Sam Lees, left, a senior at the University of Colorado, asks questions of Benji Goodrich from Great-West Life during a “Recruiters Tell All” panel organized by Career Services on Monday. Despite a struggling national job market, CU s full-time job postings available to students and alumni increased 8 percent last year.

If you go

What: Fall career and internship fair

When: Oct. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller Ballroom and Room 235

Who: The fair is open to CU-Boulder students and alumni only

The University of Colorado’s Career Services saw a significant increase in online job postings last year thanks to the department’s expanded outreach to alumni.

Despite a struggling national job market, CU’s full-time job postings available to students and alumni increased 8 percent last year.

Lisa Severy, director of Career Services, said the increase is a result of employer outreach and the addition of experienced alumni to the already qualified undergraduates listed on the site.

“We expanded our candidate pool to include alumni with experience, thus making our campus a one-stop-shop for both new and seasoned employees,” Severy said.

In 2009, Career Services partnered with the Alumni Association to expand help to graduated students and entice employers with an option to search for candidates who already have industry experience.

And the partnership seems to be a success with more than 10,000 employers listed on the database, a 23 percent increase from the previous year.

Internship postings also increased 25 percent from 2008-09 school year.

Severy said the university database is a great resource for employers looking for well-qualified employees, which is beneficial for job-seeking students and alumni.

“We offer a rich diversity of disciplines making it easy to source all kinds of highly prepared candidates all in one stop,” Severy said. “Our alumni have made valuable contributions to the marketplace, so employers are confident that CU-Boulder hires are good hires.”

Students at CU may have better luck getting jobs thanks to their alma mater, but it seems students attending large public universities are generally more hunted by recruiters than those with specialized degrees.

A recent report by the Wall Street Journal found that recruiters thought students from large public universities were more well-rounded academically and fit well into the workplace environment.

Recruiters said they were able to maximize efficiency by targeting schools with more diverse degrees and student backgrounds, the report stated.

Severy said the diversity offered by large universities like CU is appealing to recruiters and in tough economic times employers are becoming pickier about where they seek new employees, which is good news for students.

Jessica Maslow, a senior campus recruiter for Target who works extensively with CU, said she’s looking for strong leaders to fill entry-level manager positions. While the company isn’t opening many new stores, she said, it is adding expanded grocery sections — and new positions.

“Some of our best candidates come from CU,” she said.

CU senior Sam Lees, an economics major who’s hoping to land a job in investment planning, said he’s a little nervous about the job market.

“I feel like it might be tough,” he said. “I have friends who graduated last year who are still looking.”

Anna Schroeder, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, said she knows the job market is competitive, but is encouraged by the jobs she’s seen listed online through CU.

“There seem to be a lot of jobs available,” she said.

Reporter Amy Bounds contributed to this report.

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