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Handshake Helper Tip #3: Student Reviews

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:55pm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Handshake is now offering a new feature allowing students to view and review the various companies.

What are Reviews?  

Student Reviews allow students to tell their stories about their past internships that will be posted on to the company's profile page in Handshake.  

Why complete a Student Review?

  • It allows students to EXPLORE CAREERS by giving them a more authentic look into a company from their peers. 
  • Allows other students to GIVE and RECIEVE advice about the various companies and the roles they might be interested in. 
  • GAIN INSIGHT into the companies culture, mentorship, and learning, which is often harder to gauge because of the lack of information. 

Why Student Reviews are also beneficial for employers? 

  • Student Reviews will help employers ENGAGE all students.
  • Tell your BRAND STORY by activating former interns as brand ambassadors.
  • Get FEEDBACK by giving companies access to more thoughtful reviews written by students from all backgrounds and will be moderated by Handshake! 
So, it's safe to say Student Reviews are a win/win for both employers and students. Go to your Handshake profile today to fill out or view your reviews today! 
If you're looking for a job or even an internship make sure to be updating your Handshake profile and meeting with your Career Counselors! 
Also, look out for the great events we have planned for you! You can find more information on our social media accounts: 
Instagram: @RITCareers Facebook: @RITCareerservicesTwitter: @RITCareers 

Handshake Helper Tip #2

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:50pm

Co-ops Recommended By Your Career Center
Did you notice this new box on Handshake’s 'For You' page? Go ahead and use it to see the co-op/internship postings that your Career Services Coordinator suggests you check out. This collection is based on major and the co-op label that we add to jobs. It is a great way to get quick a quick list and use it to favorite jobs you want to apply to. 
But, remember, the very best way to get co-op job results is to use the following “Filters”: Major, and Labels (ex: co-op - summer, co-op – summer/fall, co-op - fall ). Further filter those results any way you’d like with Industry, Key Words, Location, and any of the other options.

Click on the Link below to learn more about Handshake on our website! 

30 Career Conversation Starters

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:01pm

Here are some suggested questions to help you have a productive career conversation at a networking event or informational interview. You also might like to review these prompts and consider how you would respond to these questions. This will help you reflect on your goals and set plans for the future!

Identifying Personal Choices and Preferences 

1. What activities are you particularly engaged with right now?2. Tell me about what you enjoy most in your current role3. Tell me about the achievements that mean the most to you.4. Why did you choose this area of work?5. What is the next major challenge you would like to take up?6. Choose 5 words that describe how you feel about coming to work. 

Skills and Knowledge

7. What do you think you have done really well over the past few months/year?8. What skills have you developed and what new knowledge attained in the past few months/year?9. How would you describe your strengths as a project/team member or manager?10. What additional skills and knowledge would assist you to meet the expectations of your role?11. What strategies do you implement to manage those competing priorities of your role?

Influencing Others

12. Have you had any feedback from others on the things you do well or could do better?13. How do you let others know what you are achieving?14. How do you promote your need for resources?15. How do you find out about relationships at your organization that may assist you?

Career Goals

16. Which areas would you like to develop in and why?17. What goals do you have for your future?18. What are you doing now or need to do in order to achieve these goals?19. How can I help you?

Other Questions 

20. What has motivated or inspired you lately?21. Does what you do feed your passion? Why or why not?22. Is there anything blocking you from progressing in your role?23. Who do you admire? Why?24. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?25. What superpowers do you have? What superpowers would you like to have?26. If you were CEO of the company, what is the first thing you would do?27. What hobbies are you engaged with right now?28. What 3 things that would help you increase your productivity?29. What you get stuck, what is your process for getting unstuck?30. What part of the day brings you the most energy and focus?
We hope these questions will help you to establish relationships with your contacts, clarify goals, and even open doors of opportunity. Let us know in the comments: What is the best career question you have ever been asked? 

Adapted by Janine Rowe, Rochester Institute of Technology Office of Career Services and Co-op from Professional Development Starter Questions for Career Conversations, University of South Australia and Career Development Discussion Starters, Association of American Medical Colleges


Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:40am
Handshake Helper is here
to help you make the
most of Handshake

Saved Searches and Search Alerts! 

As you know Handshake is the career platform where we post jobs for students and alumni (plus more). But did you know that you have the ability to not only save your job searches in Handshake, but also to customize and receive job alert notifications when new jobs matching your search criteria are added?  (Note: When saving a search, please be aware that you are not saving your search results. You are saving your search criteria).  
First, Create Your Search:1. Select Jobs from the top menu bar.2. You will see on the left of the screen a list of filters you can use to create the criteria for your search. Filters include items such as location, employment type, major, labels (co-op terms), etc.  Select the criteria for your search. You’ll want to save this search if you think this is one you’d like to perform again in the future, or you want to receive alerts when more jobs like this are posted.  Remember, by saving your search you are saving the criteria for the search, not the data the search yielded. The jobs meeting the criteria of your saved search could easily change from day to day.
To Save Your Search:1. Select the Create Search Alert button under Saved Searches (on top left side of page)  2. You have saved your search! This search is viewable by you alone; no one else has access to it.Note: If you save a search that does not have a keyword, Handshake will default to naming the search according the date you saved it. If you would like, you are also able to edit the title of the search, or edit the notification settings for the alerts.
To Create an Alert:Select the pencil icon next to the saved search Here, you can rename your search, and choose how and when you'd like to be notified when new jobs are posted that match this job search
So, there you have it! We hope you find these Handshake tips "handy"!

