Springing into Summer…

Hi everyone!

A few updates for this week…

1)      Thank you for a full year of readership and support! We’ve reached our first anniversary, and we thank you for that.

2)      As many of you may know, summer is a time that much planning and prep work happens in higher ed. With only a few short weeks left in the academic year, you’ll see that Employer Relating will be much quieter during these months as we wind down from the 2011-2012 academic year and prepare for 2012-2013. In the meantime, you can still find us on Twitter (@EmployrRelating), you can find many answers here in the archives, or you can reach us in the traditional ways, like phone and email. Staff contact info is here.

3)      Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

All the best,

Dena & the UCI Career Center team

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Why doesn’t my job posting go up automatically? (FAQs 9.1 & 9.2)

Today’s FAQ is broken down into two parts that address the umbrella question, Why doesn’t my job posting go up automatically? Without further ado…

FAQ 9.1 : Why does it take a few hours and/or a few days for my posting to go up?

Answer:  Good question! When you submit your posting, it’s actually added to a queue that includes all of the other pending positions awaiting approval on our end. Depending on the day and our staff availability, that queue may have just a handful of postings in it, or it may have 100+ postings in it. And while we try to move them as quickly as possible (many are cleared within hours of posting), on occasion there is heavy traffic on ZotLink, or other internal Career Center demands (events, university holidays, etc.) that may contribute to a delay of a few business days. When this happens, we’ll often pull additional team members off their duties and ask for their help with approving jobs, to ensure that your position is posted as quickly as possible.

FAQ 9.2: Well, why do I/my job postings even have to go through an approval process before I can use ZotLink?

Answer: It’s in our students’ best interest for us to screen and verify employers and the opportunities they present. We do our best to ensure that each employer registration is legitimate, and that each posting meets our qualifications. By giving us the time to do that, we can trust that you agree our mission to make our students’ needs a priority. 

Hopefully this sheds some light on things! 

Until next time,
DBO

Spring event wrap-up

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind here for the past few weeks. I finally wanted to take some time and share pictures from our recent Health Professions Graduate School Fair, and from last week’s Spring Career Fair.

The basics, to help students navigate

A tiny sample of our Marketing Team’s extensive efforts

Concert? Sporting event? One of our UCI Dance Teams? Nope, it’s the Health Professions Graduate School Fair!

View from the inside of the Health Profesions Graduate School Fair

The calm before the storm of the Career Fair

Career Fair check-in (note the photo booth in the back, which offers free professional headshots for LinkedIn profiles)

Career Fair, in action – so many good conversations happening that no one could stop to pose!

Coming up, we’ll be sharing some data about the population of students that attended the fairs this year. Stay tuned!

Anatomy of a Career Center

This post could also be known as “The Many Employer-friendly Spaces Under our Roof.”

Those who’ve visited our blog before may have picked up in previous posts that there are people at the Career Center who are here solely to work with employers. Though, for today’s post I wanted to discuss the spaces in our center dedicated to employers. Some of these areas are here only for employer use, while others have double-duty and help both recruiters and students. Here’s a visual (take note of the blue shady areas!):

Let me offer some details on the less-obvious ones…

  • Interview Rooms: Can be reserved (for free) by employers hiring for full-time jobs or  internships
  • Library: Can be reserved by employers looking to host “drop-in” hours (much like a professor’s office hours). 
  • Training Room: Can be reserved (for a charge) for employers looking to host info sessions and networking events. Employers who volunteer to host workshops will also find themselves using this space.

Hopefully offering this as a visual really shows just how much of our center is available for you. The good news? Anytime an employer is coming to recruit on campus and to use one of these areas, we will help get the word out about your visit.

 Interested in a tour?  Let me know!

-DBO

Top 5 Posts & BRB

[Update 4/13/12: new posts will resume next week, April 16-20. See you then!]

Employer Relating will be on a *brief* hiatus beginning tomorrow, March 23, and will resume again during the week of April 9. It’s not a huge gap in activity, however just long enough that some of you may have started to wonder.

In the meantime, I wanted to offer you to our Top 5* posts of all time for your reading pleasure. Judging by these dates, you’d think the blog didn’t exist until December but I promise you it dates back to May 2011, when it was previously named Live from OC. Enjoy!

5 – Jumping into action (originally posted on January 6, 2012)

4 – MPACE pictures, part 2 – Everything BUT the social (originally posted on December 14, 2011)

3 – Can you email out my job description for me? (originally posted on February 16, 2012)

2 – If I tell you what I’m looking for, can you send over a student to work for me? (originally posted on February 27 2012)

1 – Building your internship Series* (I’m lumping all of these together so there is at least some variety to this list. Originally posted January-February 2012)

See you in April!

Will you refer me to a faculty member who can recommend their best and brightest? (FAQ 8.0)

Answer:  Well…that’s actually not as easy as it sounds. There are thousands of faculty members on UCI’s campus. While it’s possible that some of them are open to responding to employers in between their teaching, research and other academic commitments, others may simply not have the time to help. Some will even refer you right back to the Career Center, which is really the hub of campus recruiting. There are many that have great relationships with the Career Center, and we trust that they use their own professional judgment when it comes to supporting their students’ career efforts. We don’t ask them to dip into job placement on top of that.

You can also look at it this way – is a professor’s opinion of “best and brightest” the same as your HR Office’s? What about classroom culture vs. office culture? Even when they do have the credentials that our faculty members do, they are still strangers to you. How do you know that you will agree on what is best for your organization? So, unless you already have a relationship with a specific faculty member, we recommend that you not spend the time researching and reaching out to folks you haven’t met for hiring recommendations. Their responses will likely vary, and you’ll be putting in a lot of time with no guarantee of results.

All things considered, can we stop you from contacting faculty members? Well, no. But for the reasons outlined above, we recommend that you work with the Career Center and conduct traditional recruitment on campus. Trust me, we have plenty of options for you!

Is a Facebook profile the new Resume?

We’re noticing a new trend here in the college recruiting world, and it’s the idea of social media replacing traditional job applications. In the past month, we’ve been approached by two rather reputable organizations (one very large, and one more local) who are conducting their intern searches via Facebook. I am torn between two responses to this idea:

  • GenY reponse: How interesting! And new! And exciting! Wait…all of my friends will see that I’ve applied. What if I don’t want them to know? What if all of them apply too and then weaken my chances? Or, what if my current co-workers that are Facebook friends see that I’ve applied?  Hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
  • Professional Career Services response: How interesting! And new! Wait…applicants will be revealing pictures and personal information? That’s not supposed to happen during the pre-employment process. This could get messy…the EEOC doesn’t like it when that stuff comes up. Hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

I think it’s a bit too early to know where this trend will head but my guess is that we’ll see more companies trying it before the laws catch up.  In the meantime, as always, the UCI Career Center will not be endorsing any recruiting efforts that ask for a picture or prohibited personal information from applicants. Let us know if you have questions!