As summer starts to wind down, we will all be returning to campus and starting yet another exciting year. As this new academic year begins, we will be attending countless networking, career and internship events. BettyAnn Marrone, corporate college recruiter for Burlington Coat Factory, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding what she does as a recruiter and what she looks for in job candidates while out on campus recruiting.
Q: What are your current roles as a recruiter?
A: As a college recruiter I represent Burlington on campus partnering with career services, student organizations and faculty to recruit students for full-time positions and internships.
I also organize the interview process and assist in the execution of the summer internship program.
Q. What led you to a career in recruiting?
A: I have always loved helping people figure out what they wanted to do with their careers and then help them achieve that. I also enjoy matching the perfect person with the perfect position.
Q. What does a typical work day look like for you?
A: There really is no typical day. When I am on campus, I am talking to students about the opportunities at Burlington and identifying those we would like to interview. Back in the office, I schedule campus visits, information sessions, interviews and job fairs.
Q. How has social media affected the recruiting process?
A: It has really helped us get the word out that we are going to be on campus. If the school or student groups have LinkedIn or Facebook pages, I usually post our arrival and the opportunities for which we’ll be recruiting. I also use Twitter when applicable.
Q. What three qualities do you look for when recruiting students?
A: A genuine interest in the position, leadership abilities, and being an overall well-rounded student.
Q: How many colleges do you travel to in one recruiting season?
A: Burlington visits approximately 30 campuses each season. We have teams of alumni, recruiters and hiring managers for each of the campuses we visit.
Q: What makes one student stand out from thousands of others at a career fair?
A: A passion for their major and a genuine interest in what we have to offer.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Working with the students.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A: Be prepared and be yourself.
Q: What advice would you give to students who are going to be attending career/internship/networking fairs in the future?
A: Think about what it is you want from an employer—either an internship or long-term career. DO YOUR RESEARCH!! Go online and see if the company fits what you are looking for. Ask students who have interned there, or alumni who are working there about their experiences. Talk to Career Services and utilize everything they have to offer!
This blog was written by Victoria Maggio, campus ambassador at Penn State University. She is a rising senior dual majoring in Public Relations and Integrative Arts. Follow her on Twitter @VictoriaMaggio.