The University of New Haven recently announced that it is the first college in the country to implement interactive software that instantly matches students looking for job openings with the employers looking to fill them.
The University is the beta test site for the software, developed by the Israeli company AcadeME. The University of New Haven already has 2,000 active student and alumni accounts and several hundred employers participating.
"We have been working with AcadeME for the past 18 months to fully develop the system," said Matt Caporale, director of career development. "It works like a dating service. Students develop their profiles, as well as resumes, and tell their story. Employers post jobs, and when they do, the system automatically tells them which students match their requirements."
The system, which is algorithm-based, provides tools that help students and alumni tell their stories. Best of all, the software flips the process most universities use, allowing the matching to work both ways – not only can students seek out employers, but also employers can seek out the best-qualified students.
"The software is helping the university build its reputation with employers, and it is providing an incredible service to our students," Caporale said. "The interactive nature of the system gives quick results for both employers and students."
Since employers can contact those students that interest them, there is less frustration on the parts of both the students and the employers, Caporale said. "AcadeMe has flipped the job hunting process," Caporale says. "It has put power in the employers' hands and taken advantage of the benefits of social media, which students understand."
SOURCE University of New Haven