Category Archives: Job postings

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

Is timing really everything?

For those who are working closely with us here on campus, you might already know that today is the last day official day of class for the Fall 2011 quarter. Which means…next week is Finals Week!  And shortly after that, campus will start to get very, very quiet, as students head home for the holidays. The reason I’m bringing all of this up is to address just how the academic calendar can affect recruitment and hiring.

Granted, not every employer can hire around a school schedule, we certainly get that. ZotLink never closes, so you are absolutely welcome to post your positions as they become available. But, for those who do have the luxury of choosing when to recruit, we suggest keeping the following in mind…

  • UCI is on a quarter system, meaning we have three 10-week academic terms per year – Fall, Winter, and Spring, plus Summer quarter, which is its own entity.  A link to our academic calendars can be found here.
  • The first week of each quarter can be hectic for students – changing schedules, fighting for space in classes, settling back into a routine, etc. It’s not an ideal time to put up a new posting, if you can avoid it.
  • The last week of classes, along with finals week, are also not the best times to recruit. For most, the priorities will be finishing up with academics and going home. 
  • And of course, ZotLink activity is quieter during actual breaks.  UCI Student Housing is closed for breaks/holidays, so going further with hiring steps (interviewing, etc.) can also be tough during these times. 

Is it still possible for you to successfully recruit during parts of the year when ZotLink is quieter? Yes, of course. I wouldn’t say that timing is everything, but when it comes to recruiting, it’s certainly  something.  It nevers hurts to keep the ebbs and flows of the academic calendar in mind as you plan out your  recruiting schedule.

Speaking of schedules, a heads-up that next week, four staff members from UCI (including me) will be representing the Career Center at the annual MPACE Conference in Portland. Get ready for some live blogging coming your way from Oregon!

In the meantime, have a great weekend!
-DBO

Why aren’t more students applying to my posting? (FAQ’s 4.0)

This question helps me revisit that childhood dream of becoming a detective, since there is never a clear, one-size-fits-all answer to give.  It usually takes a little bit of digging to determine how to answer this question. Here are some of the many things we have to consider when someone brings this topic up:

  • What time of year/academic quarter is it?
    Indeed, there are times of the year when ZotLink is quieter. Midterms, finals, spring break, summer term, the list goes on. All of these shifts in the calendar mean that students are either busy or away, and that they are checking ZotLink less often.  There are also times when recruitment season is in full swing and it’s busier on ZotLink, meaning that you will have more competition with your posting.
  • How much (and what kind of) information is in the posting?
    Our students are very savvy. Clear, concise, error-free descriptions that demonstrate your company’s professionalism are going to be appreciated. Blank sections, vague information, or unclear messages will deter applicants.
  • How is the position described, and named?
    I can certainly understand the desire to stand out and showcase your company’s personality, though if you have a creatively-named position, be aware that not everyone will understand it.  Calling a Sales Representative a “Life Changing Relationship Builder” may match your company’s values, but it won’t make sense to those who aren’t as familiar with your lingo or personality.
  • What type of position is it?
    There are some types of opportunities that are simply more popular among our student body than others. Personally, I believe that nearly every internship, entry-level or junior position has a spot on ZotLink (we have over 40,000 students and alumni registered), but that doesn’t mean students are equally interested in all of them, unfortunately.
  • Is the compensation fair?
    There are a number of things many people (students or non-students) expect to get paid to do. Calling the experience an “unpaid internship” does not change that, and might lead to a less-enthusiastic applicant pool. On a related note, if your position is unpaid, but it shows up next to four identical opportunities that ARE paid, that will affect someone’s decision whether or not to apply.
  • What else do students know your company (from online sources, the news, word of mouth, etc.)?
    You could have the most perfectly-worded, perfectly-timed, well-compensated position in the world, though if a student knows someone who had a miserable internship experience, or who doesn’t like working with your organization, that may inhibit their application. In addition, if your organization has received bad press or has negative reviews online, that will also be a factor. 

Please keep in mind that you don’t have to figure everything out by yourself – my colleagues and I are here to work with employers and ensure that your recruiting efforts are going as smoothly as possible. I’ll gladly talk to anyone wondering how to maximize a posting.  Deep down, I like that detective feeling!

Until next time,
DBO

OCI: Short for “On-Campus Interviewing” OR “Ooh, Can I?”

OCI is off-and-running, my friends!  Starting earlier this month, and continuing throughout this quarter, we will have a number of employers visiting our center and using our interview rooms to meet with our students, their potential employees. This is an exciting time at the Career Center (especially for my colleague Michelle F., who oversees all OCI scheduling).

For those who are unfamiliar with, or who are new to on-campus recruitment, I thought I’d offer a quick explanation about OCI.  It stands for On-Campus Interviewing, which is just what it sounds like. Participating employers can use ZotLink to manage their recruitment from start to finish (with help from Career Center staff). They have the ability to post positions, schedule interviews, communicate with candidates, and of course, interview them here on campus.

Here is the interview space

Here is Michelle, the Career Center staff member behind all the magic

 And, here is the tool that you (employers) can use to sign-up:

OCI can work very well for employers who are from out-of-town, who are managing a high volume of student candidates, or for those who want to streamline their UCI student recruitment efforts. And yes, it’s a free service. 

Now, I’m going to put this out there – many spots for Fall are already filled. That said, if anyone wants to join us over the next few weeks, please feel free to reach out and we’ll do our best to get you on the schedule. OR, put it on your calendar to consider for Winter Term – interviews will go from January 27-March 16. Further updates about future scheduling will be posted here, as they become available.

