The home-field advantage

The home-field advantage

Brad White scheduled 11 interviews this week with potential employers that won't require any off-campus trips.

"This is new for me," said White, a 21-year-old civil engineering major from West Deptford. "But I'm getting a lot better at the interview process."

White is one of some 250 students and alumni who lined up interviews with companies this week as part of the annual Recruitment Week. On Wednesday, White had completed four of his scheduled interviews and had another seven scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. He's hopeful that his experience in three internships and record as a student in Rowan's College of Engineering will help him land a job after graduating in May.

"It's just overwhelming," White said of the job-hunting process, which many at the event hosted every semester by Rowan's Career and Academic Planning Center described as a full-time job in and of itself.

"This is not a career fair; it's an interview event," said Lizziel Sullivan, director of the career and academic planning department (CAP).

About 60 employers from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland signed up to participate in the event. Employers were able to pre-screen resumes and arrange interviews through the Web site eCampusRecruiter set up by the CAP department in April 2005 to link students and alumni to jobs and internships.

Brian Altmann, a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Voorhees who interviewed seven students Wednesday, said conducting interviews on campus is an efficient way to conduct interviews.

"It's definitely worth it for us," said Altmann, who conducted seven interviews in four hours Wednesday.

Lori Ann Getler, assistant director of the CAP Center, said the center's main goal is to "ease the process" for students looking for work after graduation.

While the job market, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, appears to be even stronger for 2006-07 graduates than their predecessors a year ago, Sullivan noted that it still requires a lot of work.

For information on Recruitment Week or to find out more about the CAP Center and its services, which include an internship fair on Tuesday and another recruitment week in the spring, visit www.rowan.edu/cap.

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Date Published: Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 01:00