A Job Bank or: How to Engage Students and Alumni Without Spending a Dime

Presenter: Andrea Smith

Time: May 12, 2:30-3:45

Location: B122

One way to both keep alumni involved in department life and aid them in their professional life is maintaining a job bank. The department of Historic Preservation has had such a job bank for at least fifteen years. Although it once had a good reputation among preservation professionals beyond UMW, the job bank had recently sharply slid in quality and visibility. The interface was woefully obsolete and complicated, and updating it was a daunting task. This motivated one faculty member and three students to make a change. Through extensive research, discussion, and trial-and-error, a new, much-improved job bank was born. The new job bank vastly enhanced the interface, including the addition of color-coded maps, and also streamlined the maintenance needs. Kept up-to-date by two students and used by students, alumni, and unaffiliated professionals alike, the new job bank is returning to its well-regarded past, and has motivated many visits to the department’s website. By using a combination of UMW Blogs and Google tools, the job bank is not only effective in fostering engagement, it is also free.

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