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IBM looks to ensnare more graduates

Forthcoming online job-matching tool is designed to pair recent college graduates with jobs at Big Blue and its partners.

IBM plans to launch a new online job-matching tool on Friday designed to pair recent college graduates with jobs at IBM and its partners.

Students who've passed an IBM Professional Certification test will be able to post their resumes to the Web-based system, where they will be made available to thousands of potential employers, the company said.

The program is an effort to address the fact that fewer students are entering the computer science field, creating a "gap between skilled IT professionals and the increased number of technology jobs," the company said.

IBM, its partners and its clients will be able to use the tool to browse resumes and search for job candidates based on their location and skills, the company said. For students, the company said, it will also offer resume and interview tips.

IBM has also launched a doctoral fellowship program that awards winners with $17,500 for tuition and fees for one year, as well as a ThinkPad laptop. The company plans to offer the winners internships and access to mentors.

In a related effort, IBM revealed plans last week to help some workers become math and science teachers. Through the new Transition to Teaching program, the company intends to offer financial assistance to longtime technical employees seeking new careers in teaching.