The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Recruitment Alliance will kick off its second annual college career fair campaign at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign today.This year’s campaign will focus on attracting out-of-state graduates.
Michigan has had tremendous success in attracting and retaining college graduates.A recent report states that Michigan retains an estimated 79 percent of its in-state college graduates.A key contributor to this success is the Michigan Recruitment Alliance.
“With increased competition for highly skilled workers from companies outside of Michigan, this intense recruitment effort ensures that Michigan retainsgraduates educated in the state and recruits additional graduates from midwestern colleges,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Attracting these graduates will increase Michigan’s high-tech labor force for Michigan businesses.”
The Recruitment Alliance’s primary objective is to increase awareness of the numerous high-tech job opportunities in Michigan among college graduates with degrees in engineering, information technology and life sciences.In addition, the Alliance continues to concentrate on expanding its business membership.
The Alliance will host a continental breakfast for students attending today’s fair.Students will be encouraged to visit the MEDC booth to talk with MEDC staff, Michigan business representatives and to post their resumes and search for jobs on Michigan Careersite.
This fall, the Recruitment Alliance will visit more than a dozen college campuses including, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Kettering University, Miami University of Ohio, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northwestern University, Oakland University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.
Over the past two years, Alliance members have attended career fairs hosting on-campus breakfasts, posted flyers that promote the Michigan Careersite and aired radio ads promoting Michigan as a great place to work and live.
Since its inception in 2001, the Alliance has grown to include more than 100 companies.Alliance membership includes multinational companies ranging from rootlevel and Sagestone to Whirlpool and General Motors Corporation.
Membership in the Alliance is free.Benefits include free advertisement of job openings in the MiCareer e-newsletter mailed to students monthly and access to the database of more than 16,000 student and graduate resumes.Each member agrees to actively participate in two recruiting events per year.In addition, members agree to post their high-tech job openingson Michigan Careersite – free of charge.
Companies interested in joining the Alliance can contact the MEDC at 517-373-9808 or sign up via the Web at www.michigan.org and click on Careersite.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.