The Jobscan for Universities Featured Partners series showcases cool initiatives that our Career Services partners are up to. Here you’ll find stories about how Jobscan has impacted their programming and really just anything they want to share with the Career Services community.
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October 2020 – Pepperdine University
August 2020 – Rutgers University
July 2020 – University of North Dakota
June 2020 – University of Missouri – Kansas City
May 2020 – University of Texas at Tyler
April 2020 – Knox College
October 2020 Featured Partner
How can we provide our students and alumni with a competitive advantage in the midst of an economic recession? Not to mention a global pandemic that has significantly limited “face-to-face” networking opportunities that we so often encourage!
As career development professionals, our mission in these unprecedented times is twofold:
1) Help students strengthen their professional communication skills; and
2) Increase their digital technology skills within the employment search landscape – two of the core competencies outlined by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE).
At Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), our Career Services department operates from an innovative three-pillar model of career strategy, community engagement, and research insights. We serve both master’s and doctoral level graduates in the fields of education and psychology. In July 2020, GSEP Career Services partnered with Jobscan in order to advance our first pillar, “Career Strategy,” by helping clients be more intentional in how they communicate their professional qualifications. This strategic approach is particularly important in a digital world, where recruitment processes rely heavily on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter the “most qualified” applicants early in the game. Furthermore, reliance on technology has only accelerated during the “stay at home” mandates of the pandemic.
At GSEP, we now use Jobscan as a tool during our virtual “Document & Social Media Consults” with students and alumni. Once we have clarified their unique career brand, we show students and alumni how they can use Jobscan Premium to target specific positions, in order to increase their match rate on their resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile – three of the most commonly referenced materials during the recruitment process.
As our students and alumni actively watch their “match rate” increase between their professional branding materials and actual job postings, they gain more clarity in their approach and more confidence in their success. Jobscan Premium’s “Power Edit” feature itself is a learning tool that increases the digital technology skills of our applicants by guiding them through the process of keyword optimization and ATS formatting preferences. Thus, they learn how to re-package themselves with versatility and relevancy. For candidates who may not have had access to related work opportunities in the past because of economic restrictions or limited social capital, they can identify the transferable skills that will allow them to communicate their qualifications more effectively.
With the continuously shifting global workplace, our GSEP Career Services team is grateful for new technologies like Jobscan that empower our students and alumni to have increased agency in their job application process.
Executive Director of Career Services
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
August 2020 Featured Partner
The Professional Science Master’s Program at Rutgers University, which offers the unique Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree, has partnered with Jobscan since 2019. The MBS degree combines a student-chosen STEM field with essential business skills, training the next generation of leaders who fuel innovation, technological discoveries, and create profitable business solutions that drive economic growth and prosperity.
As a STEM master’s degree that combines science and business training, it is critical that we provide our students with tools to set them up for professional success. In 2019, we started by offering 25 Jobscan licenses to students and alumni. Jobscan has not only increased the number of interviews they received but has also given them opportunities to learn more about themselves – i.e., how their skills (and experiences) can best align with the current job market. Our students have shared stories about how using Jobscan helped them improve their resumes by using relevant keywords based on comparisons to targeted jobs. As a result, our students are more confident because they have more knowledge and vocabulary about their industries and are able to effectively articulate their relevant skills and accomplishments during interviews. In 2020, we increased our offering to 50 Jobscan licenses and are considering even more over the next couple of months.
I am one of the two, dedicated ICF (International Coach Federation) Certified Coaches on the MBS team, and provide individualized executive and leadership coaching, career guidance, and job search action planning to our students and alumni. I work with our department’s STEM advisors and the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program to provide our students with guidance and resources to achieve their career goals. Given the challenges in the current job market, we are encouraging our students to try Jobscan, whether they are first-time job seekers, seeking advancement, or looking to pivot careers altogether.
Rutgers University is centrally located between New York City and Philadelphia, and is surrounded by some of the best pharmaceutical and biotech, personal care, financial services, consulting, and technology organizations in the world. Our program helps bridge the gap in STEM graduate education between students pursuing advanced degrees for STEM-based careers outside of academia, and industry employers looking for leaders who have business skills and can effectively apply science-based education. Jobscan has been a valuable tool for our highly skilled MBS students to communicate their skills and accomplishments to potential employers.
Assistant Director, Executive Coach & Externship Exchange Advisor
Professional Science Master’s Program (Master of Business and Science degree)
July 2020 Featured Partner
The University of North Dakota started using Jobscan in June of 2020 to solidify our message on how important it is for students and alumni to embed keywords within their documents in order to make it through initial employer screening processes. Nowadays, it is not so much about working harder to get a job, but working smarter! Students need to truly highlight their relevant work, alongside their hard and soft skills in their job application in order to stand out amongst other candidates. We started using Jobscan by initially offering 500 accounts and found the feedback from students to be very receptive and the product was put to good use, and recently became a partner! For students to have access to Jobscan, they must first utilize our services, as this is an added benefit for seeking out our assistance! At UND Career Services we find that nearly 50% of our students who use our services come back for 2 or more visits, as they see the benefits of getting advice and guidance on how best to make their experiences marketable to various employers! Jobscan has become the icing on the cake for utilizing all the advice that we give and students are using this product to solidify that what they are doing is accurately working!
This fall we will host a big marketing push on social media to encourage students to utilize our services and gain access to this great product. Our multiple Career Mentors within our Career Studio and I have started to and will continue to integrate the use of Jobscan within our Zoom 1:1 student appointments, showing students exactly how Jobscan can help them find the missing pieces of their job application and strengthen the chances of them getting noticed. The resume and cover letter scanning features and ability to highlight missing hard and soft skills make it a wonderful tool. Students also love how they can run their LinkedIn profile through the tool and find ways to strengthen their online presence on that platform as well!
