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Achieving SUccess during #SUCareerWeek


By Tracy Tillapaugh

Image of students and employers at Career Fair @ the Dome

This fall, Career Services will bring in more than 90 employers to meet YOU at our Career Fair. We’ve already written about how to prepare for the fair, and posted a video telling you what to do after the Career Fair, but what do you do when you’re actually at the Career Fair? I’ve compiled some tips for making the most of your Career Week.

First, you will want to make sure you take a directory and map of employers at the fair. With more than 90 employers to meet with on Tuesday, September 30, it’s important to know where the employers you want to meet are set up. Take a few minutes when you first arrive to get acquainted with the setup and decide which employers you will visit first!

Second, you will want to greet each employer with a smile and a firm handshake. As you approach the employer, extend your hand, make eye contact, provide a firm handshake, and introduce yourself. One of the best things you can do as you speak with the employer is to tell him or her a few things about yourself that show that you are interested in and qualified for their opportunities (you’ll know about the opportunities since you’ve already done your research).

Third, ask for business cards! You will want to end the conversation by asking for a business card so you can then follow up to continue the conversation you started in person. It’s also helpful to find the person on LinkedIn and send a personalized connection request. Finally, send an email thanking them for their time at the Career Fair and attach an electronic copy of your resume to that email.

Following these tips will help to ensure that you have a SUccessful experience during our #SUCareerWeek events!

Sophomore Surge: Part 1!


By Christina Faulkner, Career Advisor, G ’16


Sophomores! Congrats on making it through your first year! Although you might be thinking graduation is far away, you’ve seen how fast the first year went. These next three years will fly by too and you might wonder, where’d all that time go? When you get to that point and cross the stage with degree in hand or pose with family in front of the big S, you’ll feel much more at ease if you’ve got a job or grad school waiting or know you’ve set yourself up well for post-graduate success.

*Hint to non-sophomores – you can do all of these things too. ;)

Here is a quick and easy list of things you can start doing NOW to prepare yourself for that day:


Volunteering can be one of the best ways to add experience to your repertoire or get your foot in the door. Find organizations that have values that align with yours or do something related to your career interests. Experience does not need to be paid to be valuable to a future employer. Check out idealist.org for opportunities or the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service.

Internships and Co-ops

Internships are great ways to gain experience and to better understand if a career or field might be a good fit for you. Internships can be for-credit, not-for-credit, paid or unpaid. You can complete an internship during the semester or over winter or summer breaks.

Part-Time Jobs

Develop customer service, IT, management, or many other skills here on campus or in the Syracuse area. Part-time jobs show you can prioritize and manage your time well.

Club/Organization Involvement (especially leadership positions)

Check out the list of Student Orgs to see the huge selection of ways to get involved on campus. Executive board or chair positions give you leadership experience and being a member shows interests outside of schoolwork.

Professional Associations

Students often receive discounted prices for association memberships, and you can sometimes attend conferences for free if you volunteer. Professional associations give you access to important people in your field as well as learning and scholarship opportunities. Some are listed on our website.

Undergraduate Research

Ask your professors about research you might be able to help out with. This experience can be extremely helpful if you’re interested in grad school, but looks great on a resume either way.

Enjoy your sophomore year and check back in a month for part two of the sophomore surge!


Fall 2014 Events and Programs

Welcome back to campus, #OrangeNation! While you have been away enjoying your summer and looking forward to returning to campus, we have been busy putting together programs and events for you. Here are a few workshops and programs taking place this fall:


  • Open House: Stop by to see the office, meet the staff, ask questions, or just cure your curiosity! (August 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 235 Schine)
  • Advice on the Quad: We’ll be on the quad with Dan Klamm of Syracuse University’s Lubin House in NYC a great time to learn about alumni networking opportunities and more. (September 2nd, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., the Quad)
  • Networking with LinkedIn: Learn about how you can fully utilize LinkedIn to develop an outline presence and connect with professionals and alumni in fields that interest you. (September 5th, 235 Schine, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Please RSVP in OrangeLink as space is limited.
  • Exploring Grad School: Featuring information on what to consider when exploring grad school, the application process, and how to research your options for the first hour. In addition, there will be a panel of current graduate students who can speak to their personal experience, struggles, and enjoyment of grad school as well as respond to YOUR questions in the second hour. There will be a brief 5 minute break between the two sessions. (Wednesday, September 10th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Bird Library).

