CougarLink Delivers Services 24/7 to Employers, Jobseekers

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus-area employers and Columbus State University students and alumni can now tap into CSU Career Center services online.

CougarLink, accessible at http://career.colstate.edu/, launched on May 1 and has drawn about 130 student users and more than 50 Columbus-area employers, who have posted jobs for CSU students and alumni.

The employers also can schedule on-campus recruiting sessions while managing their company profiles, which include salary and benefit information in addition to position openings. Such opportunities extend to co-op (cooperative education) and internship opportunities for students.

Student and alumni jobseekers, likewise, can add their resumes into a database that can be searched by keywords. “An employer can instantly access a list of prospects from a search that’s narrowed, for example, to finance majors with 3.5-or-higher GPAs and skilled in Oracle (software),” said CSU Career Center Director Kimberly Mullen.

The service also covers the center’s Cougar PAWS (Partners at Work and Service), through which volunteer-dependent agencies recruit students and university personnel.

Students tend to be creatures of habit, Mullen said. “Many students prefer to focus their time during the day on their studies and prefer evenings for tending to extracurricular matters — such as checking for internship, volunteer and job opportunities.”

In addition to such traditional students on CSU’s main campus, CougarLink also significantly serves RiverPark campus, Fort Benning and distance education students, plus graduates living outside the local area.

CougarLink orientation sessions in early fall will target students, as well as faculty and staff, who can use the service to fill internships and work study positions in their departments.

The service, maintained by Career Center staff, is affiliated with NACElink, from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a national recruiting network and suite of Web based recruiting and career services. Subsequently, CSU-based users also can search for jobs and job candidates nationwide.

Before May 1, employers e-mailed position notices to the center, where they were subsequently printed and posted in a “jobs room.”

“There’s a ‘green’ element to this also, as we’re eliminating a lot of paper,” Mullen said. “The jobs room now is renamed the ‘resource room’ where students can check out career-building resource materials or log on to CougarLink from one of six computers.”

Mullen said CougarLink also complements the center’s face-to-face services during weekday operating hours. “The customer service capability is unlimited, as we’re now balancing high tech with high touch,” she said. “Technology is important, but our foundation is the face-to-face interaction by which our students get guidance on career planning and job search techniques.”