This week’s blog post comes to us from Megan Miller, Resource Developer and Systems Manager with Student Life’s Buckeye Careers. Megan has outlined the tools available through Buckeye Careers Network to help supervisors find and hire student employees.
“I have several Student Assistant positions I’d like to fill, but how can students find them? My department name isn’t one students will know to search for.”
“I wish I had a way to collect applications from students in one place – and not my inbox!”
“So many students apply for my positions, responding to all of them can be time-intensive. I tend to only contact ones I’m interested in interviewing.”
Any of these sound familiar? As a student employee supervisor, some of you may have difficulty filling positions, while others are overwhelmed sorting through applications. Still others may find that students are unsure where to find on-campus employment.
The Office of Student Life has streamlined the process to post student employment positions by incorporating them into the Buckeye Careers Network (BCN). BCN is a university-wide position posting system that connects Ohio State students with employers for:
- Part-time/ on-campus work
- Experiential learning opportunities (internships and co-ops)
- Full-time career employment
BCN is part of the Buckeye Careers program, a unit in Student Life that works collaboratively across college career services and various academic and administrative offices to build relationships with employers to encourage the recruitment of Ohio State students for experiential learning and employment opportunities.
BCN collects these opportunities in one place, making it easy for students to find a variety of opportunities. Because student employment builds transferable work skills and grows a student’s professional network, sharing these opportunities in BCN connects the student job they have now to post-graduation plans including full-time employment, graduate school, or volunteering.
How can I post a position in Buckeye Careers Network?
- Go to http://studentlife.osu.edu/jobs and click on the link for “Student Life Departments.”
- Click on “Register and Post a Position to Buckeye Careers Network” to create a new account. For returning users, log-in using your existing credentials.
For new users, at the time of registration, you can post one position. BCN staff will review and approve your registration request and position, which will generate an email to you with a username and password. Use that to log-in going forward to add additional positions.
How do students apply for my positions?
An “application” to your position in BCN means the student has submitted a résumé for your review. You can select from three options to receive résumés from students:
- Email to an address of your choosing each time a person applies
- Collect in the system until you log-in to review
- Direct students to use another method of your choosing (stop by your office, call, download an application from your website, etc.)
What are the benefits of having résumés collect in the system?
- Your inbox doesn’t get clogged!
- You can download all the résumés into a single PDF file, which is then searchable by keyword. This is helpful if you are looking for a specific skill or academic criteria.
- You can send a batch email to all applicants regarding their status. Students appreciate knowing where they stand in the hiring process.
Since the system is password-protected for students, how can they find my position?
Students must log-in to Buckeye Careers Network in order to see your posting. There is no external link to view the information. Use the template text below when sharing your position with potential applicants.
This position is posted online in Buckeye Careers Network. On this page, scroll down to find your college of enrollment and select the “Current Student Access” link underneath that heading. Then log-in using your name.# to search for position XXXXXXX (insert the position ID here).
For more information about recruiting student employees using Buckeye Careers Network, please email Megan Miller.