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Posted March 23, 2016 by

Planning for college recruitment

Creating a college recruitment program from scratch is a daunting task. This 3-part video series featuring The WorkPlace Group (WPG) experts Dr. Domniki Demetriadou, Partner and Director of Assessment Services, and Dr. Steven Lindner, Executive Partner, provides talent acquisition leaders with suggestions and guidelines for starting their own college recruitment programs.

The video series is hosted by College Recruiter’s Content Manager, Bethany Wallace. Part 1 provides talent acquisition professionals tips about getting started when planning a college recruitment program.

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The first place to start when planning a college recruitment program is to identify objectives for developing a college recruitment program. This helps identify internship opportunities within the organization; this transfers into considering which degrees match up with internship needs. After this, employers must consider their resources. Resources include not only budgetary items but also time, staffing hours, and travel time.

Dr. Demetriadou advises her clients to determine “what [they] need, where [they] need it, and how much [they] are willing to invest in the process.”

Part 2 helps college recruiters with the school selection process.

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Once college recruiters have identified their objectives and resources, it’s time to do an environmental scan. One of the factors to consider is geography. Will staff need to travel to conduct campus recruiting visits and OCIs (on campus interviews)? Will students need to travel to visit the employer facility/headquarters?

Another factor to keep in mind is diversity, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. If the university is large, but the demographics do not offer a diverse candidate pool, recruiters may want to remove the university from the target list or consider re-prioritization.

It’s also important to consider whether it’s more beneficial to recruit nationally or regionally. It may be helpful to create a tiered list for college recruiting.

Consider the curriculum at the universities. Do they match with the available internships and entry-level jobs?

These are just a few of the factors to consider when doing an environmental scan when planning for college recruitment.

Part 3 wraps up the college recruitment planning process and discusses how to narrow down the school selection list.

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Although there is no such thing as having too large a list of schools during the planning phase or beginning stages of the college recruitment planning process, Dr. Steven Lindner mentions that part of the college recruitment process is narrowing down the target list for college recruiting. He reminds viewers that there is a difference between visiting schools and recruiting from them.

In the beginning, it’s great to keep college recruiting options broad to ensure meeting objectives. However, as recruiters consider their resources, they must narrow down the target list significantly in order to work within the constraints of their budgets.

Dr. Demetriadou reminds viewers to “think big, but implement small.”

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Dr. Steven Lindner, Executive Partner, WPG

Dr. Steven Lindner, Executive Partner, WPG

Dr. Steven Lindner is the executive partner of The WorkPlace Group®, a leading “think-tank” provider of recruitment services assisting companies ranging from small, fast growing businesses to multinational Fortune 500 companies. He is an expert in Talent Acquisition and Assessment, has appeared in many radio and TV interviews and a frequent presenter at HR conferences.  He writes weekly employment articles for the NY Daily News and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.



Dr. Domniki Demetriadou, is a partner and director of assessment services of The WorkPlace Group®, a leading “think-tank” provider of recruitment services assisting

Dr. Domniki Demetriadou, Partner and Director of Assessment Services, WPG

Dr. Domniki Demetriadou, Partner and Director of Assessment Services, WPG

companies ranging from small, fast growing businesses to multinational Fortune 500 companies.  Demetriadou is an expert in Talent Acquisition and Assessment, and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American National Standards Taskforce. She is a frequent presenter at HR conferences and has led many multinational recruiting programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Graduate Center at Baruch College, CUNY.

Posted May 13, 2008 by

Seeing The World While Working

As a college student, you are likely young, inclined towards new experiences and willing to learn. If you are also fond of seeing new places and meeting new people, the opportunities found in international internships are something you should really take the time to look into.
International internships offer the chance to see the world while working at a job, usually of a humanitarian type but not always, and meeting new people. These international internship opportunities are available in a wide range of locations and pay scales. Some international internships are unpaid, though they usually provide room and board, while others are paid internships that provide a small amount of financial recompense for the work you deliver. The humanitarian internships provide a great way to help others and find the better parts of humanity within yourself which can be a very enlightening and moving experience. Both paid and unpaid internships offer a great way to have new cultural experiences, meet new people and see places you might have, otherwise, never even heard of, often on someone else’s expense account.
In addition to the benefits provided by travel and social experiences, the international internship provides further benefits that can be of great assistance to you when you return from your tour and start looking for entry level jobs closer to home. These benefits are the valuable work experience and hands on training you will receive during your internship experience as well as the network you will be developing. Working side by side with other interns like yourself as well as those who have offered the opportunity, you have the occasion to make new friends and acquaintances with the people who will be leading the corporate world. This network of friends may prove very valuable in future job seeking activities.

