NEWBERRY — The Center for Student Success recently introduced Wolftracks, an online system to help students prepare for a career after graduation.
Wolftracks is Newberry College’s online job bank and web-based recruiting system. With the database, students can search and apply for jobs and internships, upload resumes for employers, research potential employers, and find information about career events at Newberry College.
The idea from Wolftracks came from Associate Dean for Educational Services Jane Willis after she learned last year that Newberry College did not have a formalized job database for students.
After some research, the college decided on Naselink, the largest association between universities and employers in the nation. In the database, employers nationwide are able to post once. Once their employment opportunities are posted, every college registered with Naselink will receive the posting. In turn, employers can also request to see resumes of students in the system.
Mariah Gaughan of the college’s Career Services office says all students should take advantage of the Wolftracks program.
“Employers are starting to gear towards online recruiting for potential employees,” Gauaghan says. “The selection process for jobs is no longer face-to-face like it once was. Having a frequently updated profile with your most current resume is what will get you the largest amount of contacts.”
Although not all of Newberry College students have used Wolftracks yet, every student already has an account in the system.
Beginning this semester, all freshmen were required to use the program in college life classes. Likewise, seniors must use the program in order to have their resumes checked.
Those who have used the program have found it beneficial.
“I first used the system last year when we tried it in my college life class,” says sophomore Rebecca Ruff. “I am excited to start using it to help me prepare for a career after graduation.”
However, many students have not yet used the system.
“One downfall is that many students do not regularly use their Newberry College email,” Gaughan says. “They are missing out on information about Wolftracks, events, and access to resume books.”
Currently, Wolftracks is designed to help students in search of an internship or a job after graduation. Gaughan says Wolftracks is primarily geared towards full time positions, but Career Services is in the process of expanding the options for part time jobs for students.
“We are currently working with the Newberry Chamber, financial aid, and the local community to expand part time positions for students,” she says.
Wolftracks includes an ever-expanding array of resources, including a document library, resume samples, job fair tips and choices, and a salary calculator. Wolftracks also features important dates from Career Services.
Among them is the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Job Fair on Jan. 30.
Students have an opportunity to contribute resumes to the college’s resume book for the job fair; the deadline to submit a resume is Nov. 29.