Ongoing Workshops:

  • Resumes for Undergraduates and Masters Students: Take your resume to the next level with these half-hour sessions during lunchtime. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m., 235 Schine).
  • OrangeLink 101: Did you know that you can use OrangeLink for more than just job and internship searches? This workshop will teach you the basics of OrangeLink as well as some strategic tips and tricks to increase efficiency to leverage this system. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine).
  • Prepare for the Career Fair:  Get ready for the career fair by learning how the career fair works, what to wear, what to bring, how to approach potential employers, and how to navigate the fair. Ask questions and leave ready to take on the Career Fair! (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times, 235 Schine).

Get Hired

It’s also never too early to start preparing for #SUCareerWeek or #SUCareerFair!

  • Resumania:Friday, September 19th & 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 235 Schine Student Center
  • Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
  • iCareer Day: September 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hinds Hall
  • Career & Grad School Info Fair: Tuesday, September 30th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Carrier Dome
  • Diversity in the Workplace: September 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the Dome
  • Engineering Career Connections Fair: October 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
  • Whitman Career Fair: October 1, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
  • Law School Info Fair: Thursday, October 2rd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center

Keep an eye out for more information on these events and the others from our office. We look forward to seeing you in 235 Schine and around the campus this year!

Summer’s not quiet in Career Services!

By Magnolia Salas

Enjoy your summer Happy summer! Your dedication to your classwork, campus involvement, internship and work experiences, and long hours have paid off and now you get to enjoy a little relaxation. As you sink into the summer months, we wanted to reach out and let you know Career Services is still here. As you explore internships, co-ops, graduate school, and career possibilities, we are here to help you make sense of it all. We also wanted to let you know of a few events taking place this summer to keep on your radar.

Every summer, Syracuse University’s Alumni Association hosts SUccess in the City  networking events, which help current students, recent grads, and alumni to connect. They’re amazing opportunities to meet Syracuse University alumni who are established in their careers and are ready to help you meet your professional goals.

If you live in or near any of these cities, join us for conversation, new friends, and food:

Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
Washington, D.C.: June 4
NYC: June 23, 24, 25 (open to classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 due to space limitations)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: July 31
Chicago: Date to be determined

If you are in NYC this summer, keep an eye out on the professional events hosted at Lubin House. From apartment hunting help to resume writing to networking opportunities, there is a little something for everyone.

Apartment Hunting Tips: Google+ Hangout, May 21, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Resume Writing: May 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship: June 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In addition, it’s never too early to start thinking about participating in fall career week events from September 24 – October 2:

Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24, Panasci Lounge
Resumania: Friday, September 26, 235 Schine
iCareer Day: Monday, September 29, iSchool
Syracuse University Career & Graduate School Fair: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Diversity in the Workplace: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Engineering Career Connections Fair:
Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Whitman Career Fair: Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 2, Panasci Lounge

If the fall semester seems too far away, you can always reach out to us this summer to answer pressing questions or to prepare for next year. We are available all summer via phone, Skype, and in-person, both for our drop-in sessions and full hour-long appointments.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you in 235 Schine this fall!

If you’re a member of the Class of 2014, congratulations! If you have figured out your post-graduation plans, please share your good news with us by filling out this short survey.

MythBusters: Career Services Edition

By Danchen Zhou ’14, Career Services Intern

I recently saw a comment from a first-year student saying he was too nervous to go to the Career Services office. I’ve also heard a lot of students wondering what the office has to offer and how students and alumni can get help from the office. My internship at Career Services has allowed me to see how the office works, and here are just a few things I learned:

First of all, Career Services is always there for you. Whether you are nervous about an interview next week, you have trouble with your job search, or you are an experienced alumni considering whether to pursue an advanced degree, you are always welcome to come to us for the services we offer. You can always visit suite 235 in the Schine Student Center, call (315) 443-3616, or leave us a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us!

It is not just an office, but a hub for you. Our staff are passionate and professional and are here to offer students advice and instructions related to their careers. The passion can be seen through all the hand-written notes left by our students on each staff members’ shelves. The professionalism is evident because we have knowledgeable career consultants and dedicated communicators to connect students, alumni and employers. To familiarize yourself with our office before you stop by, get to know the staff.

You cannot directly find a job here, but they have the tools to help you get there. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” From self-positioning, to application material review, to interview techniques, at Career Services you will always get the help and mentorship that can have a lifelong benefit to your career. However, do not expect a job offer out of the office – you need to do the work too!  Be patient and build the door first.

Want to volunteer with Career Services? We are looking for students of all years to apply for our Student Ambassador Program to assist the office in different aspects. For more information, read our last blog post or go to OrangeLink and search for job number 61131.