Co-op Search Suggestions During Break

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 6:34pm

It’s that time of year, where everyone’s recovering from the holidays! While we do want you to continue to enjoy time with family and friends, we’d like you to fit in a little work that’ll help you and more information on finding a Co-op:
Search Suggestions:

» Take time to complete your profile in Handshake. Handshake suggests potential co-ops based on your profile. Find these matches by looking under the tab “For You”.
» Update your resume to include additional skills or progression in your labs and projects, from your most recent semester. Be sure your resume has an objective statement that includes co-op and availability.
» Check other job search sites including:,,, and Our website has list of sites recommended by major.
» Use a variety of keyword search terms for your industry. Search on “intern” as well as “co-op” to get the best results. You can also include a location in your search.
» Connect with alumni via LinkedIn. Search for “Rochester Institute of Technology” then click on the “See Alumni” button. Be sure to craft a personal note when sending a request to connect.
» LinkedIn is often your best source of company information when researching (Sometimes much better than the company’s own site).
» Network with your family and friends by asking for contacts or job leads.

Spring Search Suggestions:
» Apply to as many jobs posted on Handshake as you can. There are still open positions. Employers continue to contact us with open positions into January! Handshake search tips available.
» Spring-summer double term? You still have A LOT of time to nd a co-op. You can start as late as February, work through August and still have the position count as a double block.
With that being said, take this free time you have but also take action that will help you reach your goals! These tips can be applied to every field so be sure to share with your friends !

Enjoy the rest of your break & Happy New Year from your friends at the Office of Career Services and Co-op!

Shake Hands With Your Future

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:34pm
You know how important a handshake can be in the professional world. Here’s one Handshake you really want to know about. The new university platform for recruiting students.

Our office has recently made the switch from RIT Job Zone to Handshake! It is a platform that allows students, employers, and career centers to interact and gain opportunities for experience more efficiently than ever before. It grants student access to equal opportunities in the working world.

How can Students use it?
• Students can create their profile, fill it to the brim with information on their experiences, coursework and more.
• They can search for co-op, internship and full-time opportunities and interact with over 200,000 employers.
• The more a student fills their profile and uses Handshake, the more they will get out of it.

It works just like Spotify or Netflix, the more things you listen to or watch, the more suggestions you receive. The more skills, interests and experiences you put on your Handshake profile, the more opportunities they will suggest to you!

How can Alumni use it?
• Alumni of RIT can use Handshake just the same as a current student!
• Perhaps you want to find a new job or make a career change, you’ll have access to Handshake and its fantastic opportunities even after graduating from RIT!

How can Employers use it?
• Connect with and recruit from over 400 universities. This allows you to increase your breadth and scope of opportunities to students. (There are over 8,000,000 students on Handshake.)
• You can post your open positions across dozens of schools…FOR FREE!
• You can filter potential hires to see who best fits your positions.
• Easy to manage – you have one account where you can set up recruiting events or interviews, register for career fairs and set up your own events.
• You can even contact potential candidates directly through Handshake.

For more information, please visit our site:

Written by
Taylor Lincoln, RIT Office of Career Services

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month!

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:21pm
Many of us already know someone on the Autism Spectrum: US Census Bureau estimates that 7
million Americans are closely related to someone on the Spectrum, and there are about 7 million people worldwide on the Autism Spectrum.

Being on the Autism Spectrum can impact an individual’s journey toward employment, especially when competing against others in interviewing and networking settings. The unemployment rate for individuals on the Autism Spectrum is 42% - higher than other types of disabilities.

All of us can take action to advocate for individuals on the Spectrum in the workplace, and many individuals find April, Autism Awareness Month, and natural time to engage in education and advocacy at their places of employment. We also encourage you to Celebrate Neurodiversity – which means to recognize and celebrate the benefits that different ways of thinking, such as those associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders or ADHD, offer to the workplace!

Here are some suggested activities for you and your workplace:
  1. Education: Become informed on the benefits of hiring individuals on the Spectrum and steps that your organization can take to become more ASD-inclusive. Our video, Hiring on the Spectrum, is a great place to start. Visit our Recruiting students with disabilities page or Spectrum Support Program page for more information. You can also download our Hiring on the Spectrum Employer Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders. We offer training for employers to training on how to make their recruiting, training, and managing processes inclusive to employees on the Autism Spectrum.
  2. Community Engagement:  Support ASD organizations by becoming a corporate sponsor or designating them the beneficiary of corporate fundraising efforts. Volunteer for or attend local events ASD-related as a group. AutismUp is a Rochester-based organization; a list of organizations by state is available here.
  3. Connect with Individuals: Lend your expertise to job-seekers on the Spectrum. RIT Career Services regularly holds networking events for students on the Autism Spectrum to connect with professionals and is always looking for mentors. Consider hosting a group of job seekers on the Autism Spectrum to your organization for a tour and networking session.
    Contact Janine at for more information, and follow along on Twitter: #AcceptanceIs.
 Want your own “Celebrate Neurodiversity” swag to display in the workplace? Contact Janine at

Advice from Students: Career Fair and Job Search

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 8:10pm

On Wednesday, February 22nd, six Saunders College of Business student panelists shared their advice on how to work career fairs and job searches. Though the panel was organized for SCB and COLA students, their tips can be helpful for anyone who feels intimidated or unsure about their career experience, so we wanted to share them with you.

Make yourself stand out.
Know your story. To stand out, it's all about spinning your story. What do you want to tell employers about yourself that would make you different?
Tell them how you're going to apply your experience to your next job. Tell them why you want to work for their company. Show them your ambition and why you can be a valuable asset.
Show your unique aspects. Every person is different, and it's important to share what that is about yourself that will make you memorable.

