Job-search process goes high-tech
Archived article from Oct 23, 1998
By Pam Orel
An Internet-based job-search service available to Rutgers students and alumni is getting high marks for matching candidates with jobs and internships while reducing paperwork and associated costs. The service is offered by the Office of Career Services on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus.
"Last year, we had the best entry-level job market in over 20 years," said Richard White, director of career services for the campus. "The online system enabled us to enter job descriptions for over 500 employers and process 30,000 resumes -- all without collecting paper, stuffing envelopes or incurring large mailing costs."
The online service, called Interviewtrak, is offered through JOBTRAK of Los Angeles. It allows applicants and prospective employers to conduct all phases of the pre-employment screening process online.
Candidates can submit resumes, learn when a recruiter will be on campus and find out whether they have been selected for an initial interview, all while sitting in front of a computer terminal. The Rutgers/JOBTRAK Web site gets about 3,500 visitors each week.
"The new system is a significant contribution to both students and employers," said Jack Greene (RC '66), campus manager with Hewlett Packard Corp., which hires between 10 and 20 Rutgers graduates each year. "It gives the company greater visibility on campus and allows better access to resumes of the students who have responded."
Nicole Paolantonio, who graduated in May, got a job as an advertising specialist at the corporate office of Infiniti East, a division of Nissan Motor Corp., after an interview arranged through Interviewtrak.
"I really had a great experience, considering it was a new system," she noted. "I would never have found out about this job without it."
Rahul Kapasi, who also graduated in May, landed a job as a derivatives analyst with Salomon Smith Barney through Interview-trak.
"It's a good system if you make the effort to learn how to use it and make sure you keep up-to-date," said Kapasi, who went for more than 80 job interviews, all arranged through the online system.
JOBTRAK provides Internet-based job-search services to more than 750 college career centers around the country. Since 1995, Rutgers candidates on all three campuses have had access to online jobs posted through JOBTRAK, and have also been able to submit resumes to prospective employers through the service.
In September 1997, the New Brunswick/Piscataway career-services office took the next step. Rutgers became the first in New Jersey and only the sixth in the country to sign up for the enhanced services offered through the JOBTRAK Interviewtrak service, which also allows candidates to schedule online interviews and find out when recruiters will visit campus. The idea caught on: In 1997-98, employers posted more than12,000 jobs and 1,500 internships at Rutgers through the service.
White said he expects to upgrade technology again this year to allow databases to be shared among all career-services offices on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses.
"This initiative is a good return on the university's investment," White noted. "It has improved services dramatically for job candidates as well as employers."
The Office of Career Services Web site can be found at www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cswebpg.