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Recruiting Advantage Program

Get started with ODU CareerLink

  1. Click on Register on your right hand side
  2. Complete your profile (Organization name, Industry, Contact Info.)
  3. Click Submit

Upon approval, your username and password will be sent within 3-5 business days. Once registered, we will communicate about events, programs, networking opportunities, and how to post your opportunities.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Participate in Career Fairs

Brand your Organization

We offer many opportunities for your organization to come on campus and join us for information sessions, information table, IRAP, Sponsorship and many more!

  • Information Sessions - a chance to speak in front of a small group of interested students
  • Information Table - a chance to interact with a large group of students in our Webb Center
  • IRAP - a 12 month individualized recruitment action plan
  • Mock Interviews - Interested in coming on campus and offering simulated interviews with ODU students and the opportunity to provide feedback?
  • Job Search Boot Camp - Join us and present on topics such as resumes, job search strategies, and interviewing skills! The sessions are followed by a networking segment where you can meet ODU students!
  • Professional Etiquette Dinner - This event brings together students and employers in a dinner setting, allowing you to meet prospective candidates in an informal environment.
  • Annual Employer Symposium - This annual event is an exciting, informative and interactive day of learning, and networking for our key employers!

Plan Now for Career Fair Success

With the proper planning and approach, career fairs can provide the perfect format for your organization to begin building personal relationships with students who might become your future employees.

Following are eight best practices to use in your career fair planning and approach:

  1. Make the most of your time on campus-Ensure that your time on campus is well spent by scheduling activities around the career fair, such as hosting faculty roundtables or dinners, visiting the career services office to discuss student trends and preferences and provide updates about your organization and industry, instructing a class or workshop for students, or speaking to a student organization.
  2. Know your audience-Discussions with career services practitioners and faculty should yield information about student desires and preferences. Using this information, have your recruiters share both how your company can benefit the student and how the student can benefit the company. Be aware that each campus has a culture and characteristics unique to its student body. Customizing your approach to each campus could set your organization apart from your on-campus competitors in the eyes of the students there.
  3. Pick the right people-Students want to interact with line of business representatives, not HR staff. Still, it's important to keep in mind that the behavior of career fair reps is as important as their knowledge about the company and career opportunities. Make sure that everyone who staffs the booth clearly understands that students extrapolate about your company culture from such cues as the friendliness and enthusiasm of your representatives. When selecting your team, identify those who have a passion for what they do and an interest in building relationships with students. Understand that you can't train an individual to be warm, personable, or interested. Also, be sure to have your organization's diverse range of culture, age, and gender reflected in the recruiters at your booth.
  4. Enlist the help of campus advocates-Ask your interns who are back on campus, career services professionals, professors, and student organizations to spread the word about your organization. Have university alumni conduct a classroom talk for some of their former professors to apprise them of developments in the company and industry, and offer insight into your culture. Questions such as, "What do you like about your position?" and "What opportunities for growth have you had in the company?" are best answered by employees who have traveled the same career path the students are pursuing.
  5. Prepare for the fair-Career fair teams should be assembled and oriented at least several weeks prior to the event. This gives team members time to prepare-not just by ingesting the information you give them about skill sets to look for, numbers, logistics, and more-but also if they want to coordinate plans to contact students ahead of time or visit faculty while on campus. Make sure recruiters and employees assisting at career fairs know which positions are available, which skills and qualifications the company seeks in candidates, and the company's hiring goals. Having specific positions to share creates deeper dialogue between candidates and recruiters.
  6. Focus on meeting student needs-Too often, the emphasis on employer branding supersedes communicating with students about positions and company culture. Career fair attendees often leave the event without gathering much meaningful information. Because the primary reason that students attend career fairs is to learn about job opportunities, employers should focus their efforts on meeting those needs. Also, students expect to be treated with respect during the event. This means there should be no cell phone calls by your recruiters while at the booth, and no blowing off students by sending them to your organization's website for information or to submit a resume. Get students' contact information so that you can continue the dialogue. Don't just recruit them, but ask their opinions, offer relevant advice, and more.
  7. Make a break from the typical-Re-think every aspect of your approach: your booth, your message, and your participants. Make your organization memorable during the career fair. Offer a five-minute massage to students who are obviously stressed out by the job-search process or offer a $15 gift card for any student who comes to your booth wearing your company's logo. Instead of offering giveaways, ask students to write down their favorite charity and conduct a drawing at regular intervals throughout the fair and announce the winning charity. Then send a donation to their charity in their name and, of course, send them an acknowledgement.
  8. Be prepared for the follow up then do so-Determine your follow-up process (who is doing what and when) before the career fair. Then, while the impression is still fresh, categorize your candidates into groups as the career fair ends: best matches, possible matches, and no matches (or some form of this grouping). Although every candidate should be viewed as a potential customer or future client, differentiate your follow up according to the groupings. During the career fair, your recruiters should schedule interviews with the candidates they see as potential matches for open positions and meet with them on campus the next day. Send a "thank you" e-mail to everyone else that stopped by your booth and left their resumes. You've got a great opportunity to reinforce a first impression.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. www.naceweb.org.

On-Campus Recruiting

Every year the Career Management Center hosts employers from private industry, government agencies, armed forces, and public education. On-campus interviews take place in the CMC, Webb 2202, each fall and spring for positions which begin after degree completion.

Spring OCI Season: January 14 to April 19, 2013

The On-Campus Interviewing Program is managed through ODU CareerLink, our online career management system.

In order to gain access to ODU CareerLink and request an on-campus interview date, you must create an account. After your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with your username and password.

Log in to your account then go to "Shortcuts" and select "Create New Schedule Request."

Log in and request a date:
To schedule your on-campus interview date, log in to ODU CareerLink and under "Shortcuts" select "Create New Schedule Request."

Request an interview date

On-Campus Interviewing: Frequently Asked Questions

How does the On-Campus Interviewing Program work?

The first step is to request an interviewing date through ODU Careerlink. Once that has been established, your organization can prescreen resumes and invite the most qualified candidates to interview. Students who accept your invitation will set up a time on your scheduled interview date. We will host your organization in our private interviewing rooms.

How do I select students to interview?

You will receive automatic emails from the system prompting you through the selection process. Please make sure our email messages are not sent to your junk mail folder. Since the OCI program is deadline-driven, it is also imperative that you regularly check on upcoming deadlines in ODU CareerLink.

During the time students are submitting resumes, you be able to view the submissions and begin narrowing down applicants. This prescreening of applicant resumes will be available before the official employer selection time period begins, however, you must still wait until the preselect time period begins before making official interview selections.

May I ask for a student's transcript?

Yes, you may request this information if it will aid in your candidate selection. Students are required to bring a current copy of their unofficial transcript to all on-campus interviews.

What time should I arrive?

The Career Management Center opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. All interview schedules begin at 9 a.m. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first interview.

Where do I park?

The OCR Coordinator will supply parking passes and directions approximately 2 days ahead of the interview schedule.

Remember to bring plenty of business cards!

The following are recommendations from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):