Your appearance should be professional. Instead of wearing a vibrant shirt, Jacob recommends keeping it crisp and clean with a white shirt (maybe checkered) with a powerful tie.
Wear minimal makeup and avoid overbearing perfumes and colognes.
Very important: wear comfortable shoes for career fair! If you don't, eventually you will end up focusing more on the pain in your feet than the recruiters that you waited in line to talk to.
All of this together shows you took time to make sure you look good, and in turn, increases your confidence.
Have a good resume. Get your resume reviewed by peers or by career advisors. Remove any mistakes in spelling or grammar.Mila printed her resume on nice paper, and a recruiter showed it off to her colleagues saying, "See? Business students know how to do it right." You don't necessarily have to print it on nice paper, but taking that extra step can go a long way.
Be as prepared as you can be.
Research companies ahead of time. Ethan regrets not doing so the first time he attended a career fair. Now, he highly suggests that you apply for a position at the company beforehand. This gives you more to talk about with the recruiter.

Set your expectations for what you are looking for. Advocate for yourself. If you don't get anything out of career fair, use it as an opportunity to gain experience in networking and practicing your elevator pitch. Jacob reminds us that, "if you're doing what you love, you will be successful."

Bring a padfolio with you. This gives you a place to collect business cards and take notes on what recruiters are saying.

Practice to minimize your margin for mess up. Set up mock interviews. Look up potential questions and rehearse your answers. Employers want to see how you approach a question, not necessarily what your answer is. No one knows everything, but how you approach a problem is what makes you different from the next.
Oksana recommended "Breaking into Wall Street" for finance students, which walks you through tons of questions you may be asked.

Have a strategy for career fair.
Avoid large companies with long lines, such as Google or Apple. These companies are always crowded during career fair, but they're also always on campus with information sessions or tables. Take advantage of speaking with smaller companies at the fair, and take time to attend other events with larger companies.

But at the same time, don't ignore large companies with smaller tables. These companies offer unique opportunities to students, and you may never know if it is right for you.

People with the tiger badge are RIT alumni. If you approach a recruiter with the tiger, it's another topic to bring up and talk about.

Be empathetic with recruiters. Alison emphasized this point, because it is a good first step in establishing a personal relationship. She mentioned saying things like, "I know you had a long day, but I just want a few minutes to talk to you about..." You can also offer them a bottle of water from the volunteer table.

Mention your major to recruiters, especially if it is different from the usual major they may be recruiting for. They might have a separate line for you.
For example, if you are an MIS student who wants to talk to an engineering company, the long line might just be engineering students looking to speak to their recruiter while the business recruiter has no line at all.

They might not be recruiting your major at career fair, but that doesn't mean they're not recruiting it at all. Oftentimes, employers sends recruiters only for specific majors at RIT. Ask if there is someone you can contact at the company that might be hiring for your field. Of course, still do your research beforehand about the company and the jobs they offer.

Follow up with recruiters.
You want to send a thank you email within 24 hours of meeting them. Use the contact information on their business card or ask your career coordinator for their email. All recruiters are required to register as well, and many have allowed us to share their information with students upon request.

Mention something unique from your conversation. This is why it is important to take mental or physical notes. This gives you something to bring up in that email for them to recall.

So many people don't do this, so take the time to show you really care about maintaining a relationship with them.

Volunteer for career fair.
Take the time to help out. This may sound strange, but volunteering can also put you at an advantage with employers. Ben has volunteered in the past, and he always enjoys being able to speak with recruiters before the rush. It's more casual and personal, which makes it more memorable.
Be aggressive.
Find what you want to do, and use that to do your job search. Many companies don't care what your major is. They want to see how you can fill in the gaps they have in their company. Frame conversations in ways that show how you can contribute to their company, and how what you know and what you do can benefit them.

If you want it, go and get it. Set a goal and don't stop until you get it. It takes a lot of hard work to get what you want. No one is going to hand it to you.

Remember, it doesn't stop when you get a job or when you graduate. There may be setbacks along the way, but if you continue to work towards your goals, you will get it in the end.

Reach out to those in your desired field.
Set up meetings or phone calls with people in a company or field you want to work in. Cold calling shows people that you are willing to take risks to get what you want.
But here are a few do's and don'ts of this strategy:
Do: Focus on building a relationship. It may start with you asking them a lot of questions, but aim to make it a conversation. In the long run, this makes them feel more comfortable hiring someone that they know.
Don't: Do not ask them for a job or make it blatantly obvious that you are looking for one. This will cause them to feel like they wasted their time if they don't have a job to offer you. Don't ask them how much they make or salary unless they bring it up first. It gives off the impression that you are only in it for the money.

Network with classmates, join clubs, and go to meetings and events. Speak to the people around you, because you will never know who you can develop a relationship with. Alison was able to set up an interview with Southwest Airlines after meeting a classmate who worked for them at an event. Having an employee recommend you to HR helps you stand out in the process. Remember, you are still responsible for your own interview and the rest of the hiring process, but this is a great push to start with.

Optimize your LinkedIn.
Make sure you are updating your LinkedIn. This is a platform many employers use to see what you are doing. Continuously keeping it up to date gives them something to look at and also puts you higher in search results for recruiters.

Constantly connect with people. Network as much as you can. Connect with people you worked with or know. Build relationships with those you want to work with. Use the platform to contact them and set up that phone call or interview. Remember to always include a personal message with the invitation! Connecting with people through mobile with not allow you to do this, so aim to send connection requests only through desktop.

Share articles. Keep interacting. This shows your interests and values. It shows that you are invested in your field and are passionate about the topic. Share, like, and comment on posts that spark your interest. If an employer sees that you shared an article they also enjoyed, it builds a relationship before you even started talking to them.

The job search process is difficult and is never easy, but don't give up on it. Even if you are not successful the first few times around, keep pushing towards your goal, and you will reach it.

