North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents in the Class of 2010 saw how tough the job market was for the grad­u­ates a year ago. As a result, grad­u­ates this year have had an oppor­tu­nity to adjust their approach, be more proac­tive in their employ­ment search, and take advan­tage of new North­eastern job place­ment ini­tia­tives, according to Maria Stein, director of career ser­vices.

But Stein also says Northeastern’s coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, which inte­grates class­room studies with expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties across the globe, makes grad­u­ates better pre­pared for suc­cess in the pro­fes­sional world and more attrac­tive to employers.

I think our stu­dents always have great oppor­tu­ni­ties for landing jobs and get­ting jobs that align with their career goals because of the pro­fes­sional mindset, con­fi­dence and prepa­ra­tion they’ve gotten from their co-​​ops,” Stein says.

According to Stein, there are signs the job market is improving, but it will still take awhile for it to fully recover from the reces­sion, and she says stu­dents must brace them­selves for this reality.

It’s a chal­lenging economy, and the goal is to help you find a job that you will enjoy, that chal­lenges you and that’s building your skills and moving your career for­ward,” Stein says.

In recent years, the Princeton Review has named North­eastern among the top schools for job placement.

While career ser­vices admin­is­tra­tors are grat­i­fied by the pos­i­tive media atten­tion, they have not slowed their efforts to find inno­v­a­tive ways of improving place­ment services.

For example, in the face of slower employer on-​​campus recruiting activity, North­eastern has launched a host of new part­ner­ships and pro­grams in the last year that will improve stu­dents’ chances of landing jobs. The Uni­ver­sity started an “employer-​​in-​​residence” pro­gram, in which rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Raytheon, IBM and Shawmut Design and Con­struc­tion held reg­ular hours on campus for stu­dents to inquire about job oppor­tu­ni­ties and seek input on their resumes.

North­eastern also started holding LinkedIn work­shops for stu­dents and alumni to improve their pro­fes­sional pro­files on the web­site and learn how to net­work to strengthen their chances of landing jobs. A new recruiting pro­gram called “WYN It: Recruiting When You Need It” also con­nects stu­dents to jobs that employers are seeking to turn around very quickly.

Our job is really to help stu­dents and employers con­nect,” Stein says.