“I stumbled onto CampusPoint through an email sent out by my school,” said Egbert, a University of Portland junior. “Now I’m working at Oregon Financial Serves Group and loving it. I don’t know how I would have found this job if it weren’t for CampusPoint. I’ve never seen anything like them before.”
“We’re a long ways from the basement we started in.” said Griffith Owen, Co-Founder and President of CampusPoint. “Literally, when we started, people said we were nuts. They didn’t think employers would ever pay for a service like ours.”
Fast forward three years and today, CampusPoint is a profitable, rapidly growing hub for thousands of Seattle-area college students and recent college graduates seeking jobs. The Company, which typically fills 50+ openings per month, is the largest campus recruiter in Washington. In Oregon, CampusPoint is just getting started with a new office in Downtown Portland, but already boasts over 2,000 registered candidates – all local college students and recent graduates seeking Portland-area jobs. The Company’s services are FREE for candidates seeking work.
“Our mission is to find ways to increase the number of employers that actively recruit and hire recent college graduates because most don’t,” said Suzanne DeMatteis, Regional Director of CampusPoint Portland. “We combine elements of an employment agency with elements of internet-driven job boards and on-campus career centers to provide a new and different service geared specifically to the needs employers, local students, and recent college graduates.”
The company aims to make reaching and hiring students and recent college graduates so streamlined, easy, and inexpensive that employers with no recent experience will give it a try – thus increasing the overall number of jobs made available to the group. They also sell the virtues of considering recent college graduates for jobs.
“We hear stories from employers like ‘why would we want a recent graduate working here, I’ve got two of them at home in front of the TV right now?’ and we have to convince them to overcome those kinds of stereotypes,” Owen said.
Owen said that recent college graduates are some of the very best employees to be found, as they are bright, dependable, technically savvy, and eager to work. Plus they represent a means for employers to shave costs, since they expect lower salaries. In the Seattle area, CampusPoint has served more than 300 employers – the vast majority of them had no recent experience with campus recruiting prior to CampusPoint.
“And the vast majority of those clients remain with us today,” Owen said. “They run the gamut from small startups to major corporations like Safeco and Paccar.”
For employers in the Portland area, CampusPoint offers a low-cost way to reach thousands of the best college students and recent graduates from all across Oregon.
“We’ve really been dazzled by the quality of the candidates we have seen through CampusPoint,” Mary Tyler-Allison, Marketing Director of Oregon Financial Services Group said. “We’ve literally had trouble determining which ones to hire because they all looked so good.”
Heidi Moore, Operations Manager at Portland’s Cushman & Wakefield, agrees.
“None of the six candidates that we interviewed for the first position we filled through CampusPoint would have been a bad choice, which is unusual,” she said. “We’ve also been impressed with CampusPoint’s technology and personal service - which was so far above and beyond what we expected that we literally sent our very next job opening to them. Now we’re working on a third.”
Other Portland-area clients of CampusPoint include AAA of Oregon/Idaho, American General Financial Services, Bargreen Ellingson, First Tech Credit Union, Hertz, and Pacific Northwest Title.
CampusPoint’s service offerings include an innovative Local Employer Directory featuring over 400 in-depth profiles of local, Portland-area employers featuring information such as the number of college students and recent graduates hired by the employer over the past year, what the employer does, where they are located, what kinds of benefits are offered by the employer, and dozens of other facts. CampusPoint’s primary service, known as TempTern, combines elements of a traditional temporary agency with an internship program – offering both employers and candidates the best of both worlds. Most TempTern jobs evolve into long-term, non-temporary jobs.
“The best part is that students and recent graduates apply for TempTern jobs in real time as they come up,” said DeMatteis. “There isn’t any guessing, and that’s different from how traditional employment and temporary agencies work. Our candidates know exactly what they are applying for, and that these are jobs not ordinarily offered to them because traditional temporary agencies don’t generally market to college students and recent graduates.”
Employers pay $3-$4 per hour over CampusPoint’s cost to utilize the TempTern program, and gain access to innovative technology which helps them to choose their own most qualified candidates from the best ones who have applied for the job through CampusPoint. TempTern also helps employers avoid the “conversion fees” commonly charged by traditional agencies.
Typically CampusPoint is working on 50-100 local job openings at any one time.
Splashed throughout the CampusPoint website are references to the Company’s commitment to Social Responsibility. CampusPoint does not help employers fill 100% commission or unpaid jobs. There are plans to donate up to $25,000 over the next year to on-campus student-run activities and events in Oregon.
Now open in Portland, and with plans for further geographic expansion, CampusPoint employs six fulltime employees here. Soon, CampusPoint expects to become the biggest campus recruiter in Oregon.
“Like we have in Seattle, we plan to convince literally hundreds of Portland-area employers to open their doors to college students and recent graduates,” said DeMatteis.
Founded in 2002 by recent graduates of the University of Washington in Seattle, CampusPoint creates programs that bring local college students, recent college graduates, and employers together.