Thank you to our wonderful panelists for sharing their advice!

Have questions for our panelists? Connect with them on LinkedIn:

Oksana Tymkiv (Finance)
Alison Schrmerhorn (New Media Marketing and MIS)

Don't Take the Job Yet: Job Scams Warning

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:30pm

The FBI recently released a public service announcement, warning college students of employment scams that have resulted in financial loss to the students involved.

Through online job postings, applicants will receive an email from the employer about a check for them to deposit into their personal banking account. Then, the student is instructed to keep a portion as their pay and transfer the rest to a different account to cover the cost for supplies or other expenses. However, eventually, the bank will confirm that the check was counterfeit.

This is one common form of job scams that has affected RIT students. This has happened not only for job postings, but also housing and other employment-related transactions.

RIT Information Security and Public Safety are working to find scams and report them to the RIT community as they occur.

Jobs posted on RIT Job Zone are filtered and vetted before becoming available to students and alumni to apply. It is important, however, to always be cautious of postings available online.

If you believe you have received a similar email, contact RIT Public Safety at (585)475-2873.

For learn more on how to identify these scams, visit our Job Scams information page.

How to Pick a Major

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:36pm
graphic with majors on sign postPicking a major can seem like a daunting task at times. Selecting an academic program is a big commitment and can feel overwhelming to even the most confident student. We recommend weighing several factors before making your choice, including exploring your interests, researching related occupations, and reviewing degree opportunities.
Exploring your Interests. Personal interests and passions drive major choice for many. To gather clues about what majors might be a good fit for you, reflect on the following questions:1) Think about why you decided to come to RIT in the first place.2) What about this campus do you enjoy being a part of, what kind of clubs intrigue you?3) What websites, apps, magazines, and books do you enjoy most? What do you like about them?4) Which classes did you enjoy the most in high school?5) Which topics do you enjoy discussing with others?If you find yourself struggling to identify interests in connection with majors you can do a self-guided interest assessment or make an appointment with a career counselor by calling 585-475-2301. You also may find our Career group, Break Through the Career Clutter: An Exploration Workshop Series helpful!
Be curious and do some research!  Allow yourself to be curious about any major! Keep in mind that committing to a major is not committing to a specific occupation. There are many occupations that can fall under the umbrella of a single major. If you want to explore all of the occupations associated with a given major What Can I Do With This Major?  is a great place to start. Once you have an idea of the occupations available for majors you are interested in, you can research average starting salaries, job outlook, work environment, important skill sets, and more at resources like Occupational Outlook Handbook and ONet Online. Informational interviews are an excellent way to increase your knowledge about a specific major or occupation. These interviews can be with a professional in the field you are thinking about entering or with a student or faculty/staff member associated with the major you are exploring.
Unsure? If you are unsure whether your current major is a perfect fit or not, that is okay! Sometimes learning more about your major can help clarify things. Various types of support are available to any student considering changing their major. Meeting with a career counselor is a good place to start. We can help you clarify your thoughts and review your options. You also might like to attend Thinking of Changing your Major?  Workshop series. Remember, it’s never too late to explore your options and start planning for your future!
graphic dream job sign
Explore alternatives! If there is something you are interested in learning more about that you are not learning through your major, explore a minor or immersion in that subject area. RIT has a lot of options, so explore them all! Dual degrees, double majors, and combined degrees (such as a BS/MS) are good options for some students. See your academic advisor for assistance navigating academic requirements and making sure you stay on track.

By Amanda Dunn
Career Counselor Intern
RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

One of LinkedIn's Best Features: The Alumni Tool

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:17am
One of the VERY best features of LinkedIn is your ability to easily identify and connect with alumni in LinkedIn.

With LinkedIn's latest user interface makeover, that feature (which used to appear on your own LinkedIn account under My Network/Find Alumni) has moved. Now you can find it by visiting any official University LinkedIn page and filter results from there.

The Rochester Institute University page gives you the opportunity to gain career insights on well over 100,000 alumni. Filter alumni by dates they attended, where they live, where they work, what they do, what they studied, what they are skilled at and how you are connected. Can you see how this can help you build a network of contacts that would be meaningful to you? Here's an example, I just located four potential new contacts in Greater Atlanta area (Where They Live), currently at GE (Where They Work), involved in Mechanical Engineering (What They Do). So if I want advice about a potential move to Atlanta or what is like to work for GE, I might reach out and make a connection. After all, Tigers will help Tigers.

So take advantage of this great tool to learn about career paths, companies that hire RIT alumni, or just to find a contact in a city you plan to move too -- the list of possibilities is endless!

by Gretchen E. Burruto, Assistant Director for Web and Social Media
RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

LinkedIn Students: A Student Perspective

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:53am

You may have seen this slide floating around in your colleges, and if you didn't already know, RIT started collaborating with LinkedIn for the LinkedIn Students app. It gives students an easy guide for their career exploration.

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Sundy and I work as the Student Social Media Manager for RIT Career Services and Cooperative Education. I am a third year New Media Marketing major here at RIT. I have been using the LinkedIn Students app for about a month now, and here are my thoughts.

When I started using LinkedIn Students, I didn't really expect much out of it. I have had a LinkedIn profile set up for a while now and I know of all the different features it has to offer, such as LinkedIn Jobs, career articles, and most important, the networking. Yet, even though I knew they were there, I never really used them. I didn't go on LinkedIn as often as I should, and most of the time my profile was just sitting there. I was never really sure how to truly optimize my profile to assist me in my professional career.

I know for a fact that I'm not the only one who felt this way. It's easy to set up a LinkedIn profile, but the difficult part is actually using it. Every individual is unique. We each have our unique majors, talents, and dream careers, so how we approach our career journeys should be unique to each of us.

