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Spring Connection job fair

Tues. Feb. 23, 2016
Complete information for students including how to prepare, research employers, and possible next-day interviews.
Employers attending list is now posted!
This is subject to update through the date of the fair.


For students thinking about federal jobs and internships

Thur. Feb. 11 | Summer opportunities
Thur. Feb. 18 | Security clearance 101
Thur. Febr. 25 | Stand out in the application process
Wed. Mar. 16 | Federal resumes 101
Wed. Apr. 6 | Federal employment and internships

Details, times, locations

Flyer for print / posting


For students thinking about federal jobs and internships

Working for America: Applying for a Federal Job

Guest speaker:
Ms. Pam Thomas, Virginia Tech alumna who works with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Fr. Feb. 5, 2016
1:30-3:30 pm
Smith Career Center Room A

Flyer for print / posting

More federal events


For seniors: 100 days to graduation!

Five spring 2016 events for your job search!

Wed. Feb. 10 | Job search
Tues. Feb. 23 | Spring Connection Job Fair
Tues. Mar. 22 | Interviewing
Wed. Apr. 13 | Evaluating, negotiating offers
Tues. Apr. 26 | Hokie High Five Graduation Celebration

Details, times, locations


For students applying to graduate or professional school

All the spring 2016 prep events

Includes strategy & practice tests for:
Grad School 101
Personal Statement workshop
<----- So many events, we have two flyers! ----->

All dates and times + more events



For student veterans in all majors
Speed Interviewing Workshop Wed. Feb. 3, 2016
5-7:30 pm first group of interviews.
6:15-8 pm second group of interviews.
Includes opportunity to have brief feedback on your resume.
To participate: RSVP by Mon. Feb. 1, 5:00 pm, to Ms. Heidi Thuesen,
Your group time will be confirmed in response to your RSVP. Details | what to wear and bring.



All students welcome
Fall semester 2015 exam study space available
in Smith Career Center
27 rooms accomodate up to three people.
Common area for larger study groups.
First-come, first-served.
HOURS: 8am - 4:45pm, all six dates:
Thur. Dec. 10
Fr. Dec. 11
Mon. Dec. 14
Tues. Dec. 15
Wed. Dec. 16
Thur. Dec. 17
Flyer for posting


Coffee chat for faculty and staff who do career advising:

Fr. Dec. 4, 2015 | 8:00-9:30 am
Topic: Services available for students

8-8:30 coffee, pastries and mingling
8:30-9:30 program and Q&A

Location: Smith Career Center

Hold the date and plan to join us!

RSVP to Ashley Roberts by Th. Dec. 3 if you plan to attend.


Dr. Marlene Preston receiving Award for Excellence in 
                  Career Advising. Nov. 2015

Award for Excellence in Career Advising presented:
Dr. Marlene Preston, associate professor of communication (right in photo), received the 2015 Award for Excellence in Career Advising during a reception on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.
Read more.


Seeking students!

Announcement | October 26, 2015:
Career Services is establishing a student advisory board to serve during spring semester 2016. We are accepting applications from all students for membership on the board.
Deadline is noon, Th. Nov. 12, 2015. Complete information and how to apply.



Announcement | October 28, 2015:
Career Services is recruiting Peer Career Advisors. We seek freshmen and sophomores in any major to begin in spring semester 2016, and work through the 2016-2017 academic year.
Deadline is Mon. Nov. 16, 2015, before 5:00 pm.
Info session Mon. Nov. 9, 2015, 5:30-6:30pm @ Smith Career Center.
Complete information and how to apply.