UND was recently chosen by Zippia.com as #10 as the Best Public College in Each State For Getting a Job in 2020. We take our work seriously in Career Services and are honored to be part of such a distinguished university, a university that prepares our students for the future and shows them how to seek out employers that are the right fit! Jobscan will certainly continue to add to the value of the services that we provide our UND students and alumni and I’m excited to see where this will help take our students in the future! #HireHawks!
Career Coach & Mentor Coordinator, Career Services
Student Academic Success and Career Engagement (SASCE)
University of North Dakota
June 2020 Featured Partner
Like all universities, at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, it’s important that we are able to identify resources that aid students in their career pursuits, while also helping us work efficiently as a staff. Jobscan has helped us immensely with both of these goals. We have been teaching students about the complexities of applicant tracking systems for years, but with having to manually tailor their application materials, it was both time consuming for our coaches and a pain point for our students. Since piloting the program in the Fall of 2018 for a small group of students in our business school, we have watched the program grow exponentially. Our students have scanned over 3,000 resumes for over 1,500 unique positions. Our students rave about Jobscan, and we couldn’t be happier to roll it out to more and more students each year.
“I was first introduced to Jobscan during my junior year at UMKC and was told how impactful this could be in standing out during a job or internship search. I had good experience and a solid resume already formed, but when I used Jobscan’s live “match rate” feature as a guide to quickly edit my resume to include keywords, I was better able to match my experience to specific applications. This helped my resume get past ATS and into the hands of a real person searching for qualified candidates. I recommend Jobscan for its many features available to help candidates get past ATS and stand out in front of recruiters and hiring managers.”
-Connor Smith, ’20, Finance
Professional Development Manager
Bloch Career Center, University of Missouri – Kansas City
May 2020 Featured Partner
In the words of some of UT Tyler alumni and professionals: “This is a game changer!” (says a 10 Mechanical Engineer recently laid off from her job). As the Career Success Coach for the College of Engineering, Jobscan doesn’t just give me the edge as a Coach, and make me look super, it gives our students the phenomenal resources to better prepare them to meet the desires of employers’ job descriptions. I utilize Jobscan in the UT Tyler College of Engineering for every resume review I conduct. Just this week, I conducted a resume review with a recent MBA graduate with 20 years of General Manager and Small Business Ownership experience. He was “blown away”. I cannot see me NOT using Jobscan to help our University of Texas at Tyler students – past, present or future!
“My only goal was to find an engineering job in Texas to suit my family situation. I had many requests to go elsewhere for defense aerospace (Fort Worth, Phoenix, etc). According to almost every recruiter/hiring manager, I had a great resume before I used Jobscan, yet I was not getting any responses from filling out open requisitions online. I had filled out countless applications through applicant tracking systems with no feedback. It was depressing. I knew I could do almost any engineering job, but I could not get my foot in the door.
When my Career Success Coach (Mark Stark) showed me Jobscan and gave me a free trial, I started using it immediately. After using it for several widely varied positions (NASA Flight Operations, Amazon Area Manager, Plant Maintenance Engineer, etc.), the logic based approach of your application taught me one thing: the resume should be about the job, not me! My self-centered approach to selling myself was useless. That “great resume” I had was pretty, but did not serve a purpose in the job hunt approach I was using. It was like carrying a big shotgun when I needed a sniper rifle.
After implementing a new “aim small, miss small” approach, I started getting engagement from employers. All of a sudden, they were highly impressed with my skill sets and experience. The process of using Jobscan within applications in several industries and crafting my resume directly to each requisition taught me how to job hunt effectively. I switched from a broad, strategic campaign to a narrow, tactical strike approach. It was more work to craft my resume for each application, but I got better and faster with each iteration. I ended up with an incredible mechanisms and structures design engineering job supporting NASA.
Using Jobscan taught me how to train my mind on the target, not the battle. I became an effective job hunter and I will continue to use Jobscan in helping others train for the same purpose.”
-John Graham*, ’20, Mechanical Engineering;
*name changed for privacy
Career Success Coach
College of Engineering, University of Texas at Tyler
April 2020 Featured Partner
Knox College Bastian Family Center For Career Success partnered with Jobscan in January 2020 as part of our goal to fully scale our services, offering resources to students 24/7. We initially chose to pilot Jobscan with 100 accounts. Because our student feedback on it was universally positive, we became a full partner in March, offering it to all Knox students. It is simple and straightforward to use, backs up the resume and cover letter advice we’ve always offered students individually, and demystifies applicant tracking systems used by so many employers.
Like most career centers, our budget is not huge, so we presented Jobscan and our other online resource partnerships to Knox alumni as part of our strategic plan, detailing specific opportunities to invest in the professional development of current students. We are quite pleased to note that alumni gifts have now funded all four of our strategic partnerships.
To promote Jobscan on campus, our 12 Peer Career Leaders have featured it in our videos and social media posts, and they also proactively promote it in their resume and cover letter review sessions with students. We also include Jobscan as one of our featured resources on Handshake as part of our effort to lessen the need for multiple system logins and create a one-stop-shop for students.
“Jobscan is a great way to take a good resume and make it a great one. It scans your resume and gives you tips on what you should add, change, or tidy up in order to get the job you want. It’s perfect if you have a specific job you know you want to apply for. It’ll help you revise your resume to that specific employer to guarantee it matches what they are looking for!”
-Marissa Akers, ’20, Biology
Bastian Family for Career Success, Knox College