So how do we accommodate for that?

Now we have LinkedIn Students.

They know that we're all different. That's why each day you get personalized cards that they think you will find helpful. Not only do they suggest possible career paths you might want to explore, but they also offer the right people to connect with. The more you save in "My Stuff," the more accurate each day's cards will be in aligning with what you may be looking for in your career journey.
You get five cards a day, each completely different from yesterday's cards.

The first is the Roles Card, which shows you detailed information about roles held by an alum with the same major. For example, I may consider becoming a Public Relations Specialist. General information and a brief description can be seen on the card. If you click on it, you can see the full description of what the role entails.
Included in this description are:

- Median salary,
- What they do,
- Alumni who have this role,
- Top companies for this role,
- Top Skills for this role, and
- Similar roles to check out.

These role suggestions are usually jobs held by recent RIT graduates who have similar backgrounds. If you're interested in the role, you can tap the star at the bottom to save it to "My Stuff."

My favorite card are the Articles Cards. It might sound boring and it may seem like the least relevant feature in finding a job after graduation, but the articles they suggest give you helpful advice to optimize your job search experience as well as push you to your fullest potential in your career. I've come across articles about being a leader (pictured), acing your interview, and motivating you through your job search process. My favorites so far have been "How to Stop Screening Yourself Out," "Resumes That I Can't Forget," and "3 Tips for Using Social Media to Jumpstart your Job Search."

These articles are not only written by career professionals, but also by students just like you and me.
Finding a job post-graduation is hard. These articles help you feel more informed and prepared for what is to come.
This is where it starts to become more specific. Company Cards, as the name would suggest, recommend companies who hire from RIT. Many of them you may recognize from the Career Fair and Job Zone, and are employing RIT alumni who graduated with your degree. As you continue to add companies you like to "My Stuff," these cards will become closer and closer to the kind of companies you will want to work for.

On the card, they list the name of the company, their industry (for example, Johnson & Johnson is in Hospital & Health Care), and the size of the company.

If you click on the card, you can view more company information, current alumni who work there, roles that match your profile description, and similar companies.

There are thousands of companies that are hiring across the country, and having to sift through them is difficult. This helps you easily narrow it down to match what you want to do.

LinkedIn is the best platform to get you connected to the people that will help you along your career journey, so this card is useful for anyone, anywhere on their career journey.

On LinkedIn Students, you get suggested new alumni you can reach out to in the Alumni Cards. You can view their profiles and learn more about what they do, use it as inspiration for your own profile, and of course, connect. Even if you are not looking for a job or co-op any time soon, networking early will help in the future when you are looking.

The recommendations are mostly based off of the roles that you have saved in "My Stuff." One of the first roles I saved was Online Marketing Manager. Baird Wilber (pictured) is a 2015 grad who currently works as a Digital Marketing Coordinator, which is perfect. I can connect with him and talk to him about what the role is like and understand whether or not it seems like the work I want to do.

Now, if you are looking for a full time position, the Jobs Cards offer specific job openings that you can apply to on LinkedIn Jobs. These are, again, companies that hire from RIT, and based on your major, your background, and your skills.

On the card they show the job title, company, and location. If you're interested, you can click on the card for more information about the company and the job, as well as apply. If the company is not quite the right fit, you can also see more jobs with this title. Tap on the star to save in "My Stuff" and view it later.

I have come across postings from very unique companies that I have never heard of before. When looking for job postings online, it gets overwhelming with the long extensive list of companies hiring for all these different positions. Viewing them individually, one per day, is a lot easier to process and filter through.

There is always more ways you can improve the career search. Extra Credit Cards offer suggestions on improving your profile, preparing resumes, and even helping a friend out.

Each day they give you five cards, but if you don't want to wait a whole 24 hours before getting new ones, you can always see more ideas immediately after flipping through the first five.

"My Stuff" is fairly straight forward, listing all of the content you have saved in the past all in one place.

The LinkedIn Students app has been really helpful is making the career exploration process less stressful. It makes it easier to digest the abundance of information that is available, and makes it less of a hassle to find what I'm looking for. If you were to do your job search outside of this app, it's relatively similar in that after searching through the large flux of information, you will find the positions that are right for you. At first, it may not be exactly what you had in mind, but eventually you will find the information you need and want. As you keep finding all these roles, companies, and jobs, you will be able to narrow it down. This just makes the process quicker and more efficient. It is a new app, and LinkedIn is continuously working to improve it and make it better.

(Please note this app is meant only for current students. If you are not a current student, it will adversely affect your profile.)

During the Career Fair

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:06am

Professionalism and Communication

Career fairs can be intimidating and overwhelming. The tips below will give you an idea of what to expect at the event, and how to get through it successfully.


What to Expect

  • A large room, with rows and rows of booths or tables of companies.
  • It will be crowded, with long lines at some tables, and loud. Be prepared to wait.
  • If you haven't pre-registered, student registration tables are usually located at the entrance to the fair. Here you will be asked to swipe your RIT ID, create a name tag.
  • At the RIT Fall & Spring University-Wide Fairs, many companies stay to conduct interviews the next day in the Field House.

What to Bring

  • Download the Career Fair Plus app on your phone and/or any notes you have on the companies. 
  • Copies of your resume, transcript and samples of your work, if appropriate. (Note: because of regulations, employers may need to track their applicants and for some companies the best first step is to apply through their web site.)
  • A pad of paper and pen, to take notes.
  • A padfolio or folder to carry your resumes and notes, and to store business cards and company literature.

