With the buzz of college life, it's tough to find the time to pound the pavement in search of a job, said Augusta State University student Ivy Minnie.
Internet sites such as www.GeorgiaHIRE.com have made it easier, and on Monday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the expansion of the Web site, which allows the state's college students to post their resumes online. The expansion will enable the state's technical schools to participate in the college version of Monster.com.
Students can post their resumes and search for job openings through the free service, and businesses can look at potential employees.
Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam welcomed the announcement.
"Obviously, anything that is going to help our students get placed in jobs benefits Augusta Tech since that's our job," he said.
The college has managed an online job service, but www.GeorgiaHIRE.com will provide greater exposure to students, Mr. Elam said.
On average, at any given time 12,000 resumes are posted on the Web site, said John Milsaps, a spokesman for the University System of Georgia. In fiscal year 2006, 3,600 employers used the site and conducted 10,000 searches.
Denise Jones, an employment and recruiting supervisor for UPS, said the Web site is convenient for employers who might need to find someone quickly. Ms. Jones said her company had recently hired someone from the service.
"Without those resources, we would not have been able to find someone that good for UPS," she said.
Julie Goley, the director of the ASU career center, called www.GeorgiaHIRE.com a "powerful" resource for students and employers but cautioned that there still needs to be a "face behind the technology."
Technology provides a quicker way for students to find jobs than the paper job postings. The Internet, though, shouldn't replace traditional resources, such as the career center, she said. Students can use the site and bypass the career center, but doing so might not be the best approach, she said. The career center provides "quality control."
Reports from Brandon Larrabee of Morris News Service were used in this article.
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