Employers & Recruiters

Why You Should Hire a Grinnellian

Independent thinkers, exceptional communicators, and international citizens — Grinnell graduates make lasting contributions in their careers, working in business and industry, in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, in this country, and around the world. With an individualized curriculum, we don’t expect our students to stick with one specialty for four years. We know that flexibility and adaptability enable and inspire the big thinkers and global leaders of tomorrow. Grinnellians take responsibility for their education; they take responsibility for their work. They make original connections and develop fresh ideas. They solve problems. They thrive in teams yet excel at independent, self-driven projects. They are never afraid to lead.

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service offers a suite of recruiting options for organizations seeking to connect with our students for full-time positions, internships, graduate admissions, or post-graduate fellowships and volunteer programs. It is our pleasure to consult with you about which of the following strategies are best suited to your recruitment goals.

  • On-Campus Interviewing: We will work closely with you to coordinate the application process and schedule interviews to meet students in person. Employers typically post an opening or opportunity with us, along with a résumé deadline, prior to their on-campus visits. We recommend at least three weeks’ advance notice, so that you will have time to preselect candidates and students can prepare for their meetings with you. Interviews generally take place on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Information Sessions: We understand you have important information you want to share with our students in person. Allow us to reserve the proper space and technology for you to share opportunities with your organization.
  • Tabling: Like on every college campus, there are predictable times and locations where student traffic is congested. We are happy to help reserve a space for you to be at the epicenter of activity. Our students are both outgoing and inquisitive, so be prepared for lots of questions.
  • Résumé Referrals: Members of our staff will work with you to advertise career opportunities and find the right candidates. Send us descriptions, application procedures, suggested deadlines, and any other pertinent information. We will refer relevant résumés and assist you with potential next steps.
  • Telepresence Interviews/Webinars: Iowa rocks! If you've never been here, then you have one more reason to come visit us. However, if you can't make it to our section of America's Breadbasket, then we can assist you with recruiting at a distance. We can help you set up web-based interviews or information sessions over Skype, Google, or another platform.
  • Consortia: In addition to the various recruiting options listed here, Grinnell is also a member of three different recruiting consortia: the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium, the Liberal Arts Career Network, and the Iowa College Recruiting Network. Please let us know if you'd like additional information about one or more of these consortia.

The CLS is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. We abide by their Principles for Ethical Professional Practice and we expect recruiters to as well. In addition, we expect all recruiters to adhere to our Recruiting Activities Policy. This policy governs all activities that occur on the Grinnell College campus and are sponsored by the CLS or posted on our Handshake job board.



The CLS is pleased to offer employers the opportunity to connect with Grinnell College students, via Handshake — a networked platform used for recruiting college students at over 600 colleges and universities. Handshake offers employers the ability to post jobs, track applicants, schedule on-campus interviews and requests for campus visits. Additionally, Handshake offers expanded recruitment potential:

  • Manage all your campuses with Handshake at no cost
  • Search for qualified student and alumni candidates
  • A mobile experience — update your job postings, view applicants, and more while on the go using Handshake's responsive design

For more information about Handshake, please visit Handshake's Employer Site.

Handshake Resources

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