Depending on the day, we can see close 60 new job postings coming down the Zotlink* pipeline. I thought I’d share a bit about how we decide which companies to which I’ll request a visit. Here is a sampling of what I’m asking myself…
- Are lots of students applying to this job?
- Is this a unique opportunity for our student?
- Or, on the flip side, is it in one of our top recruited areas, but offering a new angle or “niche” opportunity?
- Is the position itself unique? True story – I visited an organization looking for Robotics Teaching Interns. There are definitely fewer Robotics Teaching Intern positions than there are, say, Marketing Intern opportunities.
- Was the job or company description especially engaging or attention-grabbing?
- Is there potential for a long-term recruitment relationship with this organization?
- Did this company invite me to visit?
Hopefully that gives a general sense – there are certainly more reasons outside of this list, but these are some of the basics.
Since we’re up to the third post now, I can probably let you all know that I am a fan of anything that looks like the country (which is one of the many reasons I’m excited to go to Texas next week for the National Association of Colleges and Employers [NACE] conference). Apparently, you can take the girl out of Eastern Washington, but you can’t take the Eastern Washington out of the girl. On that note, here is a picture I took after one of my employer visits. It’s not what I think of when someone says “Orange County” but lo and behold, it’s indeed the OC. Please excuse me while I go park in the field and turn on some country music.
*Zotlink is UCI’s online job posting board, which comes in the form of a snazzy website that is free for employers to use (and free for students to use to apply)