New & Improved!

Hello NACE Blog followers, Happy Tuesday! As you might have noticed, this blog has recently been given a massive overhaul, complete with a new look and name. Allow us to present to you, the new and improved, NACE Blog!

Last year, we launched The NACE Conference Blog as a way to connect with both attendees and non-attendees at the 2012 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The blog was a huge success and received rave reviews from those in the social scope. However, as the conference came to an end, we found the blog stagnant and under utilized. Branded as a “conference blog” really put us into a very constricting box that didn’t allow for the types of discussion the wide variety of subjects that the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports on every day. And so, as we gear up for this year’s 2013 Conference & Expo in Orlando, we decided to retire the conference blog idea and re-launch a new organization-wide network.

Keep watching right here for the latest NACE research, benchmarks, best practices, professional development, salary data and more dealing with Career Services and University Recruiting. We invite you to connect with the NACE blog by bookmarking the URL, signing up for email updates, or following the RSS feed. If you have any questions about NACE or our presence on social media, shoot me an email at or tweet me, @NACEOrg!

The winner of the #NACE12 human sign contest is…


In case you’ve forgot since last week, we had several NACE staff members strategically positioned on the walk from Paris to Bally’s to make sure no one got lost heading over to the Skyview rooms for their sessions. The staff had such a good time with it, we started a contest of who was the best “human sign”. You can see the entries on a previous blog post by clicking here. Congratulations goes out to Ramon, who took the title with 51% of the votes. Great job to Lori and Aijaz as well. Look for Ramon rocking a sign next year in a hallway of the Marriott World Center!

Here’s What People are Saying About #NACE12

We are hearing lots of good things about NACE12. Attendees especially liked the new formats, the sessions and the keynotes. Here is what we’ve heard so far:

Back in the saddle after a great week of networking at #NACE12. Great sessions, great connections!  – @MichMerc

@NACEOrg you guys were awesome! I declare #NACE12 to be a total success. Thank you! – @Shama

Thanks to all the people who tweeted from #NACE12. It was great to follow the conference back channel. – @LizRothenberg1

Had an awesome week at #NACE12! I’m looking forward to #NACE13 in Orlando! So much to bring back and share. – @CashCowan

Leaving Las Vegas! Thanks to all the #NACE12 speakers for a great conference. – @AonCampus


Congrats to @Martimehi and the entire @NACEOrg team. Great people and hard work have rewards. Nothing but rave reviews! #NACE12 – @SdotTalbo

Had a fantastic time at #NACE12- learned lots, made new connections, and bonded with my colleagues. #fb - @robinsnc

Thanks to #NACEorg for another great #NACE12 conference! Learned a lot and met super people. Looking forward to implementing great ideas! – @NoraElm

Please share your greatest takeaway from #nace12. I learned new social media and student engagement practices I can’t wait to implement. – @CindyBillington

@cindybillington My greatest #NACE12 takeaway was video, video, video & that I need smartphone so I don’t rely on wifi for tweeting. – @MeaghanWeir

More Great Conversations Happening at NACE12!

The more goals you have the less likely you are to succeed. Keep it between 1-3. Lessons learned from resetting your strategic plan #NACE12 – @molly_m_mcbride

Building credibility with HR partners and line leaders is critical to the campus recruiting function. #NACE12 – @MrCareerGuy

We need to provide the right data to parents to guide them to the right questions (and away from placement) #NACE12 – @garyalanmiller

Global peer ambassadors help @NYUWasserman provide career services abroad. Are other institutions doing similar things? #NYU#GNU#NACE12. – @HTranen

College recruiting (with solid metrics) is the lifeblood of recruiting for organizations #NACE12. – @CigarSPHR

Every person associated with your organization is now the media. Society has changed #NACE12. – ‏@CindyBillington

Such an excellent point… your website is the only one you own, so don’t rely solely on social platforms because it could go away #NACE12. – @talentminded

Have you been paying attention to your digital footprint? Google yourself/your company. Thanks for the reminder ‏@shama ! #NACE12. – @ledgerwoodl

Google+ not powerful yet, but it will be – it blends search and social. #NACE12 – @janaatwork
We are hearing from the folks back home that they are following along with the tweets to get a flavor of what’s being talked about at NACE12. Thanks to all the tweeps for these great sound bites!

Vote for the best #NACE12 human sign!

If you’ve traveled over to Bally’s Skyview rooms for some sessions, you’ve probably noticed NACE staff holding lollipop signs directing you to the elevators. We’ve heard some crazy stories about those human signs so we decided to see what you think. Vote for who is your favorite human sign – Ramon, Lori, or Aijaz!

The poll is now CLOSED, Thanks everyone for voting!
Click here to see the results.

What people are talking about at NACE12

I’ve been listening to members talk about some fantastic programs, best practices, tips and innovations. Here are a few highlights:

Kevin Gaw at Georgia State University noted the red flags to identifying fraudulent job postings. Beware of emails or URLs that are similar but, not quite like a well-known company’s, phone numbers and emails that don’t work and offers that are too good to be true.

Vanessa Strauss explained that the FDIC has cut their offer time down to about a week making the hiring process much easier for students.

Louise Carrese from the Rochester Institute of Technology and Bob Raybits from Northrop Grumman shared the importance of carefully selecting advisory board members based on their individual ability to contribute to that particular board’s mission.

Nancy Holland with DirectEmployers talked about optimizing job postings for SEO. Research the words candidates use to search for your company, the position or industry and use those key words in the posting to get more quality applicants.

Niki Perkins with Baker College discussed how she has set up a LinkedIn Group for alumni and leveraged the jobs tab within the group to imbed pertinent job feeds.

There are so many great conversations going on at NACE12. Catch up on more great insights – search Twitter for #NACE12.

Can We Interview You?

We’re looking for 30 second to 1-minute video bites on a topic you are an expert in or what you like about the conference. If you see us in the exhibit hall, video lounge or one of the networking sessions feel free to flag us down. We want to interview you!

Meet the #NACE12 Staff!

On Tuesday, the NACE (female) Staff Members are wearing bright blue polo shirts. If you need any assistance today, keep an eye out for anyone wearing these shirts and feel free to approach them. Below is the NACE staff photo taken this morning. If you see any of us out and about, make sure you say hello!

 NACE Staff at the 2012 Conference & Expo