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Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:27 PM

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I'll be finishing up my BS in CompSci by the end of the year and I'm currently searching for employment. What job in particular? Heck I suppose it doesn't matter since I don't have any CS-related job experience besides working as an entry-level IT Consultant at my University. Apparently my experience isn't enough because I haven't been landing any jobs. Now ideally I'd like to get a job programming and work my way up to Software Developer/Engineer and then go into Database Administration (which is what I wanted to do before I developed my programming skills).

So I figured with the wealth of knowledge spread among the members of the D.I.C. forums, that I'd ask you all which companies target on recruiting part of their employees from a population of current CS students or recent CS grads? Are there any companies that are better to work for fresh out of/still in college than others? As far as the location I'd be looking for employment in the Richmond, VA area and the surrounding cities.

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Re: Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:35 PM

First things first - have you asked your college counselors? Typically they have a job board or would have an hear for someone looking for recent greenhorn grads.
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Re: Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 08 August 2014 - 05:35 PM, said:

First things first - have you asked your college counselors? Typically they have a job board or would have an hear for someone looking for recent greenhorn grads.
I haven't asked them that specific question but a few months ago I did meet with a counselor to help me find an internship. At the time I couldn't fit the available ones into my schedule since I already was working two jobs. Now that my schedule is freed up, it looks like everything I saw is gone now.

I just realized though that the job companies they told me about when I was looking for an internship were primarily in the Hampton Roads area where I attend school. I'll be needing an actual job though in Richmond...I know with lack of experience I might have to work for free and do an internship starting off but that's contradictory to what my departmental advisor was saying, "we CS students shouldn't have to do an internship without pay."

So all in all, I preferably would like a full-time job in Richmond,VA but if I have to get an internship and work for free to build experience I will.
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Re: Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

Then I would ask them that specific question. Ask them recommendation on companies that maybe hiring. For Pete's sake - was I the only one that had an on going, verbal, relationship with my college counselor for this reason (among many others)?! Job boards, folks who are hiring, etc may all chat/network with these people.

After that - have you looked for jobs on your own? Using the keywords "junior" or "entry" level?

Examples:
http://www.indeed.co...=Richmond%2C+VA
http://jobsearch.mon...nd__2C-Virginia
http://www.simplyhir...=Richmond%2C+VA
http://www.careerjet...ming&l=Richmond
https://richmond.cra...of?query=junior
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Re: Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:05 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 08 August 2014 - 08:25 PM, said:

Then I would ask them that specific question. Ask them recommendation on companies that maybe hiring. For Pete's sake - was I the only one that had an on going, verbal, relationship with my college counselor for this reason (among many others)?! Job boards, folks who are hiring, etc may all chat/network with these people.

After that - have you looked for jobs on your own? Using the keywords "junior" or "entry" level?

Examples:
http://www.indeed.co...=Richmond%2C+VA
http://jobsearch.mon...nd__2C-Virginia
http://www.simplyhir...=Richmond%2C+VA
http://www.careerjet...ming&l=Richmond
https://richmond.cra...of?query=junior
I have been looking for jobs on my own. I haven't managed to get in contact with my counselor yet but I'll keep trying. In the mean time, would freelance programming be a good place to jumpstart my career? I've been googling around and have found a few. There were some that seemed to be more of a company-type deal where you have to apply to join that website's team of experts while I found others that require college degrees. I suspect that the website's that require you to apply and/or require a college degree are more lucrative since the amount of employees on there are limited...then again websites like that probably aren't considered freelancing however I feel that would be another good place to work once I meet the requirements.
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Re: Companies that Target CS Students/Grads?

Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

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In the mean time, would freelance programming be a good place to jumpstart my career?

Any time you can have concert application of your knowledge and skills is never a bad route.. and getting paid for it is always nice too.
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