Ways Colleges Recruit High Schoolers That Job Recruiters Should Use To Hire College Students

By Danielle Wirsansky on February 28, 2016

As the years go by, colleges are becoming more and more competitive as each tries to recruit more and better high schoolers to attend them. In the same way, job recruitment is becoming equally as spirited as companies try to recruit the best and the brightest to work for them right out of college.

Colleges are adopting more aggressive tactics to recruit students that job recruiters can also utilize in their search for better candidates. Read on to see some new strategies any job recruiter can employ in order to attract better employees.

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Online Ratings

We live in a virtual world and there’s no corner of the globe or any person or company on it that can escape the internet’s far reach. Keeping that in mind, make sure that your company has a positive online presence. You want to make sure your company has positive reviews so that you don’t turn off prospective employees. The way that a company deals with a customer is a good indication of how they will deal with their employees. If a customer is treated poorly you can bet the employees are being treated poorly too.

There are also websites where past and current employees can leave your company reviews of what it’s like to work there, the advantages, and the disadvantages. If you have past employees putting your company on blast, you can kiss those talented prospective employees goodbye. Having positive and authentic comments, information, and reviews are very much a selling point for those looking to work for your company. An important note is that the reviews should sound candid and genuine. Twenty reviews that are all written mechanically and verbatim can be just as much of a drawback as a bad review.

If a prospective employee has done their homework, and if they are a strong candidate that you actually want working for you, bad reviews are not something you want them to see.

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Hosting Hangouts

Following the vein of the previous tip, testimony is a really great way to recruit students to work for you. One step further than online reviews are the real live opinions of fresh-out-of-college employees that already work for you. They can be formal or informal events, in person like a dinner event or hanging out at a coffee shop, or via virtual hangouts, like Google+ or live streamed events, whatever suits the purposes and style of your company.

Then let the employees you already have show how great it is to work for you in a way that doesn’t feel forced. You’re able to give prospective employees an inside look at what working for your company would feel like as well as the kind of people they would be working with to see if it might be a good fit. You’re also showing prospective employees a glimpse of just how much you want them to work for you and to what degree you’ll go to recruit them. The effort you put in as a recruiter makes a prospective employee’s work up until that point feel appreciated.

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Incredible Facilities

Nothing is more inviting to a prospective employee than a really nice, modern office space with conveniences. A crappy, shabby, and dilapidated office is not inviting.

You are trying to lure these new students to come work with you, to spend years working at your company, to maybe devote their entire careers to this business. These people will be spending the majority of every day in this space. And if it’s dank and depressing, they aren’t going to want to do it. Employees will only last so long in those kinds of environments. You want to produce the best environment for them so that your employees will in turn be their most productive and give back to the business.

The companies most known for their competitiveness in recruiting students as their employees, like Disney, have state of the art facilities that have been developed to help their employees be as creative as possible and so that all their time and energy is focused on their work and their creative and productive energy will just flow right out of them.

The harder your employees work, the more successful the company will be. And the happier your employees, the more likely you’ll recruit and keep them.

By Danielle Wirsansky

Uloop Writer
Florida State University
Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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