Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Business College Representatives Link Students with Employers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Business College Representatives Link Students with Employers

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In a competitive employment market, not only do students need to distinguish themselves, but so do their colleges, Caroline Franklin said.

"We need to set ourselves apart from the larger institutions," said Franklin, director of business career development for the University of Tulsa Collins College of Business. "These students are competing against other schools, and there is a lot of competition that arises for one position."

She said she thinks her role of liaison between the college and the corporate community helps bring a competitive edge to TU's business college. Franklin said she serves as a "broker" between companies looking for good employees and students looking for the right position.

"This is a new model where we not only work with the students but with the employers and where it's completely focused in the business college," she said. "This is really a one-stop shop when it comes to advising."

Her office, found in the Williams Student Services Center, opened in fall 2008 as a partnership between Tulsa-based energy company Williams and the Collins College of Business.

Some of the job preparation services she helps with are critiquing resumes, identifying internship opportunities and conducting mock interviews.

TU's competition comes from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University business colleges.

In 2008, the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business created the undergraduate career development program to increase the number of internships and placement opportunities for students.

Robert Harper, director of the undergraduate career development program for the Price College of Business, said offering specialized recruitment services gives students a competitive advantage.

"We work with students to prepare for the interview and how to distinguish themselves from other candidates," he said. "We make sure to help prepare the students with job opportunities."

Lindsay Vallaster said the job market is becoming increasingly more competitive, especially in these struggling economic times. …

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