• Monthly Plan Can Help Drive Your Recruiting Program’s Success

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    January 8, 2014

    A large component of your college relations and recruiting program's success is having an efficient plan. Below is a sample monthly timeline for some of the important tasks involved in carrying out your college recruiting plan:

    January

    • Finalize headcount numbers and specifications for May/June/August new grads and for summer interns.
    • Finalize spring campus schedule.
    • Conduct training sessions for campus teams and volunteer recruiters.
    • Participate in spring career fairs as deemed necessary.
    • Follow up with your last year's graduating interns to whom you made offers for full-time employment.
    • Make offers to last year's summer interns who will return for another summer.

    February

    • Continue participation in spring career fairs.
    • Conduct campus interviews for May/June/August new grads and summer interns.
    • Follow up quickly with on-site interviews.
    • Participate in campus relationship/image events.
    • Contact target campuses to sign up for fall semester campus interview dates.
    • Review image/advertising campaign and materials. If a new campaign is needed, prepare for fall semester campaign (some print deadlines are as early as May).
    • Conduct on-site interviews for May/June grads and intern candidates whom you met at fall campus events.

    March

    • Make offers to new summer intern candidates.
    • Make offers to May/June grads; send offer information to campus career centers.
    • Continue participation in campus relationship/image events.
    • Complete plans for summer internship program (housing, activities, etc.).

    April

    • Finalize intern hiring.
    • Conduct orientation sessions for intern managers/mentors.
    • Make offers to August grads; send offer information to campus career centers.
    • Confirm acceptances and start dates of May/June grads.

    May

    • Review recruiting results for the year; get feedback from campus teams and volunteer recruiters. Prepare report for senior management. Provide feedback to compensation department on success of salary levels.
    • Conduct orientation sessions for summer interns.
    • Finalize advertising campaign for the next academic year.

    June

    • Host an on-site event for faculty and career center staff from your target schools.
    • Participate in your intern program activities.

    July

    • Check recruiting material supplies; reorder as necessary for fall.
    • Confirm graduation dates of summer interns; begin interview process for those graduating in the coming academic year.
    • Sign up for fall career fairs.
    • Sign up for next spring campus interview dates.
    • Solicit numbers from business units for December graduate needs. Ask for numbers for May/June grads.

    August

    • Finalize fall campus schedule, headcount numbers, and specifications for building candidate pool.
    • Conduct training sessions for campus teams and volunteer recruiters.
    • Finalize intern evaluations, conduct exit interviews, make offers to graduating interns, and send offer information to career centers.
    • Contact student professional association leaders regarding sponsorship/speakers for meetings.

    September

    • Attend fall career fairs.
    • Initiate and participate in campus events to build image and visibility.

    October

    • Conduct fall on-campus interviews.
    • Conduct on-site interviews of "hot" candidates from career fairs.
    • Continue participation in campus events.
    • Keep in touch with summer interns.
    • Remind business units to budget for next year's summer interns and May/June grads.

    November

    • Continue on-site interviews.
    • Make offers to December grads; send offer information to career centers.
    • Make offers to "hot" May/June grads.
    • Sign up for spring career fairs.

    December

    • Check recruiting material supplies for spring events; reorder as needed.
    • Solicit headcount numbers from business units for summer interns and May/June/August grads.
    • Recognize your campus teams and volunteer recruiters with a luncheon and/or gift.
    • Work with your compensation department to set salaries for summer interns.
    • Review recruiting results for the fall term; get feedback from campus teams and volunteer recruiters. Prepare report for senior management.

    Throughout the year

    • Meet periodically with your campus recruiting teams and/or team leaders.
    • Maintain contact with key faculty, career center staff, and student leaders.
    • Review NACE publications and benchmark with colleagues to stay on top of trends.
    • Periodically meet with or survey your hires for feedback on your college relations and recruitment practices.

Monthly Plan Can Help Drive Your Recruiting Program’s Success