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Information for faculty & staff

Partnering to help our students with career planning

Student advising:

Appointments

Walk-in

Walk-in at the GLC

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 pick up copies to distribute in class or dept.:
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

What do your graduates do?

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

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
LGBTQ
Disability
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.

Handshakes
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 the number of students involved, and 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, amcphers@vt.edu, 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:

More info about the CPG

Read INSIDE the
Career Planning Guide!

Preparation is essential because resume reviews are for the purpose of helping each individual student fine-tune his or her resume. Students who use 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 to pick up copies of the Career Planning Guide to distribute to your students in class, and for the students to read and use, 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. Available now, 24 / 7 / 365

We're pleased to offer Interview Stream [offered since spring semester 2010]:
Online interview practice service
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!

If you would like all students in a class to have practice interviews, Interview Stream is ideal for this purpose.
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. 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 are happy to work with you to determine the best means and timing to meet your students' needs. Your contact point for arranging mock interviews is Ali Woodworth, aliw@vt.edu, 231-6241.

Faculty/Staff, please note: Please advise your students scheduling practice interviews for your class/group assignments NOT to sign up using the Mock Interview Program! We do not have sufficient slots to accomodate class assignments. We can gladly accomodate your students in other ways, which we'll discuss when you call. Thank you!

 

 

Writing reference letters - for students & others

From NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers

Tips for Providing References, includes:

Tips for Other Reference Providers - faculty, college administrative staff, employers

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

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:

Hokies4Hire

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