SERVICES FOR ALUMNI AND ALUMNAE
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 Education 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:
- Self Discovery and the Art of Decision Making (PDF)
- Work and Lifestyle Values (PDF)
- Americas Career InfoNet Skills Profiler
- Hiring Competencies Outline (PDF)
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
- To learn about an industry, career field or occupation
- To receive career advice and clarify your career goals
- To build ongoing relationships
- To establish relationships with people that can assist in your job search
- To learn about job openings
- To become comfortable communicating your career interests in a professional manner
Networking is not
- Asking for a job
- A one-time event
- A one-sided relationship
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
- Excellent resource to build and maintain connections with alumni and alumnae, internship contacts, and employers
- Exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broad network of professionals
- Follow companies you would like to work at and learn about the organizations and their employees
- Showcase your experience and career interests to potential employers and by creating a complete profile
- Join groups to become immediately connected with professionals with a common background or interest
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:
- The employer gains information about your strengths, skills, background, and how you can add value to the organization.
- You gain a better understanding of both the position and the organization in determining if it matches your needs and goals.
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:
- What products and services the company provides
- The history of the company and industry
- The corporate climate: structure, purpose, size, competitors
- The company's earnings and market share
- The latest company news
- Any training programs available to employees
- Their promotion policies
- Benefits offered to employees
Online Resources to Research Employers
- Search companies by industry, geographic location, and/or fastest growing companies
- Learn key financial information and about competitors
- Type the name of the Company into the "search" function within these business publication sites to learn about your target company and industry
Job Search Online Resources
Username: Your HWS email
Password: Click on forgot password and follow the instructions emailed to you
Client referral: hobart05
Job Search Checklist
- Prepare and update your résumé, then have it critiqued by a member of the Career Services Office
- Talk with a with a career advisor and/or employer developer in the Career Services Office to brainstorm networking contacts and a list of potential employers
- Network with contacts in your industry, friends, family and alumni/alumnae. Utilize the Career Network
- RESEARCH! Use all resources available to find out about careers, job titles, responsibilities and organizations.
- Develop a 30 Second Pitch to assist with making initial cold call inquiries and asking for an informational interview
- Develop cover letters for opportunities in which you are applying and have them checked by a career advisor
- Do mock interviews for practice (available through the Career Services Office)
- Keep a spreadsheet of all the employment applications you send and copies of all correspondence
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.