Published: Sept. 26, 2019

student at a career serviceIs your student planning to have an internship over the summer? Are they graduating in December or May and planning to get a job? It’s time to get ready for recruitment season!

What is recruitment season?

Many organizations in all industries have embraced mass recruiting as a way to hire new employees. Employers target soon-to-be college graduates with recruitment efforts for a few reasons:

  • They can meet many candidates at the same time.
  • Many are familiar with CU Boulder and know what to expect with our graduates.
  • They can identify candidates early in their careers and bring them in at the ground level.

Recruitment season, even for internships and jobs starting next summer, starts early – generally during the first week in October. At CU Boulder, hundreds of employers will visit campus for the STEM Industry Career & Internship Fair (Oct. 1-2) and All Industries Career & Internship Fair (Oct. 3). These events kick off recruitment season, and many organizations start interviewing people the day after they occur.

Here are three steps to help your student prepare: they should set up their Handshake profile, finish their resume and begin researching opportunities.

1. Using Handshake

Handshake is the online recruiting tool used by hundreds of employers looking to hire CU students. Through Handshake, your student can:

  • Find job and internship postings by employers from Colorado, the U.S. and countries around the world. 
  • Upload details from their resume to help recruiters find them.
  • Set up on-campus interviews with employers.
  • Schedule appointments with CU career development advisors.

Whether your student is in their first year or final year at CU, encourage them to set up their Handshake profile. Employers manage interview schedules with CU Boulder students through Handshake, so students will want to make sure their profile is ready to go.

2. Building their resume

Your student should have a good start on a resume once they’ve set up their Handshake profile and they’ll want to give a great first impression to recruiters. Encourage them to review these templates and tips for building a resume. Then, they can visit Career Services during drop-in hours or make an appointment with a career development advisor to have their resume reviewed.  

3. Researching opportunities

Encourage your student to explore what opportunities are out there now so they have a head start when recruitment season begins. They can start by looking at different postings on Handshake, or do some research on the companies that will be at the campus career fairs. This can help your student see what employers are looking for, and help them decide what path they want to take.

CU Career Services

As your student considers their plans to employment before and after graduation, our career development advisors are here to help. From setting up their LinkedIn profile to developing interview and networking skills, Career Services can help your student prepare for all aspects of the job and internship search. If your student is considering further education, like graduate school, medical school or law school, Career Services can help them prepare for that as well!

Our drop-in hours for students are Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or they can make an appointment through Handshake to meet with a career development advisor.