Here are the two themes we have now: three column (http://careeredge.bc.edu/) and two column (http://demo.uconnectlabs.com/mit1/)
I'd like to have the new designs have a progressive look and feel that creates a wow-factor but also traditional enough to be on the .edu.
I want to the design to focus on the articles, the events and the jobs/job search.
I'd like to replace the rotating banner and use that space more effectively, perhaps by highlighting featured posts - something like what's one here http://magazine3.com/demo/tastyfood/ or here http://techcrunch.com/
At the same time, I'd like to really make sure students are filling out the form that currently pops up when they click on the "Alerts" button. The design on Internmatch makes it clear that they want users to fill out their form: http://www.internmatch.com/
I also want to highlight jobs - I would think the green job search widget at the top of the Internmatch site (http://www.internmatch.com/) gets users to engage with it since it's right in your face
I also want to highlight events, preferably above the fold.
I also want to make it easy for users to filter content based on industry to category. We've taken a stab at this on the UMass site (http://recruiting.isenberg.umass.edu/) with the categories on the top nav and the "Blogs by Industry" - Tech Crunch has a tab format to make a distinction between "Popular" and "Latest" posts, which I like.
The categories I'd like to see are "Research" "Networking" "Interviewing" "Workplace Success" - then i'd like to have some filter for different industries as well.
I'd also like to make a real effort to organize the newsfeed - a very central piece to the site. Currently, the blog posts lack structure. Pictures are different sizes, there are different fonts, sizes and colors and event he amount of text in each blog that is shown on the front page is different, making the actual blogs different sizes. I'd like to tighten that up and also create a strong "Continue Reading" CTA that will get students to click through.
I'd also like the ability to highlight a few logos of key resources at the top of the page.
I like the consolidated menu under the three line CTA on the top of this page - http://magazine3.com/demo/tastyfood/ - saves space and looks current