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Career center sees signs of improving economy

By : By Rachel Coker

The Career Development Centerís Mock Interview Program, seen here last year, will be held again on Friday, Sept.23.
On-campus recruiting officials reported more visits, more interviews and more job offers last school year than the year before, all signs of economic health.

“The employers are becoming more confident,” said Jillian Kroll, an employer relations coordinator with the Career Development Center (CDC). “Finally, the numbers are backing up what we’re hearing in the news.”

At this time last year, 30 employers were scheduled to attend the fall employer fair, which drew 63 recruiters. This year, about 55 have already registered. It’s a varied lineup, from BAE Systems and Ernst & Young to Lord & Taylor and Teach for America. A total of 1,600 on-campus interviews were conducted by 114 visiting organizations during the 2004-05 school year. That’s a 14 percent increase in interviews from the previous year. Those employers extended 377 job offers, resulting in 295 acceptances, according to the career center. Accounting, management and computer science were among the most heavily recruited majors.

Career center officials emphasize that on-campus recruiting is just one part of a major process for students looking for jobs. Most will have follow-up interviews and take advantage of other resources before landing a position.

One of those resources is eRecruiting, a Web-based system that allows students to interact with employers. Students post resumes and other information about themselves; recruiters can post jobs or flip through the on-line resume book.

This year for the first time, all undergraduates will have free access to eRecruiting, which previously required a $25 registration fee. “I think that’s going to be a powerful tool for students and employers,” said Bill McCarthy, associate director of the Career Development Center.

The CDC also offers mock interviews and sessions with people who make hiring decisions, such as Kathy McGarrah, store team leader with Target in Vestal. She’ll lead a talk about interviewing techniques later this month on campus.

Meanwhile, the career center continues to work on finding innovative ways to connect employers and students. It will once again hold an etiquette dinner for students this fall and continues to aid undergraduates in a variety of situations, including those planning to go to graduate school and some who haven’t figured out where their career interests lie.

“We know we have good students and a good university,” McCarthy said, “and now it’s a matter of making sure employers know about that.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08