How To Work With Colleges/Universities To Recruit Students To Your Jobs

By Danielle Wirsansky on September 12, 2016

Universities and colleges are great hunting and recruiting grounds for new employees. Even before they graduate, students are constantly and eagerly searching for jobs in order to support themselves.

They are also great for recruiting because you can snare students right before they graduate and get yourself committed employees with degrees. But your haul from the hunt will only be as good as your lure and your traps. You need to know how to catch the attention of students so that not only do you find employees, you find the best new employees possible.

It is important to work with colleges and universities in order to recruit students to your jobs. Read on to discover some great ways to reach out and connect!

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Contact related school organizations.

College campuses can have hundreds, if not thousands, of student and school organizations so there are bound to be a few that pertain to the kind of employee you are looking for.

There are career specific organizations, such as groups for those interested in being nurses or teachers. There are also organizations based on specific charities and philanthropic groups that might have similar goals to your own organization. There are even simply academic honor societies filled with the best and the brightest students, all clustered together already for your recruiting pleasure.

If you are interested in people with a certain job set or skill set, you can reach out to organizations that have student officers filling those roles to recruit, confident they know how to do and have experience with this kind of job already. This can be marketing, finance, or even simply a leadership position.

Students want to support each other, so if they are not interested, they will be sure to pass the information on to someone who might be better suited!

Reach out to relevant university career advisers.

Many universities have a career center situated to help students find jobs. But some take it a step further by hiring specific career liaisons that work at the career center but are assigned to specific departments to help those students in particular.

You can take your own recruiting a step further as well by contacting the liaisons of departments that have the kind of potential employees you are interested in directly and letting them know about your company and the kind of student you are looking for. Often, these advisers send out emails to students alerting them to potential job openings of interest so you can get the word out to your ideal job candidates.

And by speaking with and building a rapport with the adviser, they will be more likely to recommend your place of work to their students.

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Post on university job bulletins.

Universities want their students to get hired and be successful, so many of them have job bulletins in order to aid their students in finding jobs. There are a lot of scam job postings out there so the university helps to aid students in weeding out legitimate job openings from phishing scams.

Having your job openings posted on one of these bulletins assures students that your claims of searching for student employees is for real and they will one, find the job posting more easily and two, apply for it because they know it is for real and approved by their school.

You can also help students figure out exactly what kind of student you are looking for. They do not want to waste their time applying for a job they know they will not get and you do not want to waste your time going through the applications of unqualified applicants. You can help everybody out by being very clear about the qualifications you are looking for.

Advertise in university Facebook groups.

Many universities have sets of Facebook pages that are private, where only those with email addresses belonging to the school’s domain are able to join. You can work with the university in order to gain access to the students that belong to these groups. A majority of students belong to them, if they have a Facebook page (which of course, a majority of them do have).

Often, they have job specific groups where students can search for postings about job openings. It is just another place to share your job postings and information with your target employee audience and recruit potential employees who are qualified for the kind of work your job openings require.

Students are able to share job postings with others who might be interested or qualified much easier so you can be sure that your job positing will fall into capable hands and spread, helping to advertise your firm at the same time and get your name established with those not currently in the market for a job but who will be in the future.

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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