Introducing #CuseCue on Instagram!

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By Kim Brown, ’06, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

Can you believe it’s been two years since we launched @WorkingOrange? It’s our Twitter account featuring guest alumni tweeters sharing details of their workdays and offering advice to students and fellow alumni. We’re having a lot of fun with @WorkingOrange and today, we’re excited to announce another way our students can connect with our awesome alumni – via Instagram!

We’re calling it #CuseCue. Why #CuseCue? A cue is, simply put, a signal for action. Syracuse University alumni know the actions they took towards achieving career/life success, and students can take their cues from fellow members of our Orange family. A #CuseCue might be advice on standing out in an interview, tips on paying back college loans, thoughts on what makes a rockstar intern, insight on the most fulfilling career paths, and so much more. The goal is to keep each #CuseCue to 140 characters or less. Short and sweet advice from alumni who are the best at sharing it!

STUDENTS, here’s what to do/expect:

  • Follow @CareerSU1 on Instagram
  • Every Friday, we’ll introduce you to a new SU grad and you’ll find his/her #CuseCue in the photo’s description.
  • We’ll tag his/her Instagram, so you can connect directly with the alum, if you’d like.

ALUMNI, are you willing to share a #CuseCue?

  • Follow @CareerSU1 on Instagram
  • Email Magnolia Salas (jmsalas@syr.edu), our awesome Communications and Marketing Coordinator, with the following information:
    • Your name, SU graduation year, job title and employer
    • Your Instagram handle (if you have one and wouldn’t mind us sharing it)
    • A photo you’d like us to use on our Instagram on the day we feature your #CuseCue. It can be a cool picture of your office, a headshot, a fun photo showing your Orange personality, your SU graduation picture, you name it. Be creative if you’d like!
    • And, of course, your #CuseCue. Try to keep your advice for students/fellow alumni to 140 characters or less.

That’s it! We are excited to feature our alumni in this new way and can’t wait to read the awesome advice in each #CuseCue.

GO ORANGE!

How to Research Companies for #SUCareerWeek

By Magnolia Salas ’12

Explore your options during Spring Career Week
Explore your options during Spring Career Week

Syracuse University Career Week is next week! Be sure to leave a good impression on recruiters by doing your research before you step foot in Goldstein Auditorium for any of the fairs.

No matter what fair you plan on attending, take a look at what companies will be on campus recruiting. Knowing what companies will be present will help you know which companies you want to approach.

Once you have your target companies, take a look at their available positions (you can do that right through OrangeLink by clicking on the company you’re interested in). We provide an overview of the company, their available positions, and even their website to help you prepare. Once you’ve figured out what positions they are hiring for and if those positions match your skills and interests, it’s time to dig a bit further into the company by:

Visiting their website
It’s a good idea to visit the company’s website and to get to know the culture of the company to know if it aligns with where you would like to work. Want more research ideas? Check out our researching companies’ page on our website. We provide links to Vault, WetFeet, and GlassDoor which can all aid in your getting a better understanding of a company.

Looking through their social media
You can get a good idea of their culture by reading their blog, as well as checking out their Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook pages. Not sure what to keep an eye out for? See what articles they post, if they provide any advice and insights into their company or their staff and what makes a good candidate. Sometimes companies even host Twitter chats where you can get even more insight.

Reaching out to alumni and contacts in the company
Feeling bold? If you know someone who works at the company of your choice or will be on campus recruiting, reach out to them and ask them some questions about the company to gain more insights. You can even do a LinkedIn search via the Alumni tool and research alumni who work in the industry or company, as well.

As you do your research, write down questions you have about the company, opportunity, or industry to ask the recruiter during the fair or in a follow-up e-mail. In addition, continue building rapport with a company by attending an information session if they host one.

Good luck with your research and we hope to see you at the Career Fair on February 3 taking place in Goldstein Auditorium (Schine) from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.!

Mark Your Calendars for Spring Career Week!

Syracuse University Career Week will take place February 2-5.

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!

Diversity in the Workplace: February 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine
Syracuse University Spring Career Fair: February 3, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
Engineering Career Connections Fair: February 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine
Whitman Spring Career Fair: February 4, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
iSchool iCareer Day: February 5, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine
Environmental Career Fair: (time and location TBD)
Nonprofit & Government Career Fair: February 27, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Panasci Lounge, Schine

Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you back on campus in 2015!

