A website launched by Pamplin College of Business alumnus Jason Messer has given job-seeking alumni and students and Hokie-seeking employers an additional means to connect with one another.

"It has been growing every month, with new resumés, jobs, and visitors,” says Messer, who launched the site in 2009. A finance graduate, he is a senior recruiter at Trademark Recruiting, a private, Tampa-based executive placement firm.

“Every resumé is posted by an alumnus or student,” Messer says, “every job listed is by someone looking to hire a Virginia Tech graduate or student.” The site is free to all users, who must register to post items. “You don’t have to be an alumnus to post job openings to our site,” he says, “but you do need to be one to post a resumé.”

Messer created the website from scratch with the help of his software engineer brother Todd, with whom he ran a successful Web design firm while working full-time as a recruiter. He came up with the idea for the site as a way to merge his interests in Web design and recruiting and to give back to his alma mater, says Messer, who returned to campus last month for Pamplin’s Business Horizons career fair.

“I developed the concept and managed the project, while Todd handled all the coding and developers. We built the custom site, together with a small team of developers, in about eight months, coding every night while managing our day jobs.”

Read the full story at “Connecting Hokies and jobs,” check out Messer’s advice on changing jobs, and enjoy a slide show on Business Horizons.



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