2015 fall grad & prof school PREP events flyer 

Fall 2015 grad school prep events! Details + more events

Grad School 101 | 5:30-6:30pm | Robeson 105
Two dates. Choose one: Tues. Oct. 13 | Wed. Oct. 14

CANCELLED: MCAT Strategies | Wed. Oct. 21 | 5:30-7pm

GRE Verbal Boot Camp | 5:30-6:30pm | Derring 3083
Two dates. Choose one: Mon. Oct. 26 | Tues. Oct. 27

GRE Math Boot Camp | 5:30-6:30pm | Derring 3083
Two dates. Choose one: Thur. Oct. 29 | Fr. Oct. 30

Writing Your Personal Statement | 5:30-6:30pm | Derring 3083
Two dates. Choose one: Tues. Nov. 3 | Wed. Nov. 4


Annual fall etiquette dinner

Wed. Oct. 28, 2015
5:00-7:30pm | Owens Banquet Hall

Register by Fr. Oct. 16.
How to register | complete info for students



Fall Connection job fair!
Tues. Oct. 20, 2015
10am - 4pm | Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The only fall job fair sponsored by Career Services.

Complete info for students

Research employers BEFORE the fair!
Determine which attending employers match your career interests. Prepare to present yourself effectively.
How to prepare for a career fair.


Interested in a federal job or internship?

Learn more about internships and post-grad jobs with the federal government, and search tips.
Open to all Virginia Tech students.

Fall 2015 dates / times / session:
Wed. Oct. 7 | 2-3pm | Your Federal Career in DC and beyond
Wed. Oct. 14 | 2-3pm | Tips for Navigating
Wed. Oct. 21 | 2-3pm | Federal Resume 101
Smith Career Center, Room A

More info.


LinkedIn Photo Lab:

All times booked! We'll offer this again in the spring.
Free professional photos to use on your LinkedIn account.
Open to all Virginia Tech students.
Sign up was first-come, first-served. All times are booked.
Mon. Oct. 5, 2015 | noon-2pm
Fr. Oct. 9, 2015 | noon-3pm
Mon. Oct. 12, 2015 | noon-2pm
Mon. Oct. 19, 2015 | noon-2pm
Smith Career Center


Coffee chats for faculty and staff who do career advising:

Fr. Oct. 9, 2015 | 8:00-9:30 am | CareerShift and GoinGlobal
Fr. Dec. 4, 2015 | 8:00-9:30 am | Services for students

Both dates:
8-8:30 coffee, pastries and mingling
8:30-9:30 program and Q&A

Location: Smith Career Center

Hold the dates and plan to join us!

RSVP to Debbie Wilson at if you plan to attend.


Resumania season!

Get ready for fall career fairs:

10-minute walk-in resume reviews:

Mondays - Fridays | Noon - 3pm

PLUS extended hours | 10am - 4pm
Only on these SIX dates:

Tues. Sep. 1, 8, 15
Wed. Sep. 2, 9, 16
10am - 4pm


Medical School Meet the Deans:

All students interested in medical school are invited:

Sun. Sep. 20, 2015
7:30 - 9pm
Litton-Reaves 1670

More info
For questions, email


2015 fall grad & prof school PREP events flyer 

Fall 2015 grad school prep

Workshops and practice tests.

14 sessions including prep/practice for LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, plus Grad School 101, and personal statement workshops.


Details, plus grad & professional school fairs.


All Virginia Tech students invited to our Tailgate Party!
Fr. Aug. 28, 2015
10am - 3pm
Smith Career Center

Get to know us and how we can help you on your career planning journey!

Thanks to the 1,158 students who came to our party!!


Career Outfitters student shopping days:

All Virginia Tech students are invited to shop, free of charge, for new and gently used professional attire.

Thurs. Sep. 3, 2015 | 10am - 6pm

Fri. Sep. 4, 2015 | 9am - noon

Learn more...

Thanks to our community who donated 1,561 items, and to the 927 students who shopped with us!!


Career Outfitters Suit & Accessories Drive!

Career Outfitters is a program that provides new and/or gently-used professional attire to students for career events. There is no charge to students!

The 2015 suit & accessories drive is OPEN for DONATIONS through Fri. Aug 28, 2015.

Learn more...

Thanks to our community who donated 1,561 clothing items!!


