UMUC’s Career Services team hosted one of its most attended Virtual Recruiter Sessions on January 25, 2018 with 10 organizations and more than 300 UMUC alumni and students who participated. Employers from various industries were represented in the event, which included Ernst & Young, UMUC HR, GCubed, Inc., Concord Hospitality, netPolarity, Entertainment Cruises, DXC Technology, Association of American Medical Colleges, Child Care Aware of America, and Library of Congress.
Each recruiter, representing their respective organization, had the ability to access resumes and connect with students and alumni prior to the event through the virtual event platform. During the event, students and alumni posted questions and their elevator pitch in the discussion board found in each employer booth, which allowed direct feedback and interaction between the two parties. UMUC’s Career Services and Alumni Relations staff members were also available to answer any questions. Many recruiters commented on how well prepared the students and alumni were.
“My team connected with several strong candidates that were well prepared and knew a lot about our organization,” Ernst and Young’s Alisha Jamison noted. “We were able to schedule interviews directly from the event.”
For many of the recruiters, this was their first experience with a virtual recruiter session. “This was my first experience with a virtual recruitment event and it’s a pretty modern way of connecting with talent,” noted Marcella Martinez from netPolarity, a staffing company based in California.
Students and alumni also had the opportunity to visit the virtual “Career Prep” area to receive tips for their career as well as chat with UMUC staff and schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor in the in the “networking lounge.”
Darren Cox serves as the director of employer services at UMUC and primarily works to connect students and alumni to hiring employers. He has over 14 years’ experience in the career and workforce development arena in the non-profit, District of Columbia government and university sectors. Some of his key responsibilities in his current role are to meet with employers to identify their recruitment needs and work to connect UMUC candidates to open positions.