Improving Your Students’ Experience
Career Services collaborates with faculty and staff to support the career development of students and alumni in several ways. We rely on your support, assistance, and referrals as students explore their career goals.
We’re also here to help you—with employment trends and statistics, class presentations, or revising your curriculum vitae.
We tailor our career-exploration presentations tailored to your students’ majors. Your students will learn about the variety of career options for their major and review strategies for a successful job search in their chosen area or industry. These presentations are best suited to classrooms with a majority of students in the same major.
Choosing a Major
This presentation helps students learn more about themselves to help them determine what major—and potential career—best suits them.
Graduate school presentations cover researching schools and programs, determining graduate school and program fit, admissions exams, application procedures and tips, and financial assistance available in graduate school.
Students will learn about the different types of interviews, how to prepare for them, dos and don’ts during the interview, and how to answer various types of questions. Information about illegal questions, what to ask an interviewer, and guidelines for following up will also be covered.
Job Searching and Handshake
Our job-search presentations give students an overview of critical areas of the job-search process and how to become proactive. This presentation also explains the benefits of using Handshake, our free online job-posting system for students and alumni.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Students will learn the fundamentals of networking—including tips, techniques, and etiquette to make their networking more effective.
Online Social Networking, Web 2.0
In a digital world, the lines between personal and professional appearances are blurred. This presentation covers the use of various social networking tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) to create a positive presence online and impress potential employers.
Overview of Career Services
Our overview presentation exposes students to the variety of services available through our office. We cover where to find pertinent information on our website, our events, initiatives that support students and help them prepare for a career, and other free resources. Every student will receive a career guide and information on Handshake, drop-in hours, and how to schedule an appointment. This is a great presentation for classrooms with a large proportion of freshmen and sophomores.
Résumé and Cover-Letter Writing
This presentation aids students in writing a professional cover letter and shares tips on how to get their résumé noticed by employers. They’ll learn what to include in a résumé and how to highlight their education and work experience. Every student will receive a career guide and information on Handshake, drop-in hours, and how to schedule an appointment. This is a great presentation for classrooms with a large proportion of freshmen and sophomores.
Coordinators of National Student Exchange and Study Abroad will tailor a presentation to your curriculum about options and procedures for participating on a study-away program—around the United States or around the world. We’ll give an overview of the benefits, financial aid options, and programs, personalized to your class.
Transitioning Out of College
This presentation provides insight on the differences between being an employee and a student, evaluating a job offer, how to maintain a job, budgeting, and investing for the future.
Guidelines for Providing References
Students often ask faculty and staff to serve as references when seeking employment. Depending on the nature of your relationship, you could serve as an academic, employment, or character reference—or all three.
Here are some reliable guidelines to help you craft good reference letters:
- Provide a written reference only if a student has given your name as such.
- Be factual; do not editorialize; avoid vague statements.
- Respond to the specific inquiry about the student or job applicant; direct the response to the particular person who requested the information.
- If a “to whom it may concern” reference letter is requested, document that this is the type of reference requested and that the student or job applicant takes responsibility for disseminating the letter to the proper persons.
- Relate references to the specific position for which the person applied and the work that the applicant will perform.
- A good practice is to avoid giving personal opinions or feelings; if subjective statements or opinions are requested, clearly identify them as opinions and not as fact and explain how you came to that opinion.
- Be able to document all information you release.
- State in the reference letter, “This information is confidential, should be treated as such, and is provided at the request of [name of student or applicant], who has asked me to serve as a reference”; statements such as this give justification for the communication and leave no doubt that the information was not given to hurt a person’s reputation.
- Do not include information that might indicate the individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, sex (unless it is obvious by the individual’s name), or marital status.
Here are some reliable guidelines to help you provide good verbal references:
- Do not disclose information regarding a student’s education record without the written consent of the student.
- Avoid informal lunch discussions or off-the-record telephone conversations with prospective employers regarding a student’s performance unless the student is aware of and has approved such discussions.
- Information given should be factual, based upon personal knowledge or observation of the student through direct contact with the student.
- If any employer contacts you and advises that a student has given permission for you to give a verbal reference, verify this with the student before giving any information to the employer; verification can include a copy of the student’s signed employment application listing you as a reference or a verbal confirmation by the student, followed by written confirmation.
- In addition, those giving verbal references should follow the above Written Reference guidelines (excluding the first and the fourth).