Hiring 600 College Students

Submitted by: Jared Herman@ UDOC Marketing & Media Team

December rolls around and most people are thinking about Christmas gifts and memories to be made with family and friends, not this guy!  I am getting pumped to start recruiting my sales force for the summer of 2012! In the next 4 months, University Directories will hire 620 college interns from 200 universities nationwide for our summer sales and marketing internship. 

What do I look for in an intern?  I want a CHAMP! 

A CHAMP is an acronym we use when interviewing potential interns:

  • Coachable—are you willing to take advice?
  • Hardworking—do you quit when you face adversity? Or do you rise to the occasion?
  • Attitude—are you a negative person that brings down a team?  Or are you positive?
  • Motivated—when given a task or goal are you motivated to surpass that? Or settle for what is expected?
  • Passionate—when involved with a project do you give it all or settle for average?

Students with these controllable traits will have recruiters knocking at their doors to join their team. 



Hiring of College Graduates Expected to Increase in 2012

CBS (MoneyWatch) reported yesterday, according to a survey conducted by Michigan State University, more than 3,300 employers said the hiring of college graduates is expected to increase 4 percent across all degree levels.  These findings resonate with what we’re hearing as well.

Alex, a May 2011 graduate from UNC said the results don’t surprise her. “I wasn’t worried during my 1st semester of senior year, but 2nd semester I started to worry when I wasn’t getting quality responses from employers.  With the market turning around, I have to think that employment numbers for college grads will continue to increase.”

Alex would consistently send 15 resumes and cover letters a week to recruiters.  She landed 6 in-person interviews from her search.  “I imagined a scenario where there was a guy sorting stacks of resumes in the back room,” she joked.  “I had to think that resumes with college degrees and internships went in pile 1, and non-degrees went in pile 2. A college degree didn’t guarantee me a job, but I felt confident in my search because of my internships and experience.”

Her advice for current students, and post-grad friends still looking for a job:  “Explore various fields and make sure your resume and cover letters have a unique look.  Pinpoint exactly how you’ll add value to a company, and research your interviewer.”

“Try internships,” Alex added. “As many as you can.  Many of my friends were offered full time jobs from internships they took, and I’ve learned that my ability to communicate in the work place, my positive personality, and all my different experiences really made me stand out when I was interviewing.”

Submitted by: Jennifer Balyint @ UDOC