That said, have a great weekend, everyone!

-DBO

How do I reach out to more students/alumni about my job opportunity? (FAQs, Part 3.0)

What a good question, I’m so glad you asked! For the sake of conversation, let’s assume that you have already posted on ZotLink when you’re asking this.

The good news is, the Career Center offers a number of opportunities and recommendations to help you in this area. While some of our services do have various charges attached (reminder: ZotLink is not one of them), there are some things employers can do with a $0 budget to help your recruitment. Let’s begin with those, shall we? 

  • Use resume books
    When employers have a position available, they are welcome to request access to UCI resume books to actively view and search resumes of students (who have opted into the collection). Interested employers can contact me for questions and access at dena.o [at] uci.edu.
  • Volunteer with the Career Center
    We love our employer volunteers! There are opportunities available throughout the year for employers to come speak on a panel, perform resume reviews, offer mock interviews, etc. All of these opportunities allow for direct interaction with students which, as we all know, can help with recruitment efforts. Volunteer opportunities do tend to be in high demand by our employer friends, so if this is an area in which you are interested, it’s best to let me or one of my colleages know, and we can go over what we’re looking for with you. Space is limited, and we also like to be clear on the kind of information you’re providing to ensure that it doesn’t conflict with our values/mission.
  • Reach out to student orgs
    UCI Student Organizations are listed online here, and the site allows viewers to look up clubs and contacts. It is free for employers to find student groups that may be interested in their organization (there are hundreds of clubs, dozens of which have a professional focus).

That said, my colleagues and I are here to ensure that you are maximizing your efforts (and, not paying for things that you don’t need). Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you are interested in any of the above options: dena.o [at] uci.edu

On that note, Happy Friday, all! Enjoy your weekend!

-DBO

Job postings: Good vs. Great (2 of 2)

You may recall this posting that first introduced the topic of good vs. great job postings. It’s time to dive a little deeper…
  • Be up front about key information. I know that there are times when it is in the poster’s best interest to leave out the name of the employer (confidential searches, third-party recruiters, etc.) but for the majority of posts, it is best to fill in every space on the form. Waiting to hear if the position is in the LA or the Dallas office?  Don’t put “nationwide.” Wait until you find out before you put the post up.
  • Know the difference between “job function” and “industry.” For example, if a circus is hiring a web developer, the job function is “Web Development,” while the industry is entertainment. Answering this question properly will help ensure that students searching the database are finding you.
  • For salary level, putting “Paid Internship” or “DOE” isn’t technically wrong, but including “$14-16/hour” is much more helpful. It’s also a possible way to save some time in the long run, as student can self-select in or out of a search based on pay.
  • Let the details sell the position. For example, instead of just listing duties as “General Reception responsibilities,” let them know that “a typically day may include greeting clients, calendaring, research and front office support”
  • Has your organization received any awards?  Has someone on the team been featured in the media lately?  Include some recent accolades. Just be sure these kinds of details don’t overwhelm the rest of the information, as it should supplement, not dominate. Something like, “Our organization, which was just listed as the Top Company at Writing Job Postings on Dena Ogden’s LiveFromOC blog, is hiring for a front office assistant. Duties include…”

Please don’t be shy if you have questions. Most universities employ at least one person like me, who is available to help employers recruit students. We WANT you to hire our students, and we’d like to make the process as smooth as possible.

If the above info doesn’t get you excited to hire students, perhaps these photos will…I took these last week, right before and during our Work Study and On-Campus Employment Fair, a small event (yes, this is small for us) that we host during Welcome Week. As you can see, students are back on campus and looking for work!

Before

During

During (another angle)

 
 
-DBO

Job postings: Good vs. Great (1 of 2)

Hello again friends,

Happy Friday! For those who are local, hopefully you are enjoying this fall weather as much as me.  Now that I’ve pulled my boots out of the closet again, I’m a happy camper.

I wanted to use today’s post to share some quick and easy tips for employers looking to maximize their job postings on Zotlink.  For context, I’ve seen as many as 100+ new job postings in a day here at UCI, so volume has not been an issue for us in a while. That said, some jobs get far more interest from anteaters than others. And yes, while industry and the position itself certainly matter, there are some other things that employers can do to help make the most of their posting…

  • Job title: there is a section specifically designed for this, so I recommend using it as directed. Give the exact job title, and nothing else. No exclamation points, nothing vague like “Amazing opportunity” or “Foot-in-the-door Marketing position!!!!!” Just the job title. Please trust me on this.
  • In addition, for those who are consistent users of Zotlink and who are re-posting a previous position, consider deleting the “Copy” text that inserts itself into the “Job Title” section. Yes, it may be a copied position, but leaving the word there makes the opportunity look tired
  • UCI students, as a whole, are pretty savvy. Using lots of vague terminology and sales-speak to sway them will likely not get you too far. On the same token, they will likely want to research your company so ensure that your website (if you have one) is alive and kicking when you post.
  • Don’t be afraid to insert personality and perks into the posting. As I mentioned, some days have as many as 100 new postings, so what makes your position unique among them?  Feel free to tell the students if highlights include a casual work environment, flexible hours, a dynamic team, Free Lunch Fridays, etc…
  • Watch your length while still including key details. A 1,000-word job description might make some eyes glaze over, while 400-500 words will likely be thorough and concise enough for someone to understand the main points and apply in between classes.

Stay tuned for Part 2, which will cover more specifics and examples…

-DBO

PS – and for a little Fall Fashion Preview, check out our new Career Center T-shirts!  Not sure about you guys, I definitely dig the navy blue.

The back is even more snazzy. Pictures soon!