Brooksource recruiters Jason Caress and Emily Schallhorn spoke in Smith Hall Thursday night to TCU’s Association for Information Systems (AIS) club.
Brooksource is a company that works with other companies’ information technology (IT) needs. The company’s recruiters help find the exact types of people companies are looking to hire.
Recruiters also work with college students and graduates by matching their skills with specific companies.
The team’s focus at the informational session was the “technical youth.” They advised students on how to land jobs and internships with IT companies.
Caress said one of the most important things students can do is to create a profile on LinkedIn. He said their profiles should look clean before they try and connect with people. He also advised students to reach out by asking professionals on social media: “What can I do?”
Brooksource is a great gateway for IT students who yearn for a personal feel while searching for jobs and making connections, the recruiters said.
“We get in and get to know the students,” Caress said. “Whereas we have partnerships with colleges and universities where they go to career fairs and they stand behind the table and they wait for you to come to them.”
“We go to you guys,” he said.
The recruiters stated their care and concern for students. They immediately said they wanted the session to be more of an open conversation with students instead of a presentation.
AIS President and sophomore business major Colin McNearney organized the event. Out of everything shared by the recruiters, McNearney said he hopes members get the most out of the making connections aspect. He said he hopes Brooksource helped students to figure out what they want to do in the IT field.
“BIS (Business Information Systems) and IT are really small majors here on campus,” McNearney said. “I think having a more holistic approach and trying to find a place for them make the biggest impact on campus is important, and really just making their presence known and making that connection happen.”
The club usually has speakers visit once a month.
AIS Treasurer Katelyn Jennings said the group picks speakers and events that they feel will connect with the group the best.