A few months ago thousands of college students swarmed the gymnasium of John Jay College to try to find long-term work placement. The room was full of tables manned by nonprofit organizations and university researchers hoping to find motivated students who were ready to gain real-world experiences in the job market. I represented the Brooklyn Children's Museum in our search for college "exPLAYners," a new group of students who would help motivate learning in our galleries. The job fair was hosted by CUNY Service Corps, a program that places students at a job site for 12 hours a week for 20 weeks throughout the school year.
As a job site, you have to interview 50 or so students in two days to find a great match. There isn't much time to get to know students, so you are reliant on résumés and cover letters.