Plan Your Strategy

  • Apply for positions or submit your resume ahead of time through the company's web site -- earn points by letting the recruiter know you have taken this initiative.
  • Plan to arrive early and stay late – this will enable you to meet with every company in which you’re interested.
  • After you check in, survey the layout of the fair, and prioritize the employers with whom you’d like to speak, identify the information you want to get from them, and specify goals you hope to achieve.
  • You may want to start by approaching organizations that have a lower priority, to get your feet wet and gain confidence before approaching your top choices.

Make a Good First Impression

  • Dress for success – interview attire is preferred. You should choose a conservative approach to your dress. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking and standing for long periods of time. How you look will play a big part in determining employer interest. (Check out our Pinterest Dress for Success boards for good ideas).
  • Approach the employer, shake hands, smile, and introduce yourself. Remember to maintain eye contact. Be enthusiastic!
  • Be polite – don’t interrupt the employer reps or your fellow job-seekers, don’t monopolize the recruiter’s time.

Market Yourself

  • Be memorable – conversations may seem casual, but you are actually being evaluated. Be direct and visible so recruiters will remember you and what you said.
  • Start with your “60 second commercial” to introduce yourself. The goal is to connect your background to the organization’s needs.
  • You may only have a few minutes to market yourself and gain an interview, so make the most of your time. Be prepared to explain why you came to the company’s table, and what skills and qualifications you have to offer the company.
  • Be articulate, and show confidence in your voice. The room will be noisy, and you’ll need to speak clearly and avoid using filler words, such as “um,” “like,” “you know.”
  • As you leave each employer, learn what the next step in their process is and what, if anything, you should do to advance your candidacy.

More Career Fair Tips

  • Make sure you get the representative’s business card or contact information. Take time to make notes of your discussion after you finish speaking with each company, before you move on. Without notes, you may become confused if you’ve visited several companies in quick succession.
  • Explore all your options – speak with companies you may not have considered before.
  • Make the most of your wait in line – look the company up and read about the company while waiting.
  • Don’t just randomly hand out resumes – if you’re not interested in a company, don’t approach them. It would only be a waste of time for both of you.
  • Don’t be disappointed when you finally get your chance to talk with the recruiter and they encourage you apply through their site, rather than take your resume. Because of regulations, employers may need to track their applicants and for some companies the best first step is through their site.
  • If the company representative works in a different field than the one you’re interested in, do still talk with the company, being sure to leave with the contact information for the person responsible for hiring in that area; don’t be discouraged and walk away.
  • Network with your fellow job-seekers – share information about job leads, companies, and their recruiting strategies and styles.
  • Don’t expect to be offered a job at the career fair, but it is not uncommon to get offered an interview. Know your schedule, and schedule any interview you can attend. If you’re not interested in the company, do not take the interview.
  • Be polite at all times. The person you meet in the parking lot, elevator, hallway, or restroom may be a recruiter you’ll see later that day.
  • If you expect companies to call for an interview/follow-up, make sure you have a “serious” message on your voicemail.
  • Follow up with any lead you learn of during the fair.  
 For more information, visit How to Work a Career Fair.

Why I LIke the LInkedIn Student App

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:52am

By Manny Contomanolis, PhD and RIT Senior Associate Vice President and Director of Career Services

I like the new LinkedIn Student App! There – I said it!

It’s nearly impossible to be involved in college and university career services work today without a strong working knowledge of and appreciation for LinkedIn, and its growing power and influence in connecting job seekers with available opportunities of all kinds. Consequently, when the LinkedIn Student App was soft-launched in April, after having been piloted at three different universities – University of Central Florida, Arizona State University, and San Jose State University – I was surprised that there was not the initial enthusiasm for the new app that frankly I expected. I had questioning colleagues reach out to me to learn more about the app, often with a healthy dose of skepticism about LinkedIn’s real commitment to career services organizations and with concerns about the app’s usefulness given the other mobile applications already out there.

Despite various fits and starts in truly connecting with the career services community, I believe in LinkedIn. In fact, I am even more of a believer now that Microsoft has purchased LinkedIn. I believe that when the deal is actually completed not only will we see a stronger LinkedIn product line more closely integrated with Microsoft products but we will finally see LinkedIn make its enormous data set and related analytics more available to individual higher education institutions. I think LinkedIn has finally figured out career services organizations are truly important to their efforts and is working hard to move forward with renewed commitment.

So why do I like this app?

The LinkedIn Student App is like nothing else ever developed by LinkedIn. It is designed specifically for college students making the job search easier by breaking it down into smaller daily steps of career exploration and action.

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4 Things to Expect From Your First Career Counseling Appointment

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:30am

Maybe the major you picked isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Maybe you want to learn more

about careers in your major. Maybe you are looking for some clarification for your academic, career, and life goals. Regardless of your reasons for coming to career counseling, you may be a bit nervous about your first appointment. Here is what you can expect:

#1: We will get to know each other

Your first career counseling appointment will be scheduled for one hour to allow for plenty of time to explore your background, goals, interests, skills, and more! This information allows us to develop a good understanding of your situation. Making plans for the future takes time; there is no pressure to make a decision after one appointment. Your counselor will ask questions to stimulate your thinking, provide encouragement, and suggest follow-up appointments and activities based on your goals.

#2 You’ll have a chance to ask your questions

Your career counseling appointment is a perfect time to address your questions and concerns. No question is off limits. If we don’t know the answer, we will do our best to put you in touch with someone who does!

#3 We won’t decide for you!

Career counseling will help you learn more about yourself, the decision-making process, and relevant information for careers of interest. We will listen to you and help you formulate action plans and goals, but the responsibility for career decisions lies with you.

#3 You might leave with (a little) homework

After your first appointment, we often give suggestions of research you can do to look into majors and careers that you are interested in, instructions to contact other helpful individuals or departments on campus, or career assessments to complete and review at a subsequent appointment.

