career services

Reflections on Spring Break in the US Capital Region

By Vanessa Salman ’17

Vanessa Salman outside the White House
Vanessa Salman outside the White House

I vividly remember the December morning I received my acceptance into the 2015 Immersion Week Program, as if it were yesterday. My feet had just touched the snowy Syracuse ground after a 5-hour bus ride from New York City when I received the email from Tracy. As I read the words “CONGRATULATIONS,” I nearly tripped and fell on my face. I guess you could say I was ecstatic, although that is definitely an understatement. I am grateful and appreciative that my love for our nation’s capital shined and landed me a spot on this life-changing trip.

On our trip, we visited some pretty awesome places. Our week included visits at The Washington Post, National Geographic, The National Press Club, The Capitol, just to name a few. It’s still pretty surreal that we got to walk through the newsroom of WaPo where the Watergate Scandal broke. Oh yeah, and the FBI headquarters – totally got to be Derek Morgan for a day. It wasn’t just the places that were fascinating, but the alumni that we met at each location. Each place we went to, the alums recalled their years at Syracuse University and their journeys from the land of Orange to the workforce.

The one thing about D.C. that is so unique is there’s a piece of history on every corner. From the different monuments, to landmarks like Ford’s Theater, to the White House, there is a piece of American history everywhere you go; it’s inescapable (but like, the good kind).

Before going on this trip, I didn’t understand how united, kind, and truly supportive the Syracuse University alumni network is. I mean, we hear about it all the time; SU alumni have awesome jobs, connect with them! But this trip gives you the opportunity to do this in person, as opposed to on digital platforms like LinkedIn.

If you’re a sophomore, I strongly suggest you apply this year. Regardless of what college you’re in or what your interests are, this trip is a helpful learning experience. You will learn and grow so much over the span of just one week from improving on your interpersonal, networking, and team building skills. I saw so much growth in not only myself, but the group I traveled with as well quo.

Oh, and D.C. has AMAZING food. If you’re down to splurge, there’s Founding Farmers, which is an organic restaurant close to the Farragut West metro. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in luck because you can vote on the Georgetown Cupcakes vs Baked and Wired debate. I am totally Team Baked and Wired, just saying.

The application for the Immersion trip is open in OrangeLink through November 13. Career Services will host an information session on October 21 in 232 Schine from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide more information on the immersion experience.  For questions or more information, please contact Christina Faulkner at cafaulkn@syr.edu. All students who have sophomore standing in credits are encouraged to apply.

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!

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!

Summer in the City…the City of Syracuse, that is!

By Alyssa Austin ’13

During mid-semester last year, I decided to browse OrangeLink in an attempt to find possible internships for the summer. I filled out each selection box as specifically as I could and not before long, a unique looking name called “Terakeet” was presented as the best possible suggestion given my previous answers. A Search Engine Optimizing (SEO) Company located right in downtown Syracuse was looking for interns, and I wasted no time in sending an email to the person named, as well as a copy of my resume.  Short of two weeks, I received my first email response and after a few more email conversations and one in-person interview, I was awarded an intern position. Now I encourage every SU student to use OrangeLink to find internships and possible jobs for the future.

I’m not much of a “city-person,” so I was happy to find that downtown Syracuse is the perfect balance of bustling city life while maintaining intimate settings for hanging out with friends or grabbing lunch – something I did on a regular basis with other interns. Within our hour break, we got to see a lot of downtown Syracuse, relishing in our memories of being there during freshmen orientation. On more than one occasion I, as well as other interns, ran into Terakeet employees on the weekends, illustrating the intimacy one can achieve in the city. It was not only comforting to recognize other individuals, but an enjoyable experience.

Not only did my internship teach me the art of doing specialized research through social media, forms of professional writing and dynamic investigative reporting, but they also made the summer worthwhile and most importantly, taught me how to be successful after college in whatever I choose to pursue. Sometimes arriving early allowed me to talk with other employees about their experiences, for example, how they decided to enter the workforce over graduate school or how they simultaneously decided to do them both. I gained not only skills I will utilize in the workforce, but valuable advice on life after undergraduate studies and I have my internship to thank.

There are so many avenues to pursue while in college – it can be a tad overwhelming, but thankfully, we SU students have exceptional assistance at our disposal. I could not be more grateful for OrangeLink and Career Services.

Check out Mac Cummings, CEO of Terakeet, when he speaks at the Tech Garden on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00p.m.!

Job search advice: how many applications led to Microsoft

By Jeff D’Andria, G ’12

Jeff D’Andria, G ’12

Hi SU family! Here are a few nuggets of job hunt knowledge I picked up from being in the trenches myself for a few months. The following tips were instrumental in me landing a job with Microsoft as a University Recruiter. I really combed through my journey and came up with the things that not only helped me, but I believe will help you too!