From Modern Presidency to Providing Presidential Protection

By Kim Brown, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

As a student at Syracuse University, Aaron Rittgers always looked forward to Modern Presidency class with Professor Margaret Susan Thompson. Little did he know that ten years later, he’d have a job that would give him a front row seat to the President of the United States, the Vice President, First Ladies, and other prominent world leaders.

Major Aaron Rittgers '03 speaks to Air Force ROTC cadets.
Major Aaron Rittgers ’03 speaks to Air Force ROTC cadets.

Rittgers is a Major in the United States Air Force. As a student at Syracuse University, he was in the Air Force ROTC. He graduated from SU in 2003 and is now Commander of the 811th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Andrews. What does that mean? His squadron is responsible for guarding Air Force One when it is on Andrews, for protecting Air Force Two all over the world, and for protecting the President, Vice President, First Lady, and other leaders while they are on Joint Base Andrews. That means Rittgers has some insider information on President Obama’s golf game! Andrews is one of the President’s favorite place to golf.

Major Rittgers visited campus at the end of October as part of the Alumni Speaker Series. He spoke to the Modern Presidency class, to the Air Force ROTC cadets, to a group of parents on campus for Family Weekend, and more. The timing of his trip also coincided with a visit from General Martin Dempsey, who awarded Major Rittgers with his Bronze Star Medal after a yearlong tour in Iraq. Rittgers has done seven tours and spent 1100 days in the Middle East!

Since Rittgers works so closely on protecting Air Force Two, he’s had several interactions with fellow Syracuse University alum Vice President Joe Biden. When asked about those interactions, Rittgers said that Biden is one of the most down-to-earth guys you could meet – and that the two enjoy chatting about ‘CUSE. Major Rittgers also told ROTC cadets how proud he is of them for choosing to join ROTC in a post-9/11 world.

It’s always an honor to welcome Syracuse University alumni back to campus to share their career stories, and we’re especially grateful to Major Rittgers for sharing so much of his time and talent with our students!

Meet Dan Olson-Bang, Associate Director, Graduate Student Services

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Meet Dan Olson-Bang!

Our new Associate Director just joined the office on Monday, November 3! We thought this would be a great time to introduce him to you, so we asked him to answer some questions about himself.

Slice of Advice: Tell us why you’re so excited to start working at Career Services/SU and/or why are you excited to be in Syracuse?
Dan Olson-Bang: One of the things that I look forward to in my role in Career Services is to meet with a wide variety of graduate students from across SU’s campus. I really like to hear about the kinds of projects that people are working on and to learn about different disciplines. My own interests run toward the eclectic (I really like to learn about the science of cooking and I enjoy biology, for instance), so I hope to learn some cool things from everyone! I also think I am going to learn quite a bit from everyone in the Career Services office, which is really exciting to me.

I also look forward to spending more time outdoors than I could where I used to live. Since I know about snowy Syracuse, I’m looking forward to learning how to ski. But I also like to camp and hike, which should be a bit easier than it was for me near New York City.

SOA: Tell us your favorite hobby.
DOB: Cycling. I love everything about bikes: I like to fix them, I like to have them, and I like to ride them. I particularly like old ones. I have a classic Italian racing bike from 1963 that I got at a garage sale that is my pride and joy (even if parts periodically fall off of it). I also follow professional racing like the Tour de France. My dream is to get a “snow bike” as they call them, which is a mountain bike with huge tires, to ride in Syracuse’s snowy winters!

SOA: Tell us an interesting fact or skill you have.
DOB: I was born in Germany. People always ask if I was an Army kid, since I came to America at 18 months, but my dad was an opera singer, singing in Germany and Austria. You could say that he is a recovering opera singer now. As for me, I play a few instruments myself (badly), and am a music lover like everyone else in my family.

SOA: I f you could have any superpower what would it be?
DOB: I can tell you what superpower I would like to have: speed! I love going fast on my bike, so it would always be great to go just a little faster. A more dubious superpower that I have been told that I have is an ability to spot grammatical errors at a hundred feet, a skill that I will hope to use with all those cover letters I’ll read in Career Services.

Sophomore Surge: Part 2!

By Christina Faulkner, Career Advisor, G’16

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Last month, we mentioned some options for gaining experience and exploring your interests to help prepare you for success. This month, we’ve got a few more tips to help you discover paths and lead you toward exciting experiences and post-graduate happiness:

Reflect on Strengths, Interests, Goals, and Values

Notice when you do particularly well in a class discussion, delegate tasks to team members, or any other natural talent you might have and write it down. Think about your goals and what type of environment you’d like to work in. This will help you be prepared to answer interview questions with confidence but will also make searching and deciding easier.