A note about Confidentiality: Everything you say in your career counseling appointment is held in confidence, meaning the counselor cannot discuss it with other people. There may be instances where your counselor needs to share information with others: 1) At your request, we may share information with Career Services Coordinator to help you develop additional career or job search options., 2) If student divulges or is perceived as likely to commit any act of violence to self or others, the counselor must alert authorities as legally required, and 3) if a student reports being sexually assaulted, the counselor has a legal duty to make a report to RIT’s Title IX Coordinator.

Wait… come back! You may find that your interests and goals change and evolve with time. A return visit to your career counselor can help you continue to work toward your goals and get the information and resources you need to help you on your way.

Ready to make an appointment? Call us at 585-475-2301 or stop into the Bausch and Lomb Center, Office of Career Services.

By Janine Rowe, Career Counselor, Assistant Director for Disability Services

Working at Startup Companies

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 2:02pm
Periscope. Tarte Cosmetics. Sweet Leaf Tea. Buzzfeed.
If you’re wondering what these companies who create and supply completely different products could possibly have in common, the answer is that they all began as startups, and have blossomed into booming business ventures. While being employed at a startup at its inception can be a bit risky, they are often worth the rewards. Here is some general information about working for startups as both a co-op student and full-time employee alike.
·         Startups are generally fairly small. As an intern or professional, you may have several duties within your initial position. You’ll gain expertise in a variety of fields related to the company, and while that may increase your workload, you will obtain diverse transferable skills. ·         There are opportunities for ownership in the company. Since it is just beginning to expand, you may be able to purchase a fair amount of stock in the company, or be eligible for leadership roles sooner rather than later. ·         You’ll be working with the latest innovative technology. Startups have to rely on advanced communication and marketing methods, solid business models, and products that solve problems that may not have been approachable in the past. Therefore, startup employees may be some of the first people to ever use a certain kind of software or programming language. They have the chance to be creative right from the get-go and discover how to fix any flaws in the products at hand. ·         Personal growth and promotion are inevitable. You will be a part of a smaller team that allows for equitable division of work and thus many chances to promote your own skills as you advance within the company and overall as a professional. Experience at a successful startup can put your resume at the top of the pile.  ·         It is important to educate yourself about a startup company’s goals and practices prior to accepting a position. offers free online classes on various topics related to working in these non-traditional environments. The classes are relatively short and come directly from leaders in the startup field. Look into these courses and use them to research the specifics of companies you’re interested in—know who and what to look for at interviews and in the workplace. ·         Keep your resume updated and note any side projects. Have you developed a website for a friend’s business? Did you create an app for a class? Any personal projects through which you have gained skills that will be useful at a startup are important to note; they show creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication!
For more information on the startup industry, and resources for finding jobs at startups, check out Startup Companies:Information & Resources on the RIT Career Services site.
By Hayley Johnson, Graduate Intern, RIT Office of Career Services

Employers, April is Autism Acceptance Month!

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:30am

Many of us already know someone on the Autism Spectrum (US Census Bureau estimates that 7 million Americans are closely related to someone on the Spectrum). All of us can take action to advocate for individuals on the Spectrum in the workplace, and many individuals find April, Autism Awareness Month, and natural time to engage in education and advocacy at their places of employment.  
Here are some suggested activities for you and your workplace:

Education: Become informed on the benefits of hiring individuals on the Spectrum and steps that your organization can take to become more ASD-inclusive. Our video, Hiring on the Spectrum, is a great place to start. Visit our Recruiting students with disabilities page or Spectrum Support Program page for more information. You can also download our Hiring on the Spectrum Employer Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders. RIT is also available to provide training for your organization on recruitment, hiring, and supervisory strategies for those working with someone on the Autism Spectrum.
Community Engagement:  Support ASD organizations by becoming a corporate sponsor or designating them the beneficiary of corporate fundraising efforts. Volunteer for or attend local events ASD-related as a group. AutismUp is a Rochester-based organization; a list of organizations by state is available here.
Connect with individuals: Lend your expertise to job-seekers on the Spectrum. RIT Career Services regularly holds networking events for students on the Autism Spectrum to connect with professionals and is always looking for mentors. Consider hosting a group of job seekers on the Autism Spectrum to your organization for a tour and networking session. Contact DisabilityRecruit@rit.edufor more information, and follow along on Twitter - #AcceptanceIs.

Written byJanine Rowe, MSEd., NCC
Career Counselor | Assistant Director of Disability Services RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education

The Career Fair is Over. Now What?

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 5:17pm

Tips From The Career Services And Co-op Office On How To Keep The Momentum Going!

  • Follow up! The contact list of employers from the Fair will be available soon at the Co-op Office. If there is an employer you want to connect with but did not get their information you can come to the office and get it (provided the employer agreed to release their information). Send an email to the companies that you are MOST interested in to follow up; always attach a current resume whenever you email a company. Be sure you complete a profile as well as apply to posted positions on the employer career’s link. Keep checking Job Zone as many of these same employers will post positions.
  • If you had an interview – it is essential to write a thank you note! Send the thank you email within 24 hours.  Reiterate your interest in the position and restate your most outstanding qualification for that particular employer.
  • Connect with employers on LinkedIn. Once you have connected, stay in touch with them.  Be careful to stay in touch with permission.
  • Keep detailed records of companies you spoke with, which positions you applied to, who you spoke with.
  • Practice your interviewing skills! You never know when you may hear from an employer you met at the fair.
  • Never ever ignore an employer call, email or text.  Be professional and return the contact within the work day if possible or early the next work day.

Maybe The Career Fair Wasn’t Quite As Successful For You As You Had Hoped It Would Be

What should you be doing now to find a position?  Don’t give up, below are the suggestions.

