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Looking Ahead: Majors, Workshops, & Fairs

By Magnolia Salas

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Spring break is around the corner and we are sure you are looking forward to a week-long rest. But as you get ready to pause, don’t pause in your job or internship search. Take the time next week to build new relationships, discuss your career aspirations with friends and family and reflect on your career journey. In addition, mark your calendar with these events taking place in the coming weeks.

Major Dilemma 15 Minute Drop-Ins
March 24, March 25, March 26, & March 27, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 235 Schine
Not sure about your major? Come to us about choosing it, switching it, or what to do with it once you’re out of school!

Career Crash Course
March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 304ABC Schine
A one-day crash course on career essentials such as resumes, interviewing, networking, and job search resources. Workshops will be led by employers including GE, Macy’s, and JPMorgan Chase.  You can attend, one, multiple, or all sessions to gain knowledge about landing your next internship or full-time job. RSVP in OrangeLink.

SEC & ACC Virtual Career Fair
April 1 – 3, online via CareerEco
Attend this virtual career fair from anywhere and connect with more than 45 employers hiring in engineering, business, IT, sales, accounting, science, human resources, and many more. To RSVP and to view the full-time and internship opportunities and employers participating, please visit this link.

Keep an eye on your emails for updates on these events. Enjoy your spring break and we’ll see you back on the blog in two weeks!

Important 2014 Dates: Mark Your Career Calendars!

As the fall semester winds down and you’re getting ready to head home, we just wanted to wish you a great, well-deserved break and let you know that it’s never too early to begin preparing for the spring recruiting season.

Mark these dates in your calendars!

Internship Apply-A-Thon: January 25 – January 31 (apply via OrangeLink)
Resumania: January 31 & February 7, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 235 Schine
Syracuse University Spring Career Fair: February 11, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
Diversity in the Workplace: February 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine
Nonprofit & Government Career Fair: February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine

We look forward to having you back on campus in 2014!

…Career Fair is Coming

careerfairiscomingWith Career Fair at the Dome less than a week away, there’s only a little time left to get ready to impress the employers visiting campus!  Here are some quick tips to help you along the way:

1)      Have an up-to-date resume.

Remember that your resume is a marketing tool.  Most recruiters will spend less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume.  You’ll want to make a great impression!  Spend some time reviewing the Career Services Career Guide for all the basics of building a resume.  Make sure it’s free of grammar and spelling mistakes too!  Once it’s ready, have it reviewed by one of our career counselors during 15 minute drop-ins, or visit us during Resumania on Monday, September 30.  Employer experts will review resumes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

2)      Do your research.
One of the most frequent criticisms we hear from employers is that our students have not done their research when they approach the employer’s table.  Before you attend the Career Fair, it’s important to check out the employers visiting, the opportunities they have available, and to learn a little bit about the company.  Utilize resources like OrangeLink, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the company’s website to do the background research.  It will make you stand out!

3)      Practice your elevator pitch.
When you approach an employer, you’ll give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself, hand them your resume, and then have a few moments to explain why you are a great candidate for their position.  Be prepared to speak for 30 to 60 seconds about your qualifications, experiences, and goals as they relate to the position you are interested in (this is where that research is really important).  Don’t be afraid to write it down and practice!

4)      Dress for SUccess.
First impressions are key, which is why dressing the part is so important.  Make sure your clothes are ironed and appropriately cut.  Some suggestions for business dress include: dress pants, khakis, button-down shirts, collared shirts, suits, ties, skirts, and blouses.  Remember comfortable shoes too!  Check out Career Services’ Pinterest board for some examples.

If you need additional help preparing for the fair, Career Services is hosting a ‘Prepare for Career Fair’ workshop this week –  Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Learn how the Career Fair works, what to wear, what to bring, and how to approach employers.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 1st, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Dome for Career Fair!

New to SU? Get started on your first-year career!

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Employer Relations Coordinator

To the new members of the Orange family, Career Services welcomes you!

We know the term “career” may sound intimidating for some and it may be the last thing on your mind now that you are starting your college experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  Essentially, your career starts now!  The decisions you make, the experiences you gain, and the people you meet during your time here will all impact the next step in your journey after college…and Career Services is here to help!

