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Website makes it easy to hire a Cal student

09 April 2003

Faculty, staff, and others interested in hiring Berkeley students or recent graduates can post job openings at no charge on the CalJobs website, accessible at career.berkeley.edu. The listings are open only to Berkeley students and alumni, who can browse and apply for open positions on the site.

“This is a perfect way for departments to find and hire Berkeley students for internships, part-time work, summer jobs, or special projects — or to recruit a recent grad for a career position,” says Jane Adams, director of student employment at the Career Center. “Campus employees who want to hire a student for private work outside the university, such as tutoring, childcare, or gardening, can also post those jobs here.”

The site also accepts job listings from outside businesses and firms. Students can browse the listings by job type, geographic location, or employer. Because most commercial web-based job sites charge anywhere from $25 to $200 per listing, says Adams, the no-charge CalJobs site has attracted interest from international companies, federal government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. In the last four months, more than 10,000 students have registered for access to the site.

Students and alumni can set up individual job-search agents to receive daily e-mails of recently listed positions that meet their criteria. They can also store multiple resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and other application materials to send to prospective employers with the click of a mouse. An archiving function allows applicants and employers alike to review records of applications sent and jobs posted.
“We encourage campus employers to list their open positions on CalJobs,” explains Adams, “to announce this service to alumni interested in hiring Berkeley students and recent graduates, and to tell their students about the site.”

CalJobs is linked to a national consortium of 50 university career centers. Berkeley is currently the only California school participating in the project, with UCLA, UC San Diego, and Stanford expected to come online in the near future.