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April 1, 2003

Web service helps students, grads find jobs in struggling economy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Center for Career Opportunities has a new online tool to help students and alumni find employment in a tight job market.

The Web-based service also helps businesses control the cost of finding quality candidates for their job openings.

"The new Purdue online job posting system, powered by NACElink, will be particularly beneficial to Indiana's small- and mid-sized employers who will be able to post positions of interest to Purdue students free of charge," said Timothy Luzader, director of the Center for Career Opportunities. "Employers also can elect to post to multiple universities simultaneously for a minimal fee and can make changes and additions that are reflected in a universal listing."

The NACElink system was conceptualized and influenced by a group of career services administrators from Purdue, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arizona and University of California at Berkley, as well as the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and DirectEmployers Association. Representatives from major corporations also were involved in product development to aid in the recruitment of all employment types, including full-time and internship positions.

"The NACElink tools enhance the delivery of services to employers and better enables our staff to advise and assist Purdue students and graduates in their job search processes," Luzader said.

Luzader said such services allow employers to contain recruiting costs while facilitating the exchange of information between employers and prospective candidates and offering greater protection of the privacy of student records.

Employers can post vacancies by visiting, then logging on to CCO Express.

Students can access the site at by clicking on student or alumni as appropriate and logging in to CCO Express. If students or alumni have difficulty logging in, they should call the Center for Careers Opportunities at (765) 494-3981 or e-mail

"Staff members at the Center for Career Opportunities have been instrumental in the development of the system and will adapt its evolution based on student and employer needs," Luzader said.

The Center for Career Opportunities provides employment support and career development services that influence the lifelong career transitions among its students and graduates. The center offers help in job searches, writing cover letters, building resumes and developing interview skills.

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 by executives from leading U.S. corporations to meet challenges in technology and corporate recruiting. The National Association of Colleges and Employers is a member-driven nonprofit association that provides resources, such as publications, as well as professional development events and products and services to help career services and recruitment professionals.

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Tim Luzader, (765) 494-3985,

Related Web site:
Purdue Centers for Career Opportunities

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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