At Career Services we want to help you early in your career development, and that can start as soon as you want it to.  If you are looking to learn more about yourself and your work style, explore options when choosing your academic major, build your first resume, or start your internship search, we encourage you to come visit us.FYC Final Flyer

 

We are also hosting the following events to get you started on your first-year career:
True Colors Workshop – Tuesday, Oct. 15 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – 500 Hall of Languages
*RSVP in OrangeLink required; must be present for entire session

  • Why attend?  True Colors offers insight into your communication style. Learning this early on in your career can help you understand the differences between others’ ways of communicating; ultimately leading to more meaningful professional and personal relationships. Great for working in teams, building leadership skills, and identifying preferred work environments.

Major Mixer & Panel Discussion – Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine
*RSVP in OrangeLink appreciated as refreshments will be served

  • Why attend?  Making that major decision can be tough. Hear from a panel of upperclassmen about their journey declaring majors, switching majors, picking up duals and minors, and facing pressure.

Resume Review Blitz Week – Monday, Nov. 4 – Friday, Nov. 8 – 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine
*RSVP required; space is limited per session

  • Why attend?  Not sure on where to get started with your resume? These sessions can help you get the process started and make it easier to edit your resume in the future.

In addition, for the next four Fridays, we invite new students to visit our office (and you’ll receive a flash drive!).

Career Services
235 Schine (down the hallway between Cash Ops and Box Office windows)
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you soon!

Fall 2013 Events

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 new programs and events for you. Here are a few snapshots of what you can expect this year!

Workshops:

  • Lunch Resume Series: 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)
  • Rethink OrangeLink: Making the Most of It: 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)

Workshops:

  • Considering Grad School: Learn more about the process of applying to graduate school, what to consider, resources to utilize, and how to make your graduate school application competitive in this two-part series. (Wednesday, September 11th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bird Library and September 18th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bird Library)
  • Senior Sessions:  For those seniors approaching graduation, these sessions are designed to help in your job/internship search. They will help you learn how to maximize your resume, ace your interviews, and utilize your social media skills to connect with opportunities. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times and to RSVP)
  • Business Smarts for Sciences and Arts: Interested in learning more about certain business related fields? These presentations bring the experts to you so you can follow a business career regardless of your major. (Check OrangeLink via MySlice for dates and times and to RSVP)

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

  • Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 18th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Panasci Lounge
  • Resumania: Monday, September 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 235 Schine
  • Career Fair: Tuesday, October 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Carrier Dome
  • Grad School Information Fair: Wednesday, October 2nd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge
  • Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 3rd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge

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!

#LifeAfterSU with Caitlyn Ferber

Otto & Caitlyn!

Our #LifeAfterSU series continues with School of Education alumna Caitlyn Ferber!

1) Name, Major:  Caitlyn Ferber ’13; Majors: Selected Studies in Education and Sociology; Minor: Disability Studies

2) What are you doing after graduation?  I will be participating in the Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residents (SUITR) program at SU! Through the SUITR program I will be pursuing a master’s degree in inclusive special education (7-12) and working in the Syracuse City School District.

3) What tip do you have for those going to graduate school/finding employment?  The best piece of advice I have for anyone about to graduate is to take time and think about your long-term goals. It is a daunting task but it will make the process of applying to graduate schools and jobs easier. Another important thing to do is to be open to the idea of taking different paths to reach your goals, as flexibility is a very important skill in the workplace.  I would also encourage you to network with your professors and peers. Networking is a great way to meet new people and a wonderful opportunity to hear new ideas/opinions that may influence you.

4) How did Career Services help you? (Or, what tips would you give to others on using Career Services?)  I first visited Career Services my junior year, but I wish I had realized sooner just how many different services the office offers. These services range from advice on choosing a major to helping with the job search process. When I first met with Tracy in Career Services I had no idea how to approach my graduate school search. Career Services helped me through the whole process from personal statements to final decisions. Throughout my junior and senior year, I also attended Career Services’ events such as drop-in hours, the career fair, graduate school fair, LinkedIn workshop and more. I would advise you to start using the resources that Career Services offers as soon as possible!

Good luck at SUITR Caitlyn, and thanks for sharing your post-grad plans with us!

Stay tuned for more #LifeAfterSU stories!

 

Just Keep Swimming!

By Shannon Feeney Andre, Employer Relations Coordinator

For the seniors wondering “what’s next;” for the juniors needing internships; for the first-year and sophomore students just starting out – have no fear, Career Services is here!  With three-and-a-half weeks left until the spring semester ends, there is still time to figure out what to do this summer.  Our office offers a variety of services to help students with their career development from the basics like resume writing to more in-depth conversations about your major.  If you aren’t sure what to do next, here are some tips to get you started:

Resume Help

  • Drop-in hours are a great opportunity for you to have that extra set of eyes review your resume.  These fifteen minute sessions allow you to ask the important questions and assure you that your resume is ready to go.  Check out our drop-in hours on the Career Services’ homepage.
  • Career Guides offer a full range of advice on everything career-related; however, if you’re just starting out, the section on resume writing is great place to find the main components.  We even produce three editions based on your class level: Freshman/Sophomore, Junior/Senior, and Master’s.

