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Posted February 12, 2014 by

College Recruiter helping to increase number of young women in STEM careers

Faith Rothberg, CEO of CollegeRecruiter.com

Faith Rothberg, CEO of CollegeRecruiter.com

Saint Paul, MN (February 5, 2014) – Economists anticipate that within six years there will be 1.4 million job openings for computer specialists. A potential source for these jobs are graduates of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at American colleges and universities. Yet these schools graduate only about 400,000 STEM majors per year. One possibility for helping to greatly increase the number of grads is to increase the number of people entering the programs. There are a number of possible ways to accomplish that goal, but one of the most appealing is to encourage young women to enter the traditionally male dominated STEM fields.

Despite holding six in 10 American jobs, women held just 26 percent of computing occupations in 2012. Advance IT Minnesota launched the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing awards program to help bridge this gender and talent gap, and support, recognize and encourage young women in high school interested in computing and technology. To offer the award, Advance IT Minnesota partnered with College Recruiter along with a number of other Minnesota organizations including Cargill, ESP-IT, General Mills, Marco, Maverick Software Consulting, Microsoft, The Nerdery, Pearson, PeopleNet, Securian, Sport Ngin, Symantec, TC Chapter of the Association of Women in Computing, Thomson Reuters, Unisys, Upper Midwest Security Alliance (UMSA) and ViaWest. (more…)

Posted January 24, 2014 by

How Social Media Can and Should Be Used by Employers of College Students, Recent Grads

I had the honor earlier today of keynoting Loyola University’s January Employer Appreciation Breakfast. Unlike most keynote presentations, this one was a Skype video call during which Marty Gahbauer, assistant director for employer relations and recruiting at Loyola , and I discussed how employers can and should use social media sites such as Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Glassdoor, and others.

Despite a brutally cold day in Chicago, more than 80 employers registered for the event. The conversation that Marty and I had was immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring: (more…)

Posted April 19, 2013 by

Only 10% of Fortune 500 Employers Allow Job Seekers to Apply Using Mobile Devices

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

By Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

Ed Newman, currently at iMomentus, recently published a revised version of how the Fortune 500 is evolving when it comes to adopting mobile recruiting. Focusing on the careers side, he rated factors such as “the existence of a formal mobile-optimized corporate website, a mobile-optimized career section and mobile apply process. Companies were ranked in one of five categories: Front Runner, Early Stage, Treading Water, Toe in the Water and Off the Radar.”

According to Ed, progress has been made in the last six months but “very few companies are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to ensure a consistent brand experience on the mobile web.” Key findings in the report include: (more…)