College career center uses video conferencing to find students jobs

Tuesday, May 18 2010

Kevin Monahan, associate director of the University of Notre Dame Career Center, has high hopes for the graduating senior class. In spite of the 9.9 percent national unemployment rate, Monahan told the Observer he firmly believes "there are opportunities out there."

It also helps that he offers students the chance to connect with business executives around the globe through video conferencing solutions. Many companies don't pay for job applicants' travel expenses in these trying times, so Monahan brings potential employers to the students, at least virtually.

Senior Alex Bodewig told the source she is looking for jobs both in the U.S. and in her home country of El Salvador, so she appreciates the career center's ability to bring her face-to-face with prospective employers near and far. She told the newspaper video conferencing solutions have helped her get interviews without worrying about travel expenses.

In addition to helping college graduates and other job-seekers, video conferencing tools can improve businesses' recruitment processes. They both cut costs and help employers find the strongest candidates. As IT World explains, video conferencing solutions open up "a world of candidates" who may help companies gain a competitive edge in the recovering economic climate.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19782742-ADNFCR