Colleges replace exclusive contracts with costly online-recruiting sites

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

July 12, 2002

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In a move sure to shake up the market for online recruiting of college graduates, the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the nonprofit E-recruiting Association Inc. last week said they're developing a Web site that will replace the exclusive contracts many schools have with other online recruiting vendors.

The site, called NACElink, is due to open Aug. 5 and is designed to reduce what employers pay to post job openings on campus career-center Web sites to $15 from an average of $25 per post. About 27 colleges and universities will use the site to let businesses collect resumés from students and route them directly to company applicant-tracking systems. The site also will let students create a portfolio of writing samples, artwork, PowerPoint slides, and other supporting documents to submit with their resumés.

The career center at UCLA has been using MonsterTrak, the college recruiting arm of Monster.com, since 1994. UCLA isn't renewing its MonsterTrak contract, which included employer referrals, a resumé database, and revenue-sharing based on the volume of employers directed to the job portal. Instead, it will be one of the schools to use NACElink to power its career-center Web site.

During the dot-com boom, revenue generated from MonsterTrak "comprised 25% of my operating budget," says Kathy Sims, director at UCLA Career Center. This year's numbers haven't been nearly as high, she says. "We're willing to forfeit that revenue stream."

The schools say they're giving up that revenue to avoid the advertising and expensive services that commercial job sites were pushing at their students.

MonsterTrak provides job listing and resumé database service for 1,400 college career centers around the country, president Ken Ramberg says. But that number could shrink, depending on how many of the 1,800 NACE members use NACElink as their exclusive online recruiting service.

Marilyn Mackes, executive director at NACE, says members aren't required to join, but "we're confident [NACElink] will attract others based on the respect and experience of the initial 27 schools."

NACE Member Schools

Companies that generally work with traditional job boards to hire new graduates will be able to use NACElink, an online recruiting site created by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the nonprofit E-Recruiting Association Inc. for just $15 per post per school, as opposed to the average cost of $25 per post.

Here's a list of the 27 NACE member schools that will begin using the recruiting site to power their campus career Web sites beginning Aug. 5th.

School

Arizona State University

Brown University

Boston University

Florida State University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

New York University

Pennsylvania State University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic University

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Stanford University

University of Arizona

University of California - Berkeley

University of California - Los Angeles

University of California - San Diego

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Florida

University of Maryland - College Park

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

University of Georgia

University of Pennsylvania

University of Virginia

Yale University

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