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ERIC Number: EJ832055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Career Centers See More Students and Fewer Recruiters in Tight Job Market
Kolowich, Steve
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n23 pA30 Feb 2009
As students and alumni have crowded into campus career centers seeking help in their job searches, corporate recruiters have made themselves scarce. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, these are common symptoms during the economic downturn. Of the 50 or so colleges and universities the group surveyed this fall, more than half reported an increase in career-center traffic, while only 20 percent reported a decrease. The survey also revealed a drop in the number of companies participating in campus job fairs, interviewing students on site, and posting openings on career-center job boards. Although many college administrations have been wary of hiring new staff in a time of fiscal uncertainty, increasing numbers of distressed students has prompted a number of career centers to request reinforcements. It is not just current students who are availing themselves of college career centers; some institutions reported that many young alumni who have lost their jobs are soliciting advice and resources as well. To woo employers, some colleges have suspended fees for companies participating in campus job fairs and are reaching out to new companies, emphasizing the importance of tapping personal connections, and appealing to the loyalty of successful alumni in stable industries. Networking, a tactic that centers have promoted for years, has become the watchword of recession-era career counseling. In addition to coaching students on cultivating professional contacts, many colleges are taking their own advice to broaden their strategic relationships. However, despite their best efforts, career-center officials cannot fully curb the impact of a recession on student job prospects. While trying to avoid inciting an unwarranted level of anxiety among soon-to-be-graduates, counselors are also warning students against unrealistic expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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