting new job openings as they become available. They have easy and select access to students from universities and colleges when a company has a college recruitment program. Most schools utilize a recruiting job posting service (like NACElink or Experience) to manage their campus and on-site recruiting programs. Employers can list jobs and internships directly on the school's jobs website which is available only for students and alumni from the school.  As well as offering information sessions to provide students with information about the company, companies also participate in campus recruiting programs, job fairs, career fairs. College recruitment programs are an opportunity to discover more about potential employers, to apply for jobs and internships specifically posted for candidates from your school, and to meet with companies on campus and/or by invitation to the company's offices for both alumni and students. The types of programs offered vary by school. Visit the career services office and/or the alumni office website for details, depending on the school.

 

College recruitment programs

Companies which hire a large number of entry level candidates may come to campus to recruit. Students (and alumni, if eligible) apply for open positions. The company schedules campus interviews with selected candidates. Companies who opt not to visit campus may post jobs and invite applicants to interview at the organization's office. Second interviews may also be held on-site for candidates selected for further consideration after a campus interview. Often phone interviews are used to screen college candidates because it saves the expense of visiting campus or providing transportation for the student or alumni to the employer's site. Career offices may provide interview space with a landline for interviews. Video interviews, however, may be used for long distance interviews. Students may be able to interview from their computer in their dorm room or their university may offer computer and web cams for interviews. Information meetings and information tables, usually held in the campus center, are used to promote awareness of organizations and reach students who may not be aware of available opportunities. Both job fairs and campus career provide a means for employers to meet with many applicants and vice versa. Each employer participating in the career fair has a table where they provide information on the company and available opportunities. Candidates will have a few minutes to talk with each company representative. Many college consortiums participate in multi-employer off-campus recruiting programs. Students from all the colleges in the consortium attend and interview with employers. Some programs also have a career fair component so applicants have an opportunity to meet with employers in addition to those they are interviewing with. Career networking programs are offered by career offices and alumni offices. They provide an opportunity for students and alumni to engage with other alumni either in a campus setting or off-campus.