10 Simply Awesome College & University Career Service Blogs

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Top College Career Services Blogs

For college students, the school year is winding down. Sarah, our intern who manages Secrets of the Job Hunt is busy cramming for finals and making her after graduation plans. For many recent grads they are just like Sarah and are venturing out into the professional world for the first time. It is an exciting, confusing, complicated and scary place to be and that goes for employers too. Chances are as employers, you are adding some new young and ambitious faces to your workplace. While you are contemplating the value of social media for managers and HR and its uses when communicating to your employee population, it’s important to recognize our this young and hungry employee population prefers to digest their electronic information leading to maximum productivity. Here are ten simple awesome college and career service blogs who provide valuable resources to our impressionable youth that just might give inspiration for adding online channels to your corporate communication plans.

  • University of Oregon Career Services. The University of Oregon has killer resources for job seekers, employers and alumni. They are very active with face to face events including their interview workshops which I like. I love the internet and social media but the workplace is not completely online.
  • UCO Career Services. You don’t have to be a big university or college to effectively reach your audience. UCO’s Career Service blog provides great content to job seekers, students and alumni. Given I am a transplant Okie, I like that they’re active in the blogosphere.
  • Harvard OCS: Office of Career Services. Blogging can be accomplished on many different platforms including WordPress, Blogger and even Tumblr. Harvard’s blog is hosted on Tumblr and provides students information about their available programs including international career opportunities in African.
  • Fordham Career Services. Managed on Blogger, their blog focuses on events and resources for the here and now when it comes to students in the job search. I love the fact that they have their Career Center’s hours of operation so students know exactly when the offices are open and available.
  • Brock University Career Services. I love blogs that are professional that have a real personality and voice. This one does. You can tell that the team at Brock cares about their students population which makes for an engaged employer population and well-prepared college grads.
  • Dartmouth Career Services. There is no such thing as too many resources when it comes to the career space. Dartmouth makes it easy by allowing students, alumni and readers to subscribe to the individual feed by category which is great.
  • Rasmussen Career Services. Blogging is about providing resources for the total job seeker and not tips about finding and getting work. I’m a fan of the speciality coffees but they are pricy. One of my favorite blog posts here is how drinking less coffee can lower student debt. It’s an important reminder as someone who is 35 and still paying off her students loands. Read it here.
  • ULife from Penn. Sometimes the simplest suggestions, tips and insights are the most powerful. Being a the employee is never easy and Penn’s blog goes beyond regular career tips. Read how Earbuds Equal Success.
  • Hire A Maverick. I love that UT Arlington Careers Center gets creative with their blog going beyond the standard college career services url. One of my favorite blog posts is 5 Tricks to Working with Millenials. After all, they are now the majority workforce and talent pool we’re recruiting from.

Career Advice That’s Powerful for Young and Experienced Professionals

A career resource is a powerful tool for any and every type of job seeker no matter where they are in their professional career. What other college and university career service blogs are you reading as a student, parent and someone who’s in the know? I’d love to hear your insights into how your college career center is communicating with the young Millennial population in creative and different ways.

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  1. Jessica,
    Great article. CSOs play such an important role in helping the students unveil their talent. In my previous life, I traveled to over 100 different college campuses and met with different career services leaders. The content on their sites is as powerful as the champions leading these offices. I would add the following to your list:

    University of Texas at Brownsville
    University of Delaware
    University of Central Florida
    Wake Forest University

    Andres

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  2. The University of Minnesota Duluth has a great one as well. umdcareers.wordpress.com

    Abby |
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  3. I work at Brock University Career Services and just wanted to say that we really appreciate the recognition from you! I subscribed to your blog so I am very excited to receive more info from your posts…especially now that I am part of the Brock Career Services blogging team as well :)

    Jami Coughler |
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  4. Hi Jessica,
    I was very impressed by this article. Going through career services sites, I often feel that candidate experience is something that comes too short at many career services. What do you see as the greatest challenges for career services in getting their functional-specific content out directly to their audience?
    Thanks and happy day!

    Mona

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    • Hi Mona,

      Thanks for the comment. While it’s been a while since I’ve been a college student, I used my career services for resume review and critiques. My college required a 2 credit hour class as part of life skills in order to graduate, and through that class was introduced to career services. I’ve talked at many different colleges and think that this is a common option. The biggest challenge is reaching the students in a way that resonates with them which is why texting, social and blogging are so great. Unfortunately, most career service professionals have never been recruiters or hiring managers within the last 10 years and often provide the students with information that is out of date or way off base. I believe local career services should partner with someone who understands both sides of the desk and can help consult with the career service departments to help build a strategy that reaches the job seekers and prepares them for the real world job search. They need to create a marketing and communication strategy that can appeal to the student audience in real time or risk loosing their attention forever. Like any marketing campaign, the messages and information needs to be served through different channels depending on the specific audience that is the same and supports the overall message.

      JMM

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  5. Very helpful info Jessica. Especially for those fresh graduated people who are seeking career services blogs.

    Good work!

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