Posted May 03, 2008 by

The Educational Requirements of a Lawyer

If you are entering college with the idea of going into the practice of law for an entry level job, what educational requirements will you be expected to meet?
Before you ever get your first entry level job as a lawyer, you will be required to attend a minimum of seven years of post high school education in most states. This includes a four year college degree and three years of law school. Though there are no officially sanctioned pre-law classes, the legal student would do well to be proficient at writing, speaking, reading, research and logical thought as these skills are employed on a daily basis by those in the legal profession. It is additionally recommended that your college studies encompass a broad range of interests including foreign languages, public oration, historical studies, government, mathematics, economics and philosophy, as all of these areas fall under the scrutiny of the law and will prove useful to you in your career field. For those seeking entry level jobs or internships in specific areas of the law, attending specialized courses in those areas of study may be helpful as well.
When your four years of college is over, prepare for intense competition to be accepted into almost any law school. The sheer number of applicants to these schools has forced many of these schools to turn away promising law students merely because there were not enough openings for them. To increase your chances of acceptance to the law school you want, apply early, have strong marks in your undergraduate education and use internships to gain work experience.
During the first year and a half of law school expect to spend much of your time studying the core concepts of law and its functions while attending clinics to further your education or being invited to participate in internships. After the first year and a half, the opportunity for specialized law studies becomes available and you may choose to hone your skills in tax, labor or corporate law. For those seeking a further education, an additional year of law school will confer a joint degree that can be specialized to the field of law you wish to pursue.
In addition to these education requirements, the majority of U.S. states require lawyers to attend continuing education courses to stay current with changes to the laws.

Posted May 03, 2008 by

Preparing for a Career in Sales Management

Are you a highly competitive, self starter who likes to work with a team to achieve success? Can you put in long hours and handle high stress situations? Do you like to travel extensively and get paid well for doing it? If you answered yes to these questions, then you may find the entry level job of a sales manager to be to your liking.
The entry level sales manager job entails the oversight of the sales team for their company, assigning territories and promoting programs target at sales representatives to increase the sales of a product or service offered by their company by setting goals and implementing training programs. The entry level job of the sales manager also includes communicating with suppliers and distributors to establish statistical information for profit potential and inventory requirements, thus insuring the supply is on hand to meet the demand of the customers.
Companies offering entry level jobs in the field of sales management primarily seek college graduates with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in business administration and a strong background in marketing related course work. Business law, economics, finance and statistics are also highly recommended fields of study for the potential sales manager. For companies that deal mainly with technology, a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science coupled with a master’s degree in business administration is a powerful combination when found in a prospective employees resume.
In addition to the college course work, previous work experience gained through internships, such as those found on the internship listings of, is a highly sought after commodity for companies seeking to hire new employees for entry level sales management positions.

Posted May 03, 2008 by

Paying Your Way Through College as a Medical Assistant

For those of us who don’t have a huge trust fund or a scholarship to fall back on, the expenses of becoming a full time student can be a bit of a deterrent when the time comes to sign up for the next semester at college. If you find yourself balking at the cost of text books and tuition but you have always dreamed of a career in the medical field, there is a practical solution to the problem.
By finding an entry level job or internship opportunity as a medical assistant, you can earn the extra money to help with your expenses while gaining valuable work experience and on the job training. Since these entry level positions do not require extensive education beyond that of a high school curriculum, the college student is well qualified for the job and should have no trouble finding a situation to fill their needs. The entry level medical assistant job or internship also makes a great introduction to the medical field so that you will have a more solid understanding of the theory and techniques taught in your college course work.
The duties of the medical assistant vary from locality and even individual facility preferences but usually consists of retrieving patients medical information, as well as performing administrative and clinical tasks to assure smooth operation of the medical facility. Administrative duties may include answering phones, setting up appointments and establishing communications between hospitals and laboratories regarding admissions or tests that are required by the doctor. The clinical duties of the entry level medical assistant job are subject to regulation by the state in which they work but most often these duties include sterilization and disinfection of exam rooms and assisting the physician with menial tasks.

Posted May 02, 2008 by

An Internship Opportunity That Will Help You Find a Teaching Career

For college students who have decided that they are interested in becoming educational professionals after graduation the internship opportunity of a teachers assistant provides a very good means to gain first hand knowledge and experience in the field. If you are interested in this opportunity, read on to learn more about what is required of you.
According to a May 2006 report of the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average teachers assistant was drawing a salary of just over $21,000 annually. The tasks performed by teachers assistants include clerical and instructional support for the primary teacher as well as providing individual attention to students requiring extra assistance, thus allowing the primary teacher more time to focus on the education of the class as a whole unit. The position of a teachers assistant is primarily a support position that allows the intern to learn the basics of classroom management without thrusting them directly into the path of teaching in exchange for their time and services, which helps to improve the overall academic experience for students and reduces the work load on the primary teacher.
If you are interested in an internship opportunity as a teachers assistant, make use of the Entry Level Job and Internship postings at to find openings in your area. The internship opportunity will give you a great opportunity to learn first hand about your career choice and will also reward you with valuable work experience for your resume when applying for entry level jobs in teaching positions later on.