Job/Internship Search Resources

  • OrangeLink is the online job and internship board managed by Career Services.  All students have access to the postings on this site.  It’s easy to get started – just log into MySlice and under the ‘Career Services’ header, click on the link to OrangeLink.  If you’re an alumnus needing access, contact our Help Desk at 315.443.9093.
  • Indeed.com is a Meta search engine that allows you to look for positions based on keywords and location.  It’s a great place to start looking for jobs and internships since it gives you the ability to pull positions off multiple websites.

Counseling Sessions

  • Career counselors are here to help if you’re feeling a bit lost too.  If you’re wondering about what major to pursue, what career path is right for you, or where your interests lie, we’re happy to help.  To schedule an hour-long appointment with one of our career counselors, give us a call at 315.443.3616.

If you’re thinking you may need help in a variety of areas – resume writing, interviewing, networking, and personal branding – check out the Career Crash Course on Friday, April

The Career Crash Course is a one-day event featuring employer instructors leading workshops on career essentials.
The Career Crash Course is a one-day event featuring employer instructors leading workshops on career essentials.

5th!  Employers will lead sessions on the basics of your career search in this one-day event.  Participating employers include General Electric, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Northwestern Mutual, PepsiCo, and Teach for America.   Students interested in participating should sign up in Career Services (235 Schine) by 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"Should I Go To Grad School?"

By Alaina Spadaro, G’14
Graduate Assistant, Career Services

Graduate Assistant
Alaina is the graduate assistant in Career Services. In this post, she shares some thoughts and resources about pursuing a graduate degree program.

To Go or Not to Go?
Wondering about graduate school? Well, “Should I go to graduate school?” is a common question we hear in Career Services and one that I am familiar with personally. When I was in my senior year of undergrad, I didn’t know whether or not I wanted to pursue a degree past my B.A. and if so, what program of study I should choose.  I knew how much effort it would take to apply and had to decide quickly. Time limitations, financial concerns, and family pressures combined to make my graduate school decision complex. The choice to go or not to go is unique for every individual and situation.

I would not recommend graduate school to someone who is unclear about his or her career path. There’s a lot of emphasis in today’s economy on continuing your education. However, without a specific career goal in mind or without being ready, the pressure of graduate studies could become too much. Personally, I needed to be certain that I really wanted the job opportunities that would be available when I finish my graduate degree. Otherwise, I don’t know if I would have the motivation and willpower to complete the demanding program.

Identify Your Career Path
In my opinion, the most important aspect of deciding whether you should go to graduate school is to identify your career path. There are many different fields and industries to consider and you want to make the best decision for you and what you want out of life. It might sound cheesy, but knowing your “work self” is pivotal to finding a rewarding employment opportunity down the road. Your work self is a term we use to help students define their unique capabilities, interests, and values impacting their career decisions. Many undergraduates don’t get the opportunity to think about what they value in a career, whether it’s work-life balance, organizational structure, or workplace culture. If you don’t know your work self very well, I’d say that work experience trumps education.

NOTE: You don’t have to go graduate school right after undergraduate studies. Many have successfully completed graduate degrees both during and after obtaining some work experience.  Often, work experience shows you what it’s really like in your field of interest and what kind of education is required to advance. 

The Application Process
Once you identify your career path and realize an advanced degree is the appropriate next step, prepare to apply (and that can be daunting).  I have to be honest…the application process takes much more time than you anticipate. If you’re considering graduate school the fall of your senior year, then you better hustle to get your applications together for the following fall. Often, application deadlines are in January and February.  Not to mention, many graduate schools and programs require a standardized test (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT). Below are some resources that I’ve compiled to help you along the way.

Some useful links when considering graduate programs:

Below are links to the main pages for graduate school exams:

You’re Not in This Alone
There’s no way that I could address all the concerns and questions you, as an individual, have about the application process or grad school. I hope, however, that you realize that you don’t have to navigate the question: “Should I go to grad school?” on your own.

For more advice on the many aspects of the graduate school application process, please come to Career Services to speak with a counselor. We would be happy to discuss your decision with you or answer any question you might have along the way.  Just call 443-3616 to set up an appointment or stop by the office at 235 Schine Student Center during Drop-ins.

