Friday, November 01, 2002
MEDC Campaign Reaches More than 4,000 High-Tech Students
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Recruitment Alliance will wrap up its fall recruitment campaign at the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair in Livonia today.This campaign has been successful in bringing employers and Michigan job opportunities to more than 4,000 high-tech students at targeted college campuses.
Since September, the Alliance has participated in 20 college career fairs introducing to students Michigan job opportunities in the fields of engineering, life sciences and information technology.As a result, more than 2,500 student resumes have been posted on Michigan Careersite, increasing the number of job candidates registered on the site to more than 17,000.
“Our research shows that almost 80% of all high-tech grads stay in Michigan for great jobs,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“Our involvement with the Recruitment Alliance is invaluable to Michigan businesses of all sizes when looking for new high-tech talent.”
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.Since its inception in 2001, the Alliance has grown to include more than 125 companies, with General Motors and EDS joining this year.
An estimated 9,000 students receive the Alliance’s monthly MiCareer e-newsletter featuring jobs from Michigan companies as well as information on Michigan’s business climate and quality of life.
Planning activities for the spring recruitment campaign are in progress.The campaign will focus on increasing the number of out-of-state graduates attracting and maximizing the retention of in-state students.
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 17,000 student and graduate resumes.Each member agrees to actively participate in two recruiting events per year.In addition, members agree to have their high-tech job openingspostedon 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.