Posted April 27, 2008 by

The Entry Level Job Market In Columbia Missouri

If you are a college student at a college such as Mizzou in Columbia, Missouri, you may very well be interested in staying for more than just the school year. If you find that you want to extend your stay, then finding work becomes a necessity. While the local news papers and job postings have certainly been known to provide sources for those seeking work in the past, there are better and more reliable ways for the college student seeking to find an entry level job to locate work.
Columbia, Missouri offers a pleasant environment within a rapidly growing economic structure. Technology jobs are becoming more abundant, as well as healthcare and engineering positions. With the additional benefit of being the home of several large college campuses and hospitals, it is easy to understand why the entry level job market is experiencing such massive growth. The employers are seeking entry level employees but as we discussed earlier, the traditional methods of job hunting may not be adequate. That being said, what sources of entry level job information can be made use of by the college student seeking to stay in Columbia, Missouri year round?
One such source of information about entry level work in Columbia, Missouri and hundreds of other places is the Entry level job and Internship pages at, where you can perform a quick search of a specific field of work or city, not to mention expanded searches that include the whole global job market. By taking the time to look at this search tool as well as the blog post and insightful articles found at the site, you can ascertain what entry level work is available in Columbia, Missouri or your hometown.

Posted April 27, 2008 by

Finding Entry Level Jobs When the Job Market is Poor

Nearly all of us have been out of work at some point in our lives. We know that during that time we would have been content to find any job, be it an entry level position or whatever was available. Todays recent college graduates are experiencing the same turmoil as they begin their search for the entry level jobs that will blossom into their own careers. If you find yourself among this class of job hunters who face the task of finding entry level employment in an already overcrowded job market, what can you do to improve your chances?
First, be active in the pursuit of your entry level job. You can’t just mail off one or two copies of your resume each week and then sit back and wait. The term job hunter is very fitting because in todays job market, you often have to actively pursue the opportunities that you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to call a prospective employer and ask for an interview or to follow up interest after you have been interviewed. Send your resume out to as many prospective employers as possible. Just as a hunter may spend days pursuing his quarry to no avail, the entry level job seeker is often disappointed at the end of the day as well but the successful job seeker will continue to hunt for their own entry level position.
Secondly, keep your job hunting equipment in good order and close at hand. Deer hunters like to tell the story of the hunter who stalked a big buck trying to get a clean shot for several days to no avail. On the last day of the season, he laid his gun down and walked over to a group of bushes to answer natures call… and walked into the side of the buck he had been hunting. Don’t be like that hunter. Keep your resume updated and ready to use. In an overcrowded job market, getting there first often means getting the job.
Finally, use the right equipment. When you are looking for an entry level job or internship opportunities, very few resources are as helpful and effective as those found at so if you have the opportunity, make use of these wonderful tools such as the Entry level job and Internship search page. In addition to this search tool, there is a plethora of informative articles and blog posting to be found on the site. With these resources and a little determination, you can find entry level work in a poor job market.

Posted April 16, 2008 by

Choosing your career Part Three: Bringing it all together

In the previous two posts, we discussed the importance of planning and preparation to your career. In this post we will continue that train of thought with a few words about how to apply our new found knowledge.
By knowing what our life and career goals are at the beginning of our educational journey and recognizing the boundaries that our chosen area of residence places upon us, we can best decide how to pursue the career we want and find both entry level jobs and internships in this field.
It is possible to bring your career to exactly where you want it to go but those points must be taken into consideration and held to closely, just as the navigator onboard a sailing vessel must pay careful attention to his charts and instruments.
When you have decided what you want your career to do for you and researching the market for that career has proven that it is, indeed, a good choice, then it is time to choose the best school and education opportunities that you can obtain. Choose courses that will allow you for the higher salary of specialized careers without excluding you from more general entry level career opportunities. Having a major study in one field and a minor study in a related field can be a valuable asset if you can handle this level of academic pressure.
While attending school, locating an entry level job or internship opportunity, such as those found on the Entry Level Job and Internship Pages at, may also prove very valuable because it allows you to gain on the job work experience that employers value greatly, thus improving your odds of successfully steering your career in the direction you want it to go after college. Come aboard, Captain. Your ship is waiting.

Posted March 23, 2008 by

Explaining the unpaid internship to your parents

“Mom, Dad, I decided to be an intern this summer. I won’t be getting paid but…”
This comment seems to be the nightmare of many parents who have worked hard to see their son or daughter go through college. They hear the internship part and think “Hooray, this kid finally found a job,” and then, moments later, the hope is dashed by the unpaid part. If you are considering an unpaid internship, explaining it to your folks can be a tough part of the decision but it really doesn’t have to be.
When you have made your decision and the moment for the conversation has arrived, be prepared and you can win over almost any parent. Take the time to learn about the internship position you will be signing on to and be prepared to answer any questions they might have.
Demonstrate to your parents that you are using sound judgement by pointing out the benefits of an unpaid internship, such as the extra training and work experience that would be difficult or expensive to obtain through other means. Point out that it adds another dimension to your resume, giving you an edge as a person who cares about their causes and does more than just talks about them. Illustrate to them that the experience you gain during the time of your internship makes you a more valuable asset to prospective employers in the future, thus mitigating any present financial losses.
Lastly, be firm and respectful. If you can fully explain the reasons why you have chosen a particular internship opportunity, then you know why you want to take advantage of it. Be firm in explaining that it is your choice and while you respect their concerns, it is a choice you have made. By doing so, you can hopefully win over your parents support for your decision to become an unpaid intern.