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AfterCollege Launches Career Networking Alternative for College Students and Entry-Level Job SeekersNew Website Lets Students Create Content-Rich Profiles That Employers Can Easily Find (April 20, 2012)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/20/12 -- AfterCollege, the largest online career network for college students and recent graduates, launched its enhanced website today. Users can still leverage their academic connections to access exclusive jobs and internships, but the site allows users to create content-rich profiles that can be more easily found by employers looking primarily for entry-level talent. Users can now also "follow" employers and exchange messages with them directly.
With its new site, AfterCollege pivots from a pure job-board model toward one that also encompasses career networking, providing a better experience for entry-level job seekers than any other professional networking site.
Currently, more than 20,000 employers rely on AfterCollege to recruit entry-level job candidates. More than 16,000 academic departments and faculty use AfterCollege to connect students to relevant job listings. Already AfterCollege serves more than 3 million students annually, at more than 2,300 colleges and universities in all 50 states.
"College students are tired of creating connections just for the sake of being connected, especially if they are not getting jobs out of it," said Roberto Angulo, CEO of AfterCollege. "Our new site lets students leverage their real-world network -- comprised of classmates, faculty, mentors and alumni -- to find that first, relevant post-college job."
A 2011 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that nearly all of the 50,000 students surveyed were on social networks, yet the majority of them resisted having employers use those networks for recruiting purposes.
The new AfterCollege site offers:
- A focus on relevant entry-level positions. Employers using the service seek full-time employees, part-time workers and interns for their entry-level jobs, making it more likely that users who create AfterCollege profiles will be contacted with opportunities.
- Privacy controls. Users can set their profiles from public to private and allow only employers to view their information.
- Automatic connections to users' academic department faculty, and to group career networks. There, alumni, faculty and employers can share opportunities.
- Collaboration with colleges and universities. The new networking features sit on top of an existing ecosystem of 16,000 academic career networks. As users create profiles, colleges and universities gain insight into the career paths of their students and graduates, helping institutions with their accreditation initiatives.
"AfterCollege is the best resource college students have to find jobs in their field," said Dr. Larry Penley, interim chief academic officer and Provost at Thunderbird Global School of Management. "They see the whole picture -- how the faculty, students, employers, student groups and alumni can offer new college graduates a network they didn't even know they had."
For more information, visit http://preview.AfterCollege.com.
AfterCollege is a career network that connects college students, alumni and employers through faculty and career networks at colleges and universities.
AfterCollege was co-founded by Roberto Angulo while he was still a student at Stanford in 1999. He had a simple goal: To create a better way for job seeking students and alumni to connect with the right employers. Today, AfterCollege powers the largest number of career networks on the Internet, using its patented process to deliver thousands of exclusive opportunities to students and alumni each day. For more information, visit AfterCollege.com
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