Summer's not quiet in Career Services!

By Magnolia Salas

Enjoy your summer Happy summer! Your dedication to your classwork, campus involvement, internship and work experiences, and long hours have paid off and now you get to enjoy a little relaxation. As you sink into the summer months, we wanted to reach out and let you know Career Services is still here. As you explore internships, co-ops, graduate school, and career possibilities, we are here to help you make sense of it all. We also wanted to let you know of a few events taking place this summer to keep on your radar.

Every summer, Syracuse University’s Alumni Association hosts SUccess in the City  networking events, which help current students, recent grads, and alumni to connect. They’re amazing opportunities to meet Syracuse University alumni who are established in their careers and are ready to help you meet your professional goals.

If you live in or near any of these cities, join us for conversation, new friends, and food:

Philadelphia: May 29
Boston: June 3
Washington, D.C.: June 4
NYC: June 23, 24, 25 (open to classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 due to space limitations)
Atlanta: July 23
Miami: July 24
San Francisco: July 31
Chicago: Date to be determined

If you are in NYC this summer, keep an eye out on the professional events hosted at Lubin House. From apartment hunting help to resume writing to networking opportunities, there is a little something for everyone.

Apartment Hunting Tips: Google+ Hangout, May 21, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Resume Writing: May 28, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Making the Most of Your Summer Internship: June 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In addition, it’s never too early to start thinking about participating in fall career week events from September 24 – October 2:

Local Internship Fair: Wednesday, September 24, Panasci Lounge
Resumania: Friday, September 26, 235 Schine
iCareer Day: Monday, September 29, iSchool
Syracuse University Career & Graduate School Fair: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Diversity in the Workplace: Tuesday, September 30, The Dome
Engineering Career Connections Fair:
Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Whitman Career Fair: Wednesday, October 1, Goldstein Auditorium
Law School Information Fair: Thursday, October 2, Panasci Lounge

If the fall semester seems too far away, you can always reach out to us this summer to answer pressing questions or to prepare for next year. We are available all summer via phone, Skype, and in-person, both for our drop-in sessions and full hour-long appointments.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you in 235 Schine this fall!

If you’re a member of the Class of 2014, congratulations! If you have figured out your post-graduation plans, please share your good news with us by filling out this short survey.

The planning process: getting things ready for Spring 2012!

Happy 2012 to all! We’re back in the Career Services office and working hard to plan great events for the spring semester.

We have several new blog posts in the works; in them, you’ll be hearing from additional members of the Career Services team. They have a lot of expertise to share with you!

We’re most excited about the events we’re planning for this coming semester. Consider this post a “Save the Date” – and remember, this list is just a small sampling of what we have up our sleeves! Check our website and OrangeLink for details on times/locations for each event.

1/31 Four Steps to Sophomore Success!
Learn how to make your internship a success.  The conference, which is sponsored by General Electric and Career Services, will provide you with advice and teach you skills that every employer wants you to know. Expect snacks and prizes! Details in OrangeLink.

2/1 Senior Sessions: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Fairs, Oh My! 
Get your resume and cover letter ready for job applications and prepare for the Spring Career Expo. Register in OrangeLink.

2/8 Spring Career Expo (check out OrangeLink to see who’s registered!)
This is a smaller-scale version of the Fall Career Fair in the Carrier Dome. Head to Goldstein Auditorium in Schine and chat with employers who are looking to hire!

2/15 Senior Sessions: Shhhh! Job Searching Secrets
Get the scoop on finding a job in your chosen field through internet searches, in-person networking events, and picking up that phone to get yourself ahead. Register in OrangeLink.

2/21 Alumni Speaker Series Presents Microsoft’s Lan Luan, G ’04
SU alumna Lan Luan will visit and share her career story as part of National Engineers Week. Lan is Senior Product Manager focusing on International Marketing for Microsoft’s Bing.

2/22 Senior Sessions: #SocialMedia Networking
We’ll help you to create a LinkedIn profile, fix up the one you have, teach you the best ways to network using social media and discuss how to make that network work for your job search! Register in OrangeLink.

2/22 Nonprofit & Government Fair (check out Orangelink to see who’s registered!)
Interested in working for the government or with a non-profit? This is the career event for you!

3/9 – Big East Career Consortium at Madison Square Garden
Check out for more information on this event. Get your Spring Break started on the right foot!

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these great events!

Local Internship Fair brings 100+ employers to campus next week

by Dan Klamm
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Like many SU students, you might be thinking about pursuing an internship in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or even abroad, but have you ever considered taking an internship right here in Central New York?  Local employers LOVE to hire SU students for internships.  Next week, you will have an ideal opportunity to connect with these very employers at the Local Internship Fair.

Students at the 2010 Local Internship Fair

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under tents on the Syracuse University quad. More than 100 employers will be in attendance, including advertising agencies, media outlets, financial firms, non-profits, government organizations, hospitals, and start-ups. The full list of participating employers can be found here.

An internship is a great way to explore professional interests, gain hands-on experience, and bulk up your resume. In many cases, you can even receive academic credit for your internship experience!

Whether you’re interested in taking an internship during the academic year or you’re planning ahead for next summer, I encourage you to check out next week’s Local Internship Fair.

Jennifer Pluta, the event organizer, was kind enough to speak with me about the Local Internship Fair. Here’s what she had to say about why you should attend and how you can best prepare:

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!