Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hiring projections update coming in early March

Just a quick heads up: NACE is currently surveying employers about their hiring projections for the college Class of 2009, and expects to release the results in early March through its Spotlight Online newsletter.

The new data will update the hiring projections NACE released back in the fall; those projections showed "flat" hiring, with employers anticipating hiring approxmimately the same number of grads from the Class of 2009 as they hired from the Class of 2008. (See Hiring Flat for College Class of 2009)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Follow up: Strategies for Delivering Career Services in a Down Economy

On Thursday, February 12, 600+ career centers took part in NACE's free web seminar to discuss providing critical services in a challenging environment. (Note a free archive of the session will be available shortly; the link will be posted on the NACE home page at Two important pieces for follow up:

* NACE Foundation Funding Great Ideas: At the opening of the seminar, NACE President Manny Contomanolis announced that the NACE Foundation is offering two (2), $1,000 prizes for the best examples of programs, strategies, or practices developed and launched as a result of the current financial crisis. One award will go to an employer for a college relations/recruiting initiative; the other will go to a college career center for the best career development initiative. For details, see

More Questions/Comments: Although the seminar included a healthy Q&A session, there were more questions and comments that couldn't be addressed during the live session. As result, we're posting them here, and inviting your responses and comments:

Do you anticipate downward pressure on wages?

What are some of the growing markets?

Have you all seen a large increase in rescinded offers?

To those schools that reduced employer registration costs for career fairs: Did it actually increase participation?

How effective has the electronic resume book been when used by employers?

Can you discuss specific ways to reach out to alumni?

Comment: In the UK, the advice has been for grads to take lower paid jobs--check out

Comment: This may be the time to stop thinking about how to get students into our offices but rather how do we get out to them, e.g., use web technology to reach them.

Comment: Regarding students attending in-person evetns: Our experience at Saddleback College is that they want to be able to access events/services online at all times of the day/evening.

Post your responses, comments, and ideas. Keep the discussion going!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Free Web Seminar for NACE Members

"Strategies for Delivering Career Services in a Down Economy" - Thursday, February 12, 1 - 2 p.m.

Ed Koc, NACE director of strategic and Foundation research, will provide insight into results of NACE's latest quick poll: Find out what's going on on campus and what the numbers mean. Lisa Hinkley, Lake Forest College, and Kathy Sims, UCLA, will share information about how college career services are rising to the challenge. Take part in the Q&A: Get your questions answered/share your insights.

This web seminar is free to members, but registration is required.
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