Employers learn tips to recruit University of South Carolina students

driveinEmployers visited the University of South Carolina on Monday, March 24th to learn how to best recruit and hire Gamecocks. In the inaugural Employer Drive-In Conference, the Career Center’s director, Tom Halasz, welcomed the group. Then Scott Verzyl, USC’s associate vice president for enrollment management, explained the composition of USC’s student enrollment and the high caliber students that we are attracting to USC.

During this day-long event, twenty-five employers learned how to connect with special student populations to include athletes, student organization leaders and veterans. Verizon Wireless presented best practices for Branding [companies/organizations] On Campus and the Vanguard Group led a session on Developing Soft Skills in Your Talent. Additionally, faculty and staff from academic units shared details about academic programs at USC. Dr. Michael Huhn’s, professor and department chair for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering outlined USC’s new Applied Computing minor in a keynote address. Dr. Huhn’s shared that USC is prepared to provide students with training in industry-specific technical skills in response to industry needs. He indicated that there is a significant need for graduates with technical skills and that the Applied Computing minor was developed to help students obtain certain skills to assist in their employability.

Participants were encouraged to share their takeaway points on Twitter using the hash tag #HireAGamecock2014. Randall Snelson with Ingersoll Rand commented, “SC [South Carolina] has [the] SEC, leading 13 straight semesters with average student athletes’ GPA greater than a 3.0.”

Additionally, Erica Nelson, USC athletics coordinator for life skills & community outreach shares, “USC has four teams in the top 10 [in national polls]. Since April 2013, these teams have completed 5,700 hours of community service.”

Cary Anderson is the specialty programs supervisor at the Vanguard Group. In her session on the topic of soft skills with university recruiting specialist, Rebecca Taylor, she indicates that “major aspects of soft skills management include managing perceptions and personal branding.” Rebecca states that, “students must understand that they are being assessed in all interactions” during a visit to an employer’s site.

The inaugural Employer Drive-In Conference was hosted by the USC Career Center. Special thanks to campus partners that contributed to the success of this event: Athletics, Leadership and Service Center, Student Success Center (Special Student Populations), Department of Political Science and International Studies, College of Engineering & Computing, and College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management.

The University of South Carolina Career Center educates and empowers students in the development of lifelong career management skills. For more information, visit http://www.sc.edu/career.

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