Spring Break

Spring Break: use it to spring ahead on your job search!

By Kim Brown, Career Services’ Assistant Director, Alumni Programs

Spring Break has arrived! While we’d all love to escape to sandy beaches and sunshine, this week is actually the perfect time to take some significant steps ahead when it comes to your career. Here are a few ways to do that!

Informational Interviews (but you don’t need to call them that…)
Use this week to be productive! Hopefully you’re familiar with LinkedIn and our ‘CuseConnect group. In that group, you can reach out to alumni who, by joining the group, have indicated that they are willing to help you with job search questions and career advice. Identify some alumni you’d like to learn from and don’t hesitate to reach out to them with questions. You can even arrange to meet for a cup of coffee or a brief meeting at their offices during Spring Break.

You may hear these meetings referred to as “informational interviews.” Personally, I’m not a fan of that term. Consider them friendly chats! They offer you a chance to get to know our alumni and the various career paths they’ve followed. Ask questions about how they got where they are today. It can feel a bit intimidating, but just know that your alumni love SU as much as you do and will very likely be willing to help. Remember, too, that these chats don’t NEED to be limited to SU alumni. Meet with friends of your parents, former internship supervisors, etc. The more people you know, the better off you’ll be when it comes to landing your internship or job.

For some advice about the best ways to connect with alumni on LinkedIn, check out this fantastic blog post by Lindsey Pollak.

BigEastHave you heard about the Big East Career Fair?
Nearly 100 companies are registered for the Big East Career Fair, which takes place during Spring Break! While we’re still part of the Big East, Syracuse University students and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who? Employers registered to attend include SONY Music Entertainment, GEICO, Federal Reserve Board, Abercrombie & Fitch, Oracle, First Investors Corporation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and many more!
What? The Big East Career Fair!
Where? Madison Square Garden, New York
When? Friday, March 15, 2012, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why? Well…that goes without saying – to land a job and/or internship, of course!
How? To register go to http://www.bigeastcareerfair.org

For more information, to see the full list of companies, and to register for the fair, visit: http://www.bigeastcareerfair.org/

Remember, too, that our office is open during Spring Break and is generally VERY quiet. If you’re staying in Syracuse, break week is the best time to secure an appointment with one of our staff members. Just give the office a call at 315-443-3616.

Spring Break Tips

Stop and smell the flowers AFTER following up on this advice!

By Jeff D’Andria, Graduate Assistant

At Career Services, we understand the importance of resting up during spring break, but here are a few small things you can do to make a gigantic impact on your future. After all, your future doesn’t take breaks.

Your spring break to do’s:

  1. Add one new person to your network. The best tool for researching and contacting persons of interest is LinkedIn. Check out two groups on LinkedIn: ‘Cuse Connect and the Syracuse University Alumni Network. Once you’re accepted to these groups, click on the “members” tab and identify people you’d like to contact for an informational interview. Outside of those two groups, you can utilize the “advanced” search function to find people that went to S.U. and  currently work at the companies you’re interested in. Reach out!
  2. Reconnect with one person in your network. After you make contacts, it’s important to keep in touch. Send an email to catch up by asking what they’ve been up to and be sure to inform them of your latest updates. There’s a big difference between being in touch three times a year vs. once a year. You don’t want to be “that person” asking for a favor after being completely out of touch. Check in!
  3. Apply to one position. If you’re graduating this May and looking for a job or simply need a summer internship, the time to apply is now. For the job search, check out indeed.com and many other job search engines on our website. For you internship seekers, NYJobsource lists companies and organizations to intern with in New York City. Here are a number of other internship sources on our website. And no matter what, remember to customize your resume and cover letter to the positions you’re applying for each time you apply.

After completing these to do’s you’ll have made one new contact, reconnected with another and applied to one dream opportunity. Get these things done and you’ll be way ahead of your competition that snoozed during the break.

We’ll be in the office over Spring Break so stop in if we can help! Drop Ins are Monday – Friday from 1-2:30pm and appointments are still available.