Iowa State University

Mary Lee Vance, Education, (515) 294-5673
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's College of Education is launching a "paperless resume" registration system for job-seeking students and alumni.

The "First Place" system will be on the World Wide Web and provide students and alumni with 24-hour access to the College of Education's career services office. The College of Education, which will have the system up and running this summer, is one of the first academic institutions in the world to buy licensing rights for the system from Academic Software, a Texas firm. Other ISU colleges are looking into implementing the system.

With First Place, education students and alumni can upload personal data and resumes onto the system from anywhere in the world, any time of the day. They also update the information when necessary, find out about potential job openings and schedule interviews with prospective employers visiting campus. A password will be needed to gain access to the system. All information uploaded onto First Place will be confidential.

While they can't actually tap into resumes filed on the system, employers can submit information about job openings to career services officials, who can then use First Place to find appropriate applicants.

In the past, education students submitted paper applications to career services. This process eventually gave way to information being stored on computer discs and uploaded onto the college's computer files. Students could only gain access to their files during business hours. The new system eventually will do away with both paper and computer discs.


Diana Pounds
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