Post-Grad Survey

Graduating seniors!
Congratulations! Tell us where you're going!
Post-Grad Survey takes under five minutes to complete.
Not sure yet? Still looking for a job or applying to grad school? Just tell us that on the survey. You can update your response later; quick and easy, and we'll remind you.
More about the survey.
Survey open to May+Sum 2015 grads through early Nov.
Survey closed for Dec. 2014 grads on June 15.


Graduating seniors!
You're invited to Hokie High Five!
Graduation celebration!
Tues. Apr. 28, 2015
noon - 4pm
Smith Career Center
Prizes, fun, food
Resume reviews for those still job-seeking.


For CNRE & CALS students
You're invited to Before You Go!
Wed. Apr. 29, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Smith Career Center lawn

Before you graduate or go on summer break, stop by to have a freezer pop and chat with your college liaisons, Carolyn Haynes and Leigh Anne Leist. Be career and summer ready!


College of
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences:
Diversity Alumni Panel

Wed. Apr. 8, 2015 | 5:30-7:30 pm | Fralin Hall

Network with successful VT alumni.
See what's in store for you with a liberal arts degree.
Contact for questions:
Ryan Rideau | CLAHS
Dir. of Undergrad. Diversity Initiatives


For First-years and Sophomores
Marketing Yourself in a Diverse Workplace
Wed. Apr. 8, 2015
Smith Career Center Rm A
Registration requested
Contact: John Gray Williams

Virginia Tech students invited to our SEC-ACC 2015 virtual career fair!
Wed. & Thur. Apr. 1 & 2.
View employers' chat schedules and meet employers recruiting talent across all majors and degrees.


LinkedIn Photo Lab @ Smith Career Center!
Career Services is providing opportunities for free professional photos, taken at Smith Career Center, to use on your LinkedIn page. Photo dates start Mon. Mar. 30, 2015. View available dates/times and request to be scheduled for a LinkedIn photo. You'll get email confirmation of your timeslot, and completed photos will be emailed. If these timeslots fill quickly, more dates and times may be scheduled. Timeslots are limited, so each student who accepts a timeslot is expected to attend. Cancellation should occur at least one full day prior.


Applications due March 1, 2015, for the Virginia Governor's Fellows Program.
Applicants must be rising seniors, graduating seniors or graduate students. Flyer for posting.


Seniors! Feb. 5 kicks off 100 Days 'til Graduation
Our events for you! | details
Workshops all 5:30-6:30 pm
@ Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
- Help with your job search | Tues. Feb. 10
- Tune up your professionalism skills | Tues. Mar. 3
- Evaluating & negotating job offers | Tues. Mar. 24
- Spring 2015 Connection fair | Tues. Feb. 24 | 10am-4pm | Squires
- Graduation celebration | Tues. Apr. 28 | Noon-4pm | Smith Career Center


Seminars FOR graduate students during spring 2015

Resume writing | Wed. Jan 28
Career fair prep | Wed. Feb. 11
Interviewing skills | Wed. Mar. 4
LinkedIn | Wed. Mar. 18
All held in GLC Room G
All sessions 5:30-6:30 pm


Grad school prep events during spring 2015

Admission exam test drive | Sat. Feb. 28 | 10am - 1pm
Details and registration

Location and time for the following sessions:
Derring 1076
5:00-6:00 pm
Grad School 101 | Wed. Feb. 11
GRE math boot camp | Tues. Feb. 24 & Wed. Mar. 25
GRE verbal boot camp | Wed. Feb. 25 & Thur. Mar. 26
Writing your personal statement | Tues. Mar. 31


Spring 2015 Connection Job Fair
Sponsored by Career Services
Employers seeking students in all colleges
Tu. Feb. 24, 2015 | 10am-4pm | Squires
Some employers will schedule next-day interviews on site.
Complete info for students to prepare!


Winter 2015 open house
Fr. Jan. 23, 2015
For first-year and sophomore students.


Week of Sep. 8-12, 2014:
Wow! We saw 433 students through walk-in advising, 95 students through appts., and 658 students visited us to shop Career Outfitters on Sep 10 & 11, when we gave away over 630 clothing items! Plus we presented 23 workshops! ... for over 1927 student contacts in one week!