Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

Recapped: Tri-College & STEM Recruiting Day

What an event! Last Friday, the Career Offices of Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore hosted a tremendous event in the field house: Tri-College and STEM Recruiting Day. Employers from STEM fields, non-profits, finance, education, and many other fields came to meet and hire Tri-Co students. Students arrived dressed in their best professional attire for morning registration and the career fair. After a brief orientation and an opportunity to take a professional headshot for their LinkedIn profiles, students reviewed the list of employers who had open interview spaces that afternoon. They then made their way to the career fair and chatted with employers to learn more about their companies. If they were interested in being considered for an interview later that day, they would share their resumes. The career fair wrapped up in the afternoon and employers submitted their picks to the career center staff during lunch. The remainder of the day was then dedicated to interviews! We had LOTS of students pick up additional interviews during the career fair, so the schedules were packed! All in all, the day was a great success! Happy employers and happy students make for happy career center staff! We hope to see you next year!...
2018 Career Closet Free “Shopping” Day

2018 Career Closet Free “Shopping” Day

Last week, the CCPA hosted our ever-popular Career Closet Free “Shopping” Event. This event was created to help all Haverford students gain access to free, good-quality, professional attire. Since our last Career Closet event, the CCPA received over 275 donations from the Haverford Community! Every item donated will help Haverford students to look and feel their best at their next interview or day at the office. Of the donations we received, several went towards building up the CCPA’s Lending Closet, a permanent closet housed in Stokes 300, which students can borrow high-quality suits from for interviews. The rest of the donated items were put out for students to take home and keep. To give as many students an opportunity to shop as possible, students were limited to one outfit each until the end of the day, then anyone could come back and take whatever they wished! We ended up giving away about 215 blouses, button-downs, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, ties, and blazers to the 115 students who came to the event over Thursday and Friday! Even the items we have leftover will play a role in helping Haverford students. These items will be sold to second-hand stores and the money earned will go back into building up the Lending Closet and next year’s Career Closet Shopping Event.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped to make this year’s donation cycle and shopping event huge successes.   The Lending Closet If you need a professional outfit for your next internship, job, fellowship, or grad school interview, stop by Stokes 300 during our walk-in hours (M-F, 2:30-4:30) and we can help...
Haverford’s Interview Coach Program

Haverford’s Interview Coach Program

Practice makes perfect in most situations, and interviewing for internships and job interviews is no exception. Successful candidates are ones who make the time to research the industry and prospective employers carefully and to practice their interview skills. The CCPA is working closely with alumni volunteers on a new initiative: the Haverford alumni interview coach program where Haverford students will be matched with experienced alumni in the student’s field of interest for the purpose of practicing and receiving feedback on interviews to help students prepare for competitive application processes. Matched Haverford student/alumni pairs will be expected to complete two mock interviews within 1-3 weeks of being matched to give students the opportunity to incorporate feedback from the first mock interview into the next practice interview. The mock interviews will likely be conducting by phone or Skype unless schedules allow for an in person meeting. Students will be responsible for initiating contact and scheduling meetings with their Alumni Career Coach once the match it made. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Alumni: We are always looking for coaches to add to our list! Consider participating in this initiative! If you have questions about the program, contact Jennifer Barr:...
Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

Career Fairs are NOT Scary – Don’t miss the upcoming Tri-College Career Fairs

It’s high season for the internship and summer job search, and the Philadelphia Career Connection on Friday, 1/27/17, the STEM Recruiting Day on Friday, 2/3/17, and the Not-For-Profit Career Day on 2/24/17 will be great ways to learn about and perhaps have preliminary interviews for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities with over 50 organizations. While career fairs are a fantastic way to connect with job and internship opportunities, I’ve talked with many students who really stress out about career fairs.  When I talk to students who are hesitant to attend career fairs because they worry they’ll get nervous and won’t know what to say or do, I always remind them that recruiters register for career fairs because they are eager to talk to and potentially hire talented students like YOU. Here are a few career fair prep tips to help ease some of that pre-fair anxiety: Before the Career Fair Reflect on your career interests, skills, and personal goals for the fair. Are you looking for an internship or a full-time job?  What type of what of work do you want to do (i.e. writing, teaching, analyzing, project management, event planning, counseling, researching…)? What industries are you most interested in? Where do you want to live? That said, while it’s important to have goals in mind, it’s also important to keep an open mind so you don’t miss out on an opportunity simply because you overlooked the fact that it could be a worthwhile way for you to gain experience. Prepare your resume. Check out the CCPA’s resume guide. Develop your “30-second commercial”. If that sounds silly to you, just think of it as your basic introduction....