Career Services and YOU: A Welcome Desk Perspective

By Carol Hornstein

Carol Hornstein

Carol Hornstein’s friendly face greets all visitors to the Career Services office in Schine 235. In this blog post, she offers her perspective on all that our office offers!

C   Career Services: first things first, don’t feel confused! We’re here to help you.

O   Online resources – our website has so much information! Click on each population for specific services such as undergraduate, graduate or alumni. Our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages all offer different types of information that can be accessed from our home page.

N   Notice that our office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. when classes are in session and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the summer. We’re open year-round, with the exception of a few holidays and the last week of December! You can have an hour-long appointment with a career counselor in person, over the phone or via Skype. No matter where you are in the world, you can reach us!

F   Fifteen-minute drop-ins happen Monday and Tuesday 12-2:30 p.m., Wednesday 3-5:30 p.m., and Thursday 2-4:30 p.m. when classes are in session. These are short sessions for quick questions. Consider drop-ins the launching pad for a longer appointment to discuss your resume and cover letter, or more. They take place on a first-come, first-served basis, and we always have two counselors available to meet with you.

U   Understand that your appointment with the career counselor can be just a chat to get things figured out and throw around some ideas OR it can be a strategic planning session where you learn how to equip yourself in order to execute your specific goals.

S   SUccessful strategies: landing that dream job often happens through networking, building a strong social media presence, thanking those who helped you (with a handwritten note!), researching your future employer, and doing informational interviews – in addition to having the proper credentials and documentation. We can help you to learn more about executing each of these strategies.

I   IT’S ABOUT YOU! We want to hear you talk about your dreams, passions, goals and desires. We want what is best for you and we will help you when you need us. We are here for you FOREVER, even if you graduated 30 years ago (or before or after then!).

N   Never think we can’t help you. Did you know that SU alumni love to help students and fellow alumni? You have so many ways to connect with resources that are just a phone call away: 315-443-3616.

G   Get started by calling us or visiting us in Schine 235. We are here to help you. Most of the people who come to our office don’t know what they want until we start asking them a few opening questions. Let us give you the tools you didn’t know you needed. Let’s change confusion to clarity!

The 5W’s of SU Career Services: What YOU Can Expect

Carol Hornstein's friendly face will greet you when you visit our office!

By Carol Hornstein



  1. Where? Schine Student Center, Suite 235. Please visit us early in your college career and often!
  2. What? We have a seating area in front of our welcome desk with a reference library, computer cluster, a variety of guides, magazines and pamphlets for you to take, as well as an exhaustive website.
  3. Who? Expect to be greeted by our friendly reception staff. We will always ask, “How can we help you today?”
  4. Why?The help we offer takes many different forms. Here’s why you should consider stopping in:
    • Critique of the following: Resume, cover letter, personal statement, CV, portfolio and LinkedIn profile.
    • Interviewing: Strategic preparation, coaching for commonly asked questions, mock interviews (calm those nerves with practice)!
    • Networking: How it’s done, social media presence, connecting with alumni thru ‘CuseConnect, relationship building, researching your future employer – since they will be researching you!
    • Career ExplorationConnecting to resources to help you with the next step after college and taking assessments to help you understand your personal strengths in relation to career options.
    • Job and Internship Searching and Applying: What are the latest techniques? What is OrangeLink? Learn about search engines and the online process of applying to jobs.
    • Major, Grad School, PhD, and Academic Advising:  Need help with deciding your major? Do you want to go to grad school? Why? Are you ready? Where should you apply? We can assist PhD students in the academic job search as well.
    • Events:  Career Fairs, SUccess in the City, Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Etiquette Dinners – visit OrangeLink for a list of upcoming events (access it through MySlice).
  5. When? We can HELP:
    1. Hour-long appointments: can be made with our career counseling staff. Call 315-443-3616, from 8:30-5:00pm. These appointments can take place in person or over the phone or even with Skype!
    2. Thirty minute appointments: can be made with internship coordinators and our alumni programs coordinator. These appointments can also be in person or over the phone or even with Skype!
    3. 15 Minute Drop-Ins: are offered daily (hours posted on our website) and available on a first-come-first-served basis where you can meet with a counselor for a 15-minute session.