Alfred University Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center



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Alfred University Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center

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Four Years to Career Success

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Services that Make it Happen

Individuals Inspired|Alfred University


Services to Students
Career Resource Library

We have a career library stocked with information on internships, graduate schools, and four computers with web access and a laser printer for students to use for their career needs.


Resumes on the Web

Post your resume online via the Saxon JobLink. Your resume will be on-line for employers to review or to apply for job postings. See our “Find a Job” web page for instructions on how to register with Saxon JobLink.


Saxon Career Volunteer

Network

AU alumni are available for career advice and mentoring. Ask us for a list of alumni in your career field and/or geographic area.


On-Campus Recruiting

You can sign up for interviews through the Saxon JobLink or contact the Recruiting Coordinator for more information. About 100 companies recruit at AU each year.


Internships & Co-ops

Internships and co-ops will give you the practical, hands-on experience you need to be competitive in the job market. Meet with a counselor or advisor to learn about available resources and start your search.


Credential Files

Set up a file for your letters of recommendation and we’ll send it to employers and/or graduate schools at your written request. Education majors and Pre-Med students, as well as any grad-school-bound student, should take advantage of this service.



Special Events

Each year the CDC offers annual, large-scale events including the Engineering Career Fair, Graduate School Fair, Internship & Summer Job Fair, Meet the Accountants, Alumni Networking Nights, and more.


Resume and Cover Letter Development

Whether it is your first or final draft, the CDC can help construct or fine tune your resume and cover letter using one-on-one appointments, walk-in hours or our 24-hour critiquing service.


Career Counseling

Career counselors are available for assistance with selecting a major, choosing a career path, searching for a graduate school, getting the perfect first job, and much more. Free career testing is also available; we use the Strong Interest Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and others.


Contact us:

Phone: (607) 871-2164

Fax: (607) 871-2791

Email: cdc@alfred.edu

Web: www.alfred.edu/cdc
Hours:

8:30 am – 4:30 pm



Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Walk-in hours:

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday only


FIRST YEAR:

  • Work with a counselor to discuss possible majors of interest, or what you can do with the major you declared

  • Meet with a career counselor to take an interest and values assessment

  • Begin your first resume -you will thank yourself later!

  • Pick up our handouts and familiarize yourself with some career planning basics

  • Spend some time in our Resource Room familiarizing yourself with our print and electronic resources

  • Become familiar with our website www.alfred.edu/cdc - you’ll be using it frequently

  • Meet with a career counselor or advisor to begin researching possible internships or summer jobs


SOPHOMORE YEAR:

  • Meet with a career counselor/advisor to develop short- and long- term goals for the remaining time at college

  • Attend a career fair and the Graduate School Fair to get ideas of your options after you graduate

  • Schedule a meeting to begin planning and looking for a co-op or internship in your field of study

  • Develop your leadership skills through the Gary Horowitz Leadership Development Program

  • Update your resume to have it internship/co-op ready

  • Participate in at least one Employer-in-Residence event

  • Prepare a cover letter to be used for internships, co-ops or summer research opportunities

  • Meet with a counselor to complete the StrengthsQuest assessment

  • Post your resume on Saxon JobLink, our on-line resume and job board

  • Set up a profile on LinkedIn and begin searching and joining interesting groups and exploring potential career paths

  • Work with a counselor or advisor and begin using CareerShift and other web and print based resources to look for internships and/or co-ops

  • Work with a career counselor or advisor to identify network contacts (alumni, previous employers, etc.) and to develop strategies to connect with these individuals

JUNIOR YEAR:

  • Meet with a counselor to research more thoroughly the occupation(s) you’re considering

  • Update your resume and cover letter. Have them critiqued using our 24-hour critiquing service or walk-in services

  • Gain supervisory experience through team leadership, class involvement, or extracurricular activities

  • Attend a career fair (Engineering Career Fair, Graduate School Fair or the Internship & Summer Job Fair, etc.)

  • Research graduate school options and pick up materials related to entrance exams

  • Take a practice GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT, or other required entrance exams

  • Update your profile on LinkedIn and join professional organizations related to your area(s) of interest

  • Meet with a counselor or advisor to further develop your network and networking skills

  • Make an appointment for a practice interview

  • Participate in at least one Employer-in-Residence event

  • Meet with a career counselor or advisor to search for and secure an internship, co-op or other professional opportunity


SENIOR YEAR:

  • Develop your portfolio of professional quality career-related projects and assignments

  • Update your resume and cover letter

  • Attend career related events (Career and Grad Fairs, the Rochester Area Career Expo, Teacher Recruitment Day, Networking Etiquette, etc.)

  • Set up your credential file and begin collecting letters of reference

  • Perfect your interviewing skills with practice interviews

  • Schedule an appointment to discuss salary and benefit negotiation, transition to the real world, and business etiquette

  • Network with Alfred alumni and other professionals in your field of interest. This includes job shadowing and informational interviewing

  • Design your business card

  • Employ the internship and co-op search strategies developed in your sophomore and junior years to conduct the job search

  • Participate in at least one Employer-in-Residence event

  • Meet with a counselor to take and review the results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment


The Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center provides career development and preparation to Alfred University students and alumni. We offer career counseling, experiential education, on-campus recruiting, web-based services, and special events. Utilizing these individual and personal services, students can develop, explore and express themselves through their ongoing career development process. Revised 8/22/2013


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