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December 7, 2009Baylor Career Services is strengthening students' job-hunting skills
By Randy Fiedler
As thousands of Baylor students prepare to enter one of the most challenging job markets in recent years, more students than ever are making use of the University's HireABear system to help them find employment.
HireABear is the system used by Baylor Career Services to provide students with the resources needed to mount a successful job hunt.
"We're not a job placement agency, but we provide valuable resources of varying types to put students in the best position to acquire either professional internships or full-time employment," Dr. John H. Boyd, director of career services, said.
Baylor students begin the process by registering at www.hireabear.com
, which gives them free access to resources including an employer database with more than 2,000 companies, listings for internships, part-time jobs and full-time jobs, a listing of mentors and access to premium job search websites such as vault.com and wetfeet.com.
Among the most popular features of Baylor's HireABear system are the free career fairs held on campus each fall and spring. During the fall 2009 job fair, about 850 students came to talk with representatives from 103 companies looking for college graduates to hire.
"In spring 2010, we'll have six career fairs, and each one will deal with more specific types of employment," Boyd said. "The spring career fairs will include an education career fair, a science, engineering, math and technology fair, a nonprofit organization career fair, a student athlete fair, a Work in Waco job expo and a job-internship fair."
"Face-to-face access to more than 100 companies each semester is an invaluable asset to Baylor students," Dr. John R. Knue, senior lecturer in information systems, said. "Numerous students have received interviews and jobs through the contacts they made at the career fairs."
Other popular services offered each semester to students are free seminars on topics related to the job search, including interviewing, writing résumés and cover letters, job search strategies, networking, negotiating a job offer and transitioning from college into full-time employment.
Through HireABear, student job seekers may submit a résumé to be placed in an online file that can be accessed by potential employers looking to hire Baylor graduates.
"For our students, this resource is an important tool that fits their techno-savvy lifestyles," Leigh Ann Marshall, director of advancement for the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Baylor students also can visit the Career Services website to find out about upcoming on-campus interviews and register to receive one-on-one help with things such as fine-tuning résumés and participating in mock interviews. There's even a Baylor Career Services Facebook page
that students can become a fan of to receive updates on career fairs and other events.
The Baylor faculty and staff who help their students find work say that using the services offered by HireABear makes a difference.
"All 1,000 students in our first-year business class are introduced to the services offered by HireABear," Dr. Blaine McCormack, associate professor of management, said. "It's an incredible tool for the success-minded student."
The Paul L. Foster Success Center
offers support to Baylor students through Career Services, Career Counseling, Academic Advisement, Academic Support Programs and Access and Learning Accommodation.