Job Shadowing

If you have a few different ideas about careers you’re interested in, consider job shadowing to learn more and to imagine yourself doing the job every day. Alumni can be great people to ask, or you can “virtually job shadow” an SU alum by following @workingorange on Twitter.

Career Conversations

Connect with family friends, alumni, or anyone who does something you have interest in. Ask them about their job and what they like and dislike about. The best perspectives usually come from someone who lives it. We can help you find people to chat with!

Establish Relationships with Faculty

Faculty are a great resource! Get to know them and their background, you can learn so much outside of the classroom from them too! Additionally, they might be willing to give you a reference or recommendation, proofread your resume, or refer you to a contact.

Attend Seminars on Campus

Keep an eye out for seminars, speakers, or events on campus where you can learn and network. Approach a speaker or presenter after to ask questions and learn more about your field. There are so many to choose from!

Mentor and be Mentored

Start mentoring freshman via fullCIRCLE or other mentoring programs and you can also be mentored by staff, faculty, alumni and employers in the area. Or find a mentor in the area after you connect with someone in a career conversation. Mentors can be caring and motivating and will tell us what we can improve on if they are a good match. Ask us how to develop a mentoring relationship organically.

Already doing all this? That’s awesome! Feel free to come in and chat with us for more ideas!

Starting your first-year career!

By Shannon Andre and Tracy Tillapaugh

Discover & Explore ... First-Year Career

Welcome to Syracuse University, class of 2018! We hope your transition to college has been fun, exciting, and full of new experiences so far. We know the term “career” may sound intimidating for some and it may be the last thing on your mind since you are just starting your college experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Essentially, exploring your future career starts now!  The decisions you make, the experiences you gain, and the people you connect with 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 discover 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. We are also hosting the following events to help you explore your first-year career:

True Colors Workshop – Tuesday, Oct. 21 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – 115 Hall of Languages *RSVP in OrangeLink required; must be present for entire session

  • Why attend?  True Colors is a FUN workshop that offers insight into your personality and 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
Last year’s Major Mixer & Panel

Major Mixer & Panel Discussion – Tuesday, Oct. 28 – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Career Services, 235 Schine *RSVP in OrangeLink appreciated as refreshments will be served

We hope to see you soon!

Orange Central: a phenomenal chance to meet alumni!

By Kim Brown ’06, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs

Have you heard? Orange Central is this week! Our Office of Alumni Relations welcomes everyone to celebrate their love of Orange – and with so many alumni visiting campus, it’s an incredible opportunity for students to make amazing career connections with alumni who want to help the next generation of Orange.

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So how can you take advantage of Orange Central as a student?

Check out the list of events – and sign up to attend them. Many Orange Central events are open to students. You’ll find the whole list here. Take some time to go through it. There is, without a doubt, something for everybody! You’ll even find some events, like Slice of Orange Days, Trivia Night, and Camp ‘Cuse, that are specifically for YOU!

Don’t be afraid to say hi. Most of our alumni will be checking in at the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center, which is right next door to Bird Library. If you’re leaving the library and see alumni mingling around GAFC, say hello! You never know who you’ll meet, and our alumni are always thrilled to have conversations with current students. They miss SU, and you offer them a chance to live vicariously. Tell them what you love about this special place!

Listen to Ruth Ross. Ruth graduated from Syracuse University and, after a very successful career in HR for top companies like Estee Lauder, Wells Fargo, and Charles Schwab, she’s now an author and speaker on the topic of employee engagement. What does that mean? It means finding a career you love, a job you feel passionate about that makes you want to go to work every day. Ruth is amazing, and she’s speaking to students and signing copies of her book at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 10. You don’t want to miss the chance to hear her advice!

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Offer help. For many of the alumni who come back for Orange Central, it’s been years since they were on the Syracuse University campus. Whitman is new. Ernie Davis is new. Dineen Hall is new. If you see folks looking lost, offer to help them find their way to a campus building. Again, you never know who you might meet!

Aspire to win an Arents Award. The George Arents Award is Syracuse University’s highest alumni honor, presented annually to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. Check out this year’s winners, who will be awarded at Orange Central 2014, and then chart your own path to becoming an Arents Award Winner!

Hope to see you at Orange Central 2014!

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!

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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:

Volunteer

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!