UH students seeking jobs turn to the 'Net for help

Brenda Tavakoli

Staff Writer

Students who are nearing graduation and are looking for employment are turning to the Internet at an increasing rate.

This trend carries over to users of the University of Houston's University Career Services Center. A memorandum from Assistant Vice President for Student Services, David Small, reports that more UH students are using the Internet in their job searches than in previous semesters.

The center conducts a survey of graduates who were registered with the center's ResumeBank service during the spring 1997 semester.

The survey is conducted following each semester. According to the memo, "the purpose of the Career Status Survey is to gain a better understanding of how University of Houston graduates find jobs, their average salary offers, what majors are in greater and lesser demand and to collect other information about graduates' transition from college to career."

The survey was mailed or e-mailed to 402 graduates who were registered during the spring semester with the ResumeBank service.

One hundred and thirty seven graduates returned the survey in a usable form.

The survey, which had a 34.1 percent response rate, was conducted between May and August 1997.

A full report will be released in August 1998 and will include data for the entire academic year.

The respondents reported using the campus recruitment services at a high, 70.2 percent rate.

Other popular job-search methods included networking, at 43.3 percent, want-ads, at 37.6 percent and the Internet, at 36.2 percent.

The Internet finding is particularly noteworthy because only 8 percent of the fall 1996 graduates surveyed reported using the Internet in tandem with their job searches.

Small said that just a few years ago, students in technologically-oriented fields were the main users of the Internet in job searches.

Now, in contrast, "the Internet is useful for students of all majors."

"Students who are in a job search need to include the Internet in their job search toolbox," Small said.

Vivek Shetti, a graduate student in the MBA program, has surfed the web in his job search.

"I've used it quite extensively to keep track about when events are going on at universities."

He said he thinks the technology is "simplifying things extremely because you can keep in contact with possible employers."

Yet some students are not yet using the technology.

Ray Chu, senior civil engineering major, said, "I don't use it for job searches." But, he conceded, doing so would be a good idea.

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