Many people attend college with the hope of finding a more prosperous career, and Kenai Peninsula College recently added a free online service to post jobs and internships to better serve its students, both past and present.
"It's called College Central Network and it's a fast and easy way for employers to connect directly with KPC students and alumni," said Krista Timlin, programs manager of KPC's Career and Community Engagement Center.
Students and alumni must briefly register to use the free service, but then can take advantage of all the site has to offer.
"When a student registers, they can list their majors and interests and they'll receive e-mail notifications about programs, services and job-related topics when something comes up that matches that," Timlin said.
Users can also directly upload their resumes to the site.
"We review the resumes and can help them refine things, so it can be sent to employers and submitted online to posted jobs," Timlin said.
Users will have access to jobs at KPC, employers in the local area and employers beyond the Kenai Peninsula.
"Registered users have access to another portion of the site for job listings around Alaska and outside Alaska," Timlin said.
In regard to local employers filling vacancies, the service is as much a boon to them as it is to students and alumni, according to Timlin.
"We're encouraging employers to post positions, so they can connect with registered users. Like the resumes, we'll review the job listing to make sure they are clear and all the necessary information is present," she said.
The online service just began being offered at KPC last week, so Timlin said they are still growing the number of employers using the site.
"As time goes by we'll get more," she said.
Also, as with any new service, there are bound to be a few growing pains that result from the process of switching over, but Timlin said she doubts it will be long until the new system feels familiar to all users.
"With any new system we're dealing with a learning curve as we phase out the old system, but the new one should be pretty easy to use, so we're excited about it," she said.
Timlin said KPC also intends to monitor this new system to determine if the job-listing site works as well as they hope.
"We're hoping to track it, so we can see how many matches we facilitate, so we know how successful this is," she said.
For more information on KPC's College Central Network, contact Timlin at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call her directly at 262-0337.
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