The career fair process is getting a makeover to help students shake the nerves of meeting recruiters.
Koofers, which was incorporated by three Tech alumni in 2008, is introducing a Campus Recruiter function to their website.
While LinkedIn and Hokies4Hire help students find jobs, Michael Rihani, co-founder and CEO of Koofers, said that students are more frequently visiting Koofers so it makes sense for it to be a “one-stop shop” by adding job searches to the website.
“Everybody’s coming to college to get a job,” Rihani said. “A job matching algorithm, for both students and employers, kind of closes your academic life cycle.”
This new service will connect recruiters with students before career fairs and cut down on time and cost for employers.
“Because of the quality of students that they can find through our service, the companies that utilize it will get more out of it than they would pay for,” said Brandon Carroll, vice president of business development at Koofers.
Recruiters have told founders of Koofers personally that the recruiting process is outdated and they want to be able to pick out who they want to talk to at the career fairs and even possibly meet with them beforehand.
Campus Recruiter will be an extension of Koofers where employers will be able to create their own profile and search for students.
Recruiters will be able to narrow their search for students by major and year, along with other specifications.
“Recruiters want to come to students, there just isn’t a good way to do it,” said Alex Rhea, Koofers employee and senior business information technology major.
Campus Recruiter is looking to make career fairs the later steps for recruiters and students, instead of just introductions.
“We are looking to make that process streamlined so they can spend their time on the good recruits,” Rhea said. “You can’t tell how someone will fit into your company from a piece of paper.”
To help with this new demand, Campus Recruiter is changing the process and encouraging recruiters to connect with students online while still keeping human interaction a factor.
The online interviewing will be similar to a career fair, so employers will still be able to determine if a student will fit into their company’s
“Technology can lose the human aspect of it, that’s why we think video interviewing is a big part of still keeping that human element,” Rhea said. “The majority of recruiters will know if they are going to hire a candidate within 30 seconds.”
On the student side of Koofers, not much will change.
In the next couple of weeks all users will be asked to update their profiles and add more information, such as job history, skills and preferred job location.
In order to help students have the right type of photograph for their updated profile, Koofers will be taking professional photos at the Engineering Expo and Business Horizons.
They will upload the photo right to an individual’s Koofers profile and send the raw image via email. The photos will be free.
“We’re Hokies, we care,” Carroll said. “If we can help Hokies find jobs faster, it’s better for Virginia Tech, its better for the students, better for the community and better for the employers.”