  1. Get over your false confidence. I was so sure that my cover letter and resume were the bomb.com, so I was confused when I wasn’t getting any call backs. The most pivotal step in my job hunt was going to Career Services and getting all of my application materials looked over. After I got them checked, I suddenly had many interviews come my way. Get your stuff checked! I worked at Career Services for the two years I was in graduate school and still needed help. Tuck the ego aside and make an appointment.
  2. Keep applying, even when you’re interviewing. Remember, they’re considering many candidates. Even if you make it to a final round interview, chances are you’re contending with 3-4 other strong candidates. At this final round, you only have a 25% chance of being chosen as the best candidate. Bottom line: it’s too expensive to stop applying, so keep doing it until you have an offer in hand.
  3. Rules are meant to be broken. Since when does an M.S. in Counseling = a job at Microsoft? Worked for me. If you’re feeling like your major doesn’t line up with a job or internship you want, there’s hope. The education section on a one-page resume takes up maybe 10% of the visual space available. I’m a huge believer that the remaining 90% is what sets you apart and lands the interview. To make this theory work, you have to intern, volunteer, work, overall just DO pertinent things! If you are strategic enough, you don’t have to feel ruled out of opportunities because of your major.
  4. Get what you’re worth.  I knew I wanted to work at a high caliber organization and didn’t settle for anything less. Your first job affects the second job/salary you get, and the third and so on. It’s critical that you talk to people you trust (i.e. Career Services) to learn what your options are. Do not rush into a lesser opportunity for a reason like, “hey I’m lucky to get a job.” Know that you’ll have to start your job search early, roll with the punches for sure, but that’s part of the journey and if you stick with it, you’ll get what you’re worth. A YouTube video that illustrates this point: http://youtu.be/8xFEqdkO5UI
  5. Be graceful and grateful. When I accepted the job offer with Microsoft, I was in the interview process with two other organizations. I made sure to genuinely thank them for considering me and ensured that I would love to stay in touch. For one of the organizations, I even referred a friend for the opportunity and they proceeded to invite her on-site for an interview. If you think big picture for a moment, you’ll see that after your first job, you’ll move onto another opportunity. Be grateful and helpful to places you turn down because 1) it’s the right thing to do and 2) you don’t want to burn any bridges.

One of my favorite quotes that applies to the job search is: “Luck is the residue of design.” If you put in your due diligence, it’s only a matter of time before something awesome happens for you. Good luck and feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter, @jeffitout, if you have any questions.

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!

What to expect from Career Services this fall

Recruiting events…alumni speakers…special workshops…we’ve got a busy semester ahead at Career Services! Whether you’re a first-year student just getting your bearings on campus, an upperclassman preparing to depart for “the real world,” or an alum twenty years out of school, Career Services has something to offer you this fall.

Take a look at our event schedule to learn about all the events taking place this fall. We have a number of new employers planning to attend our Career Fair at the Carrier Dome on October 5, including Aeropostale, American Junior Golf Association, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Everyday Health, and Hershey! Other employers attending are from the finance, retail, IT, marketing, healthcare, communications, non-profit and government industries (just to name a few). There really is something for everyone!

We also have more than 100 organizations signed up to attend the Local Internship Fair on September 21 — an awesome event if you’re looking for an internship in the Syracuse area!

Our Graduate & Professional School Day and Law School Day on September 21 and September 22 will give you opportunities to connect with representatives from top graduate school programs. These events offer you the chance to ask questions, collect information, and gain insight into potential graduate programs of study.

The Alumni Speaker Series will bring a bunch of notable alumni back to campus to share their career journeys. Women’s empowerment and motivational coach Gabrielle Bernstein ’01 headlines the series with her speech on Wednesday, October 19. Other alumni guests will include Jason Yaley ’05 MPA ’06, who works for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as Mindy Stockfield, Vice President of Marketing and Digital Media at Hyperion. Stay tuned for more information on date/time/location of the speeches!

Career Services will also be going “on the road” once again, speaking about career development topics to numerous student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and residence hall floors throughout the semester. So far, we’re scheduled to give presentations to the National Association of Black Accountants, the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club, Phi Beta Sigma, and students participating in the Transfer Success Series. If you’re interested in having us speak to your group or classroom about resume writing, interviewing, networking, social media, or a variety of other topics, get in touch with Dan Klamm!

As always, we will continue to meet with students and alumni on a daily basis. Not only will we help with resume critiques and interview practice, we can help you explore broader career questions and we can help you make decisions about your future — selecting majors, deciding what to do next summer, or switching careers. To get started working with a career counselor, just stop by our office during our 15 Minute Drop-In Hours (listed on the front page of our website) or give us a call (315-443-3616).

Let us know if you have any questions about this fall’s Career Services happenings. We look forward to seeing you this semester!