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Information for faculty & staff

Partnering to help our students with career planning

Contacts for faculty and staff:

We have designated liaisons for colleges and other areas in the university. Find those contacts, and contacts for other topics: Contacts for VT faculty and staff.

Student advising:



Walk-in at the GLC for grad students

Departmental Career Advisors [DCAs]

Pre-Professional School Advisors

Office of Health Professions Advising

Career Planning Guides

Annually updated booklet, free to VT students to pick up. You may call us to arrange delivery (campus mail) or to pick up copies to distribute to your students.
Career Planning Guides

Seminars, workshops, fairs:

Semester events calendar

Referring individuals:

Career Services help topics

Referring classes | Assignments:

Resume reviews, cover letters, reference lists, etc.

Student preparation

Practice interviews

Requesting presentations:

Requesting presentations for classes

Your graduates' first jobs or continuing education:

Post-Graduation Report

Should interns be paid?

U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. (April 2010)

Supporting students' job search:

Writing reference letters

Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring [NACE: National Association of Colleges and Employers]

Recognition for faculty & staff:

Award: Excellence in Career Advising

Departmental Career Advisors=DCAs

F/S in each academic department assist undergrad students in career planning and work closely with Career Services:
Departmental Career Advisors [DCAs]

Pre-professional School Advisors

F/S who advise students preparing for professional education beyond the bachelor's degree:
Pre-Professional School Advisors

Health Professions Advising

HPA advises students preparing for health professional education beyond the bachelor's degree:
Health Professions Advising



Referring individual students to Career Services

Helping Hokies find answers.

We invite all students, undergraduate and graduate level, in all majors and academic programs to use our services. We can steer each student toward resources that will best fit her/his needs.

Through these online resources and advising, we assist students with:

Exploring career options and majors

How to get experience during college, through internships, co-op and other means

Job search for post-graduation employment

Planning for graduate or professional school or other continuing education

We provide very detailed job search guidance, including information/resources for/about:

Graduate students
International students
Career field / major-focused resources

Federal government employment
International opportunities
a number of resources exclusively for VT students, and more.


Referring classes or groups to Career Services for assignments

Parternering to help students since ... as long as we can remember.

matter in the
job search!

Thank you for your interest in developing your students' job search skills! If you wish to refer a group of students to Career Services, whether for individual appointments or for walk-in advising, including resume critiques, or for visits related to class assignments, please call us first, at least two weeks in advance, to discuss required preparation by your students.

Whom to call:
- If you have a working relationship with one of our staff members, please contact her/him!
- Otherwise, please contact Amy McPherson,, 231-6241.

Our desires are to work with you and to assist your students. We have, and encourage, relationships with faculty and staff in which we plan the timing of your students' visits so that we can accomodate them (knowing number of students expected, and planning sufficient time for us to see them). By calling us well in advance, we can work together to best meet the needs of our students with our existing resources. Thank you!


Student preparation required for resume/cover letter critiques:

Students who seek our advising services for reviews of resumes, cover letters, reference lists, or other documents, whether of their own initiative or because of a class assignment, are strongly encouraged to read and use the materials developed for them on these topics prior to visiting our office. They may read and use these hard copy or online resources:

Read INSIDE the
Career Planning Guide!

Preparation is truly beneficial because resume reviews are to help each individual student fine-tune her/his resume. Students who come to our walk-in advising service are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. We can best serve well-prepared students with conversation focused on their individual situations and career interests.


Getting copies of the Career Planning Guide for your students

If you would like to arrange delivery (campus mail) or to pick up copies of the Career Planning Guide to distribute to your students, please call us at 231-6241. We're happy to work with you on this. More info; online version.


Referring students for practice (mock) interview assignments

Thank you for your interest in developing your students' job search skills!

Two options for practice interview assignments:

1. Interview Stream available now, 24/7/365

If you would like all students in a class to have practice interviews, Interview Stream is ideal for this purpose.
Online interview practice tool.
Available 24/7/365.
For anyone with a Virginia Tech PID — students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Internet access and a webcam are needed to use Interview Stream.
Use it now! No need to wait, consult us, schedule, or ask permission!
After recording practice interviews, students can e-mail access to others for critiques, which could be done individually, or in the classroom setting.
All the details about Interview Stream.

2. Appointments available by advance arrangement:

If you wish to require all students in a class to have an in-person mock interview, please call us first, at least two weeks in advance, to discuss your goals and needs and the number of students involved, and preparation by your students. We look forward to working with you to determine the best means and timing to meet your students' needs. To discuss this, please contact Heidi Thuesen,, 231-6241.



Writing reference letters - for students & others

From NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Tips for Providing References

Sample Faculty Reference Letter


Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring

Brief but thorough document from a reputable professional organization deals with recruitment issues facing faculty and suggested courses of action.

A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring
by NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


Quick find:

A-Z index

Coffee chats:

Fall 2015 coffee chats:

8:00 - 9:30 am

Fr. Oct. 9, 2015
CareerShift & GoinGlobal

Fr. Dec. 4, 2015
Overview of services

More info | pdf flyer


Where grads go:

After undergrad degree

Employed or continuing education

Experience during college

Advice sources

How they found jobs

Job titles, employers, locations

Grad programs and institutions

Post-Graduation Report has all that, and more.

College reports

For faculty, staff, administrators: Advising, workshop data, more in college reports

Employers post jobs: Students post resumes:


When are employers coming to campus?

Please contact our employer relations staff!

For employers:

Services for employers
Hokies4Hire | post jobs | access resumes |
On-Campus Interviewing | salary data | more

For alumni:

Alumni resources
for networking and volunteering to assist students and other alumni