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Why Campus Recruitment Is So Important Today

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A lot has changed in the job market in the past few years – including the prospects for new graduates.  When it comes to reaching new talent, why is campus recruiting so important? 

Why Campus Recruiting is Important for Employers

Being proactive to reach top entry-level talent is arguably more important than ever for employers. After more than a year of historically low unemployment rates, an extremely tight talent pool and the after-effects of the “Great Resignation,” more organizations are finding that campus recruiting (and even career advocacy programs to reach students early in their career decision-making journey) has become an indispensable talent acquisition strategy.

Campus Recruiting is Also Valuable to Students

But let’s not forget that campus recruiting is also important for the audience you’re trying to reach – students. Students value when organizations help them get advice on their resumes, offer opportunities to practice interviewing, learn about organizations from the people who work there and even get advice on what specific areas to focus on as they enter the career world. This is just some of the invaluable insight they can get from campus recruiters. Organizations that invest in equipping students to navigate the process of emerging from the educational environment and joining the professional world will build lasting relationships that pay dividends over time.

So, we know that campus recruiting is critical for both employers and students. Now the question is – what’s the best way for campus recruiters to reach this talent? Let’s start by putting ourselves in their sneakers.

Understanding What Students Want 

In today’s job market, students know they have a lot of options once they graduate. They are also extremely savvy digital natives, who expect an easy-to-navigate experience – the same thing they expect from their favorite brands. 

They’re looking for:

  • Conversations
  • Engagement 
  • Digital options
  • A convenient process
  • An organization that aligns with their values

How to Reach Students with Campus Hiring Events

So, how can a modern campus recruiting team reach students and provide the type of experience that will convince them to join the team?

One secret that many campus recruiting teams have found is that virtual career fairs and hiring events give them the opportunity to reach more campus talent – while also providing everything students want from the hiring process. 

Let’s start with the students you’re trying to reach. You want them to feel that their needs and preferences are not just acknowledged but understood and served. To attract the most (and best) talent, anyone who hosts a virtual career fair for students should understand what students want to get out of a career fair so you can design your events to maximize the candidate experience.

What Do Students Want from a Virtual Career Fair?

Conversations with Campus Recruiters

Job seekers are attracted to virtual career fairs because they offer a direct connection with a recruiter at a company that is actively hiring and job seekers have a higher probability of getting into a conversation with a recruiter during a virtual hiring event than through other application methods. Historically, job seekers have often complained about submitting online applications and never hearing a response. This is a pain point that virtual career fairs solve by design. Virtual career fairs almost guarantee connections with potential employers who are actively seeking student talent.

An Easy & Convenient Format

Student job seekers, like most of the rest of the human race, prefer to take the path of least resistance, especially if they’re already juggling classes, work, internships and possibly even a family. Virtual career fairs hosted on easy-to-use solutions take the guesswork out of the process. Solutions like the Radancy Talent Acquisition Cloud help you find the right candidates and maximize your ROI. When a virtual career fair solution is so well designed that job seekers need little or no training before joining an event, they’re more likely to be satisfied with the experience and stay engaged in the hiring process. Location independence is also key for students with busy lives and mobile accessibility is a must, so they can log in wherever they happen to be. Because they require much less preparation than in-person job fairs, virtual career fairs can also be more flexible in their timing and employers and universities can even host events multiple times a day or spanning multiple days of the week, which creates more opportunities for busy students to attend.

Career Opportunities & Connection 

Students who participate in a campus hiring event may not just be looking for their next “job.” These job seekers are particularly career-minded and they want to get the most out of their efforts. Virtual career fairs can lead to internships and positions that could springboard an entire career and students understand this opportunity. What’s more, virtual career fairs may open up opportunities that students can’t access any other way, particularly when it comes to connecting with big national brands. Having a chance to connect with a recruiter at a familiar national brand is an attractive element for student job seekers considering which hiring events to invest their time in.

Today’s students are also looking for a connection in values, culture and mission. Virtual campus hiring events are a great way to showcase your employer brand and bring it to life – whether by hosting conversations with company executives, offering AMA sessions to help students envision a day in the life at your organization or showcasing the diversity of your team by connecting them to your employee resource groups (ERGs).

Campus Recruiting & Virtual Hiring Events Go Hand in Hand

As student job seekers become even more savvy with technology and, specifically, online communication, virtual career fairs will continue to garner their attention. Understanding what attracts students to virtual career fairs in concept will help you design specific virtual hiring events that speak directly to those needs and preferences and students will pay attention. Designing a candidate experience that highlights the priorities of your target talent is one of the best ways to boost your results, in terms of candidate satisfaction as well as quality of talent, quantity of participants and number of hires.

About Radancy

Radancy is the leading cloud-based talent acquisition software provider intelligently solving the most critical challenges for enterprises globally and delivering cost-efficient outcomes that strengthen their organizations. The Radancy Talent Acquisition Cloud, powered by rich data and deep industry insights, optimizes the entire candidate journey, enabling enterprises to hire the most qualified talent faster, while reducing costs and driving higher ROI, recruiter efficiency and an improved candidate experience.

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