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Career Checklist

 We’ve created a checklist outlining steps to prepare you and achieve your career goals.

FIRST

  • Stop by Career Services or make an appointment with me to say “Hi” and learn how I can help you achieve your career goals.
  • Get to know your career services office in your school or college; become familiar with their services.
  • Look for fliers, emails, and posts on social media about upcoming workshops, events from career services,and fairs; attend the session that interests you.
  • Discover OrangeLink! On OrangeLink, you can add your resume, update your profile and start looking for events, workshops, and job and internship opportunities: OrangeLink.syr.edu

SECOND

  • Get out there and get involved: Connect with other student veterans by joining the Student Veteran Organization or attending the Office of Veteran and Military Affair’s monthly luncheons.
  • Gain new experiences through University clubs and organization. Not only will you enjoy the experience, you will also build skills along the way.
  • Get social! And we don’t mean just Facebook. Build your online brand and create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Find role models or mentors and connect with them (tip: LinkedIn is a great tool for this!). We can help you connect with that person to learn more about a position, industry, or career.

THIRD

  • Create your resume: include education, military, job, and volunteer experience. Add it Veteran Resume Book on OrangeLink.
  • Learn what it takes to write an effective cover letter that gets you noticed.
  • Develop interview skills and do a practice interview to learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing.
  • Learn the art of networking. You can reach out to alumni, recruiters, family, friends, faculty, and staff to build your network. Tap into this network to gather opinions about industries, companies, or career paths that interest you. You can also attend networking events, and use LinkedIn.

QUICK TIPS

  • When attending career fairs, on and off campus, always bring several copies of your resume with you.
  • Write a cover letter unique to the position reflecting specific experience you have and how it relates to the position.
  • Work with instructors, staff and career services to identify internship, volunteer, and job opportunities.
  • When at a career fair or networking event, ask for business cards to send a follow-up email and build your network.
  • Take a moment after receiving the business card to jot a few notes on what was discussed.
  • Provide your references with a copy of the job posting to ensure they are prepared if they are called by the hiring manager.
  • Before leaving your interview, ask the hiring manager when you can expect to hear from them regarding the position.
  • Always send a “thank you” letter immediately to all with whom you interviewed.
  • Finally, I'm here for you, starting from your first day to your last and beyond; be sure to share your post grad plans with me.