Our professional staff members can assist you with career and graduate school advising, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing and networking techniques, and job search strategies. Appointments can be in person in The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning in Trinity Hall or can be conducted via skype or phone. To request an appointment, call 781-3514 or complete the online form.
Assessments are available to help you hone in on careers that align with your skills, values, and interests.
The Strong Interest Inventory® can help you discover your interests and explore activities, majors and career that match with you passions.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)® is a personality inventory that allows you to gain insight into your interests and personal style. It helps you understand your natural preferences, motivations and potential areas for growth. It also aids in understanding others, particularly those with different types.
If you are interested in taking the Strong Interest Inventory or MBTI, please call our office at (315) 781-3514 or complete the online form to schedule an appointment.
FREE Online Career Assessments
Additional Worksheets to help identify your interests, skills, and values:
Networking is developing relationships with professionals for the purpose of career exploration. It involves asking for career advice and information about one’s job, employer, and industry. Networking can either be spontaneous or structured. Informal networking can occur at sporting events, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Reunions, holiday parties, on vacations, or while visiting friends and relatives. A more formal way to network is through Informational Interviews or Job shadowing. These are structured, set up in advance, conversations with people in a career field of interest to you. Networking is not just about asking for help, but also agreeing to be helpful in return. Building and cultivating relationships will help you maintain your network over the years. 75% of people land jobs through networking and many positions are filled before they are even posted. People like to talk about their personal career path and give advice. If you are polite and appreciative of their assistance, they will be more than happy to provide you with the information you are seeking.
Purposes for Networking
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Outline of an Email Request for a Networking Meeting (attached pdf)
Steps to a Successful Networking Experience (create a pdf – currently on pages 48and 49 in the attached Publisher document)
Questions to ask in a Networking Meeting (same pdf as What questions can I ask in an informational interview?)
Career Network Requests
As an alum or alumna you may request the contact information of other alumni and alumnae in specific career fields and geographic areas for networking purposes from our Career Network Database. The Career Network has over 5,000 volunteers that are willing to provide career advice and answer questions about their careers. These volunteers are solely to be contacted for networking purposes and are not to be specifically asked for an internship or job. To receive the names and contact information of volunteers, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and specify the career fields/industries you are interested in and the geographic areas (cities and surrounding cities) from which you would like contacts. Results from the Career Network are sent as pdf attachments via email.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 150 million members and growing rapidly.
Benefits of LinkedIn
The resume and cover letter are considered to be the most significant correspondence during the job search process. Your resume should emphasize and quantify your accomplishments. It is very important that it is free of typos, concise, well organized, and easy to read.
The interview is a “two-way conversation” with a two-fold purpose:
Researching the organization before the interview is necessary—and it results in a more productive discussion between you and the interviewer. You should not go into an interview without a clear understanding of the job. The employer’s website will help you gain an understanding of services, processes, special programs, and characteristics of the organization, which contribute to their unique culture.
Some of the things you can and should learn include:
Username: Your HWS login (ex. AS1234@hws.edu)
Client referral: hobart05
Job Search Checklist
Graduate and Professional schools prepare students for careers in specific fields. As a graduate student, your education will have a narrower focus with greater depth through coursework, research, and/or practical experience. You should consider a graduate education if you want to learn more about a particular field or pursue a career that requires an advanced degree. Many graduate programs accept students directly after completing their undergraduate degree, while others, such as most MBA programs, require professional work experience prior to entry. Depending on your graduate school program and degree level desired, your program requirements and time to complete the degree will vary. If you need assistance with graduate school decisions or starting the application process, please call Career Services at (315) 781-3514 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment by completing the online form.