Our counselors can help you:

  • Clarify whether you should pursue a master’s degree or a PhD
  • Research graduate schools and programs
  • Develop a strategy for the application process
  • Fine-tune your personal statement
  • Revise your resume for graduate school
  • Practice for your graduate school interview
  • Understand what a GA/TA/RA is and how to apply

Best of luck with your decision! And please let us know if we can help.

Career Resources Series: Use Vault.com to Score Points with Employers

By Chuck Reutlinger, Associate Director, Career Services

“Why are you interested in us? What do you know about us? Why are you interested in this position and this career path? What are your strengths? Where do you see yourself in the future?”

Employers ask questions like these to see how much you really know about their organizations, their products or services, their work cultures, and, of course, the actual tasks, challenges and preferred qualifications of a specific job. Why? They are trying to identify that candidate who has an accurate grasp of the realities of working in a specific role; is confident that their knowledge, skills and attitude can produce desired outcomes; whose personality and work style will fit easily into their work culture; and who will be energized by the work they do now and in the future. This will be the candidate with whom they will want to form a relationship and to whom they will gladly make an offer.

VaultIn order to properly impress an employer, motivated job seekers have come to depend on a number of resources that capture and publish information on industries, employers, specific careers, and the tactics that employers use to evaluate candidates in the various stages of consideration.  Foremost among these resources is Vault.com.  Through its various profiles and lengthy guides, Vault provides the kind of information that networkers, cover letter writers and interviewees can use to compete successfully for an offer of a job or an internship. Familiarity with such information has become an employer’s expectation of their best candidates.

For the general public visiting Vault’s web site, some information is presented free of charge but most of the truly valuable information carries a cost.  Fortunately for students, Vault makes arrangements for colleges and universities to pay an annual fee that affords their students access to a great deal more crucial insider information on industries, careers, employer cultures, preferred qualifications, interviewing styles and formats, and much more. Syracuse has such an arrangement whereby students can log on to Vault through a Syracuse portal, set up their own accounts on Vault, and use the resources without the restrictions that non-Syracuse users would encounter.

Access Vault via the Syracuse University portal and create your account using your @syr.edu email address.

Counselors at SU Career Services can help students to grasp how Vault information can help them.  Resources similar to Vault include Wet Feet and Glass Door although SU does not currently have specific arrangements for student usage.

Prepare for the Fair! (Career Fair, that is…)

By Shannon Andre, Employer Relations Coordinator

With the Spring Career Fair less than a week away, there’s only a little time left to get ready to impress the employers visiting campus!  Here are some quick tips to help you along the way:

1)      Have an up-to-date resume.

Even Otto has a resume!
Even Otto has a resume!

Remember that your resume is a marketing tool.  Most recruiters will spend less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume.  You’ll want to make a great impression!  Spend some time reviewing the Career Services Career Guide for all the basics of building a resume.  Make sure it’s free of grammar and spelling mistakes too!  Once it’s ready, have it reviewed by one of our career counselors during 15 minute drop-ins, or visit us during Resumania on Monday, February 4.  Employer experts will review resumes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

2)      Do your research.
One of the most frequent criticisms we hear from employers is that our students have not done their research when they approach the employer’s table.  Before you attend the Career Fair, it’s important to check out the employers visiting, the opportunities they have available, and to learn a little bit about the company.  Utilize resources like OrangeLink, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the company’s website to do the background research.  It will make you stand out!

3)      Practice your elevator pitch.
When you approach an employer, you’ll give them a firm handshake, introduce yourself, hand them your resume, and then have a few moments to explain why you are a great candidate for their position.  Be prepared to speak for 30 to 60 seconds about your qualifications, experiences, and goals as they relate to the position you are interested in (this is where that research is really important).  Don’t be afraid to write it down and practice!

4)      Dress for SUccess.
First impressions are key, which is why dressing the part is so important.  Make sure your clothes are ironed and appropriately cut.  Some suggestions for business dress include: dress pants, khakis, button-down shirts, collared shirts, suits, ties, skirts, and blouses.  Remember comfortable shoes too!  Check out Career Services’ Pinterest board for some examples.

If you need additional help preparing for the fair, Career Services is hosting two workshops this week – Wednesday, January 30 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and Friday, February 1 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Learn how the Career Fair works, what to wear, what to bring, and how to approach employers.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, February 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Flanagan Gymnasium for the Spring Career Fair!