  • Job Zone  Keep checking our website 2x a week for new listings.
  • Other Sites &  Use your major as the keyword.  If you are looking for a co-op add “intern” to your major.  Many companies call the jobs” internships”.  As long as they are paid, full-time and the work is related to your major, it will be counted as a co-op. Your friends aren’t using these outside websites to find places to apply.  Use them and get ahead of the competition.
  • Apply to Everything Do not be picky about location or company.  Many employers assist with housing. Don’t worry that you don’t have every skill on the job listing. For a co-op search, you want to send at least 75 resumes.
  • Network  Be sure you have a LinkedIn Profile. Connect with employers and alumni who may be able to give job leads.  LinkedIn also has a job listing database to search for potential opportunities. Join a club or engineering society to reach out and network with employers.
  • Volunteer You never know who you might meet.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 3:41pm
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held every October, is a time to celebrate the contributions of employees with disabilities. This year, the 2015 NDEAM theme “Who I Am” portrays nine individuals with disabilities describing their various life roles, including employment.
Many employers hiring RIT students have a strong history of hiring candidates with disabilities, and often seek out candidates with disabilities when making new hires. In addition to hiring qualified candidates with disabilities, here are suggestions on how you and your company can show your support for disability employment.
Find candidates with disabilities through Workforce Recruitment Program. ODEP maintains a database of pre-screen college students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking full-time and co-op opportunities.
Train managers. Training plays a crucial role in building inclusive workspaces. In addition to providing education on disability etiquette and reasonable accommodation policies, specific training is available through NTID’s Center on Employment on working with Deaf/Hard of hearing employees in their “Working Together” workshop. RIT Career Services also offers training on working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Make application accessible. Your online application systems may be the candidates’ first impression of your company’s commitment to inclusion. Make sure it accessible by following DOL's tips
Highlight employees with disabilities. Be sure that your website, promotional pieces, and online employee profiles highlight your employees with disabilities in a positive, non-stigmatizing way.
Reach out to your community.  If your company participates in community service events such as Day of Caring, consider giving your support to a disability advocacy organization.
Connect with Deaf/Hard of hearing candidates at the Center on Employment at NTID.
Post with care. Many potential job candidates will connect with you on social media, so check that your posts are accessible to people with disabilities. Provide close captioning for videos, avoid abbreviations and spell out acronyms in posts, and provide links to pages with captions or transcripts of your video and audio content whenever possible.
For more information about hiring students with disabilities, contact Janine Rowe, Assistant Director, Disability Services, Rochester Institute of Technology Office of Career Services, at

Free Form Factory: An Interview with a Startup

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:00am

You may have heard about start ups, but what are they, and how does one form? There are a lot of resources on entrepreneurship at RIT through Saunders, the Simone Center or maybe you have learned about it through your coursework and classmates. But sometimes, it's hard to teach such an ambiguous and dynamic topic. We reached out to an RIT Alum, Jordan Darling, who created a company called "Free Form Factory, Inc." to hopefully bring a little insight on what a start-up is and what it takes.

Describe your company and what you do

Free Form Factory Inc. is an advanced manufacturing company, currently focused on high performance personal watercraft. Free Form Factory is dedicated to create freedom on the water. Our first hull, FFF 1.0, is the world's first polymer construction high performance jet ski hull. Free Form Factory has developed proprietary manufacturing techniques and worked with one of the leading polymer manufactures to find a new material to manufacture jet ski hulls, known as Hulklite. Free Form Factory has released its first hull and will be shipping world wide in July 2015. This summer we will be expanding into additional products in the action sports market. Please check out our website and social media pages for more information. @freeformfactory 

Was starting a business something you have always wanted to do? Why?

​Yes, from a young age I have always had the entrepreneurship bug. ​I worked for various companies while at school, to fulfill my co-op requirements. Although it paid well, it wasn't for me.​ I preferred building my own company and doing what I love, while making​ money.​

What kind of benefits do you think developing a start-up has over working for a pre-existing company?

​By developing your own company, ​you control how the company runs and how it is structured. You hire your employees, you pick the location, you drive the company to success. But on the flip side is, you are the one making all of the decisions and not all of them will be correct. Things will break, products will fail, its not the end of the world, it just matters how you react and how quickly you can make the fix and learn from your mistakes. If nothing is going wrong, or nothing is breaking, you're not working hard enough. So expect it and always plan for failures.

What was the biggest struggle you've had to overcome with developing your company?

​The biggest struggle that I had to overcome was balancing my time between starting/running my company and finishing my final semesters at RIT.​ It came to a point where my some of my school work was sacrificed in order for my business to grow.

What is the most rewarding experience you've had?

​The most rewarding experience so far was when I got to ride our new hull (our first product) for the first time. It was a huge relief and accomplishment at the same time. As a company we put so much time and effort into designing and building our first hull and it took nearly 6 months before it touched the water.​

Is working for a start-up company an option for students? Do you have advice for those students looking to work for a start-up for co-op or full-time after graduation?

​Yes, Free Form Factory is looking for interns and or co-ops for Summer and Fall 2015​ semesters (NOTE: Posted in Job Zone) I would highly recommend working for a start up company for one of the required co-op terms. One, it will allow you to see how working for a small company is over a large corporation. Two, you will most likely have more duties and responsibilities than you would working for a larger company. Three, you will be involved in a company at its earlier stages and depending on your performance and how well you work with others, you will have a better chance of getting a full time offer. All of those aside, I would still recommend co-oping for a larger company because that may be a better fit, but you won't know until you try.

What advice would you give any RIT student who wants to begin a start-up company?

​Go for it, while you're still young. You have nothing to lose.​

​For more information about Free Form Factory please visit our website at