Traditionally, the campus recruitment process is socially driven, so how does someone who doesn’t necessarily thrive in this environment set themselves apart as a viable candidate?
This is the question our local Recruiting Manager, Roxanne LaMonica, aimed to answer when she assembled a team of CBIZ & MHM staff to develop and pitch the idea of the 2015 CASE Competition, a program designed to attract, challenge and identify recruits who are more technically driven. To start, LaMonica reached out to three area colleges to identify partners in helping to promote this event. The University of Missouri Career Services was very enthusiastic and agreed to partner with CBIZ & MHM on this initiative.
The event was promoted on the MU campus for a month and attracted more than 20 interested applicants. Participants were then divided into teams and asked to research and make a recommendation on how changes to the revenue recognition standards would impact a specific industry. Teams then had a few days to research their topic before presenting their findings and recommendations to a panel of experts including CBIZ & MHM leadership, in addition to Vairam Arunachalam, Director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Missouri.
Through the presentation and Q&A response process, "it was clear we had attracted and engaged top talent and, as a result, we are now actively pursuing several of them," commented LaMonica. Our partnership with MU Career Services not only provided those more technically driven a chance to thrive in a different recruiting environment, but also provided the opportunity for CBIZ & MHM to increase our name recognition on the MU campus. This event generated positive results and is a concept we are actively pursuing on other college campuses.