IMPORTANT N.C. A&T CAREER SERVICES UPDATES

Thank you for your continued recruitment of our students and for your commitment to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T). We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.  Please take a moment to read the very IMPORTANT INFORMATION below as it pertains to recruiting at N.C A&T.

HOURS OF OPERATIONS

Career Services will continue to operate virtually during the fall semester. Hours of operation remain 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The best method of communication is email, as our staff will operate via a hybrid model with a combination of staggering days in the office and teleworking. Staff will reach back out via email or Zoom notification for a phone or video conference. General questions may be emailed to ocs@ncat.edu. To reach a specific staff person visit www.ncat.edu/careerservices and click Career Services Staff for their email address.

EMPLOYER SERVICES

All employer events will be virtual throughout the fall. Aside from interviews, resume critiques, and mock interviews (which can be held during normal business hours), all other employer events should be requested via Handshake for any time from 12 – 2 p.m. or 6 – 8 p.m., as these are the best times for students to engage.

HANDSHAKE 

Career Services transitioned to the Handshake jobs/events portal on July 1, 2020. Handshake is free to employers and allows the contact person to request activities including interviews and employer meetups (i.e., career fairs, information sessions, town halls, lobby days, coffee chats, virtual campus visits, and faculty/staff meetings) as well as post jobs/leadership opportunities. We invite you to connect with us via the Handshake site so that you can continue to engage, find, access and hire the best college talent at N.C. A&T State University.  Visit ncat.joinhandshake.com.

CAREER FAIRS 

The Fall Career Awareness Fair will be held September 16, 2020 via the Handshake Virtual Career Fair platform. Registration is open in Handshake. Early bird registration ends July 31st. Regular registration ends August 14th.

INTERVIEWS

Employers must continue to request room only, pre-select and open interview schedules via Handshake. The room/interview location will be noted as “virtual”. Once the student selects an interview time slot and the schedule closes, it will be up to the employer to notify the student(s) of the interview link which will be utilized for the virtual interviews. Employers who are conducting Room Only interviews will be required to forward career services a list of students interviewed including their first & last name, classification, and major if known. This will enable the OCS to attach the interview to both the employer and student’s record.

UPDATED JOB OFFER GUIDELINES

For all offers extended during fall recruiting season for summer internships, co-op or full-time employment, employers should allow students until October 1 or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer, whichever is later, for students to accept or decline and allow until March 1 or a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer  to accept or decline any offers extended during Spring recruiting season. The OCS advises recruiters to neither pressure students to accept offers in less time than indicated above, nor attach bonuses that “explode” if the offer is not immediately accepted. For all offers extended during Summer accelerated recruitment, the same guidelines will apply.

According the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), experience shows the best employment decisions for both students and employers are those that are made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information and transparency. Students given sufficient time to attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews, and/or complete the interviewing in which they are currently engaged are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions and may be less likely to renege on job acceptances.

 BEST PRACTICES

  • Start with Career Services; we will serve as your liaison and maintain a record of your engagement.
  • Post all event requests and jobs in Handshakes.
  • Plan accordingly to allow your request to be approved and promoted no later than 10 days before the proposed event.
  • Be open to all classifications whenever possible; cultivate relationships with freshmen.
  • Create flyers that are pictorial, diverse, and engaging.
  • Consider creating a “commercial” to promote your organization or job opportunity on social media.
  • Use alumni or recent interns/co-op students (during events) to connect with students; submit student testimonials and pictures of their engagement with your organization.

 SAVE THE DATES (University Calendar / Academic Calendar)

  • August 19: Classes begin
  • September 1-15: Career Fair employers may request dates to host pre-career fair events
  • September 7: University Open (Labor Day Holiday Will Not be Observed)
  • September 16: 46th Annual Career Awareness Fair (Virtual)
  • September 17 Career Awareness Fair Next Day Interviews
  • September 18: Fall recruiting season begins
  • November 4: Healthcare Career Fair
  • November 11: Graduate & Professional School Fair (for Institutions)
  • November 24: Classes &Recruiting Season Ends
  • December 7-11: Exam Period
  • December 12: Graduation  

 

KEY OFFICE CONTACTS FOR EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT

If you have any additional employer engagement questions or concerns, you may reach out to the following individuals based on your needs.

Jenell Prince, Recruiting and Scheduling Coordinator (jnmcmill@ncat.edu):

  • Requests for student engagement events (i.e., workshops, meetups, etc. – all currently virtual)
  • Virtual Interview schedules
  • Creating job postings (all types)
  • Handshake account creation or assistance

Pamela Basheer, Assistant Director for Experiential Learning (basheerp@ncat.edu):

  • Experiential Assistance: internships, co-op, on-campus student employment job postings and interviews
  • Career opportunities for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors

Shantea Gentry, Assistant Director for Employer Relations (sygentry@ncat.edu):

  • Full-time Assistance: job postings and interviews
  • Career opportunities for graduating seniors, masters, and phd students

Kendra Haywood, Assoc. Dir. for Career Services / Employer Engagement (kyhaywood@ncat.edu):

  • Connecting to the university
  • Recruiting strategies
  • Alternate assistance for employer engagement needs if you are unable to reach aforementioned staff