[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!
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!
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!