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.!

How I Met My Major: Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Major

By Christina Faulkner, G’16

I’m going to tell you an incredible story, the story of how I met my major. It was the year 2014 and I had tried biology, marketing, and sociology, but none seemed like the right fit. A career counselor encouraged me to consider the following three questions on my quest toward choosing a major:

interestsWhat interests me?

I considered this question and wrote down a list of my interests. It also helped to write down what I didn’t enjoy.

Looking at the list of majors on the website, I found many options that would complement my interests! Some of the majors that caught my eye were anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, fashion design, graphic design, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric. I contemplated my options and considered the courses required of each major and whether they appealed to me.

I decided to explore a few different options by taking classes in different programs. I really enjoyed my modern Spanish art and leveraging emerging technologies classes, but not my communications and society class.

What am I good at?

Although I thought graphic design or fashion design would be interesting, I was never very good at drawing beyond stick figures and you need a portfolio to apply for those programs. I considered some of my other strengths like writing, speaking Spanish and technology and realized that anthropology, citizenship & civic engagement, information management & technology, modern foreign language, public relations, and writing & rhetoric majors could still be a good fit!

What are my goals and how does this major fit with them?

I had always imagined myself living in a big city after graduation and/or traveling around the world on occasion. I preferred to work for a nonprofit organization or small start-up company because of the culture and environment those types of organizations offer. I looked at the Placement Report to see what students in a few different majors have done after graduation and thought that some of the information management & technology and public relations grads were doing cool jobs related to my goals. Really, I had many options, but after a few semesters of experimenting with different classes in different majors, there was one that really stood out…it’s going to be legend-wait for it…dary!

Now, remember that everyone is different and although these questions are a great starting point, meeting with a career counselor can be helpful for generating ideas, sorting through the options, and finding resources to research different paths.


While you can discuss your major at any time, next week Career Services offers Major Dilemma Drop-Ins dedicated to students who are in the process of a choosing a major! Stop by Schine 235 Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to meet with a career counselor about YOUR major match!

Tips for Choosing a Major from SU Students

Compiled by Tracy Tillapaugh and Shannon Andre, ’09

Major Mixer Panel & Discussion
– Students in 235 Schine during the Major Mixer & Panel

During our Major Mixer event on Wednesday, October 23, we heard many great tips about how students chose their major here at Syracuse University.

Here are six tips that may help you as you determine your academic major:

  1. Take some courses and see if you can picture yourself in the field. You really never know if you’ll like a particular field until you try it!
  2. Sometimes experience can help you decide what you DON’T want to do. One student interned at a company and realized that the field wasn’t for him.
  3. Major doesn’t always equal your career. For example, you can major in psychology but work in marketing or human resources. There are multiple paths for every career.
  4. Get involved on campus in clubs, academic programs (such as McNair Scholars), organizations or with an on-campus job. You don’t have to wait to have an internship to get experience.
  5. A word of caution: don’t just live your major 24/7, make sure to try out other things that interest you that aren’t 100% relevant to your major.
  6. Sometimes you know what you want to do from a young age, it’s okay to be happy and assertive in that decision.

For help with deciding on a major, check out the career research resources on our website!

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!

Scary career-related stories…just in time for Halloween!

Compiled by Tracy Tillapaugh

In honor of all things scary and spooky, we collected some stories and anecdotes related to the job searching process from our colleagues. We’ve changed a few identifying characteristics and posted them below!

  • The office dog…and the pre-interview allergy attack: I work in a small, laid-back office of 8 to 12 people and an office dog. Well, last year this woman was interviewing in our office around lunchtime, and she ended up having to wait a while as a partner had not returned from a meeting. While she was waiting, we invited her to sit down and chat while we ate lunch. Well, in the midst of a lovely conversation, someone threw the office dog’s ball into the room where we were eating (she did not yet know we had an office dog) and he came charging toward her feet. Her face went bright red with fear as the dog pranced back out of the room with his ball. Thinking she was just startled, I said, “oh that’s Oscar, our office dog. Probably one of the best parts of working here… everybody loves him.” To which she replied, “I am deathly allergic to dogs.” Moments later, the partner entered and asked her to come into their office to interview…I felt so sorry for her. No matter how good your portfolio is, you don’t want to come between an office and its cute cuddly office dog!
  • Leave the “hey” (hay) to the horses, not networking e-mails! © AP

    Hey” (hay) is for horses…not networking e-mails: A student was sending a networking email, but instead of sending individual emails (which is the right thing to do), the student included ALL of the email addresses (25 of them) in the “To” line and started the email with “Hey guys.”

  • Your ringback tone? Probably not music to a recruiter’s ears: A recruiter came down with food poisoning and wasn’t able to conduct student interviews (that’s not the scary part!).  He was so sick he couldn’t even call to let them know and asked if I could relay the message.  When I called a male student, the voice mail message consisted of inappropriate music with two girls giving his voice mail message… inappropriately.

Wishing all of you a safe and happy Halloween that’s free of scary stories – career and otherwise!