Career Services

A lifetime of service...

Our department prides itself on excellent service to alumni.  Graduates of SUNY Oswego are highly valued, and we will do everything we can to assist you in the pursuit of your goals. There may be several reasons for your visit to our site today - how can we help you?

1.  I need help finding a job:
You are in the right place, as we have a variety of on and offline cutting edge tools, resources, and staff that can assist you.

2.  I want to hire SUNY Oswego students and alumni:
Wonderful!  There are a variety of avenues you can take to post your opportunities where your target population will see them.  Log-in to OsweGoConnect to post job opportunities and hire a Laker today!"  Depending on the position you seek to fill, we'll ask for your permission to share your information with other interested alumni and/or targeted college personnel for distribution to current students (internships, co-ops, PT/FT positions, etc.)

3.  I want to get more involved with my alma mater:
We have many on and off campus activities (conferences, networking and social events, educational programs) and we'd love for you to get involved! 


1.  I need help finding a job:

We can help!  We have both "Hi-Tech" and "Hi-Touch" services for you.

 Hi-TOUCH ASSISTANCE:

We offer our alumni many opportunities to develop and polish their professional brand and interact with employers and graduate schools.  Please feel free to attend any of our events and activities - just contact our office at 315.312.2255 to let us know you are coming.  Below are just a few examples of the opportunities we have for you!  Specific dates will change from year to year.

 Career Fairs 
THE place to practice your networking skills, your 30 second commercial, your handshake, and more.  Each fall we have a Human Services & Volunteer Career Fair, Graduate School Fair, and the Fall Career & Internship Fair; each spring we host our annual Spring Career Fair and our Futures in Finance Event.

Conferences
Health Care Careers Conference:   In one evening, you'll learn about a variety of career paths in the health care industry (By the way: think Public Relations, Accounting, Sales, and more).  

 Networking & Etiquette Events

It really IS who you know, and leveraging relationships to get ahead is key to reaching your goals.   Don't forget - networking at our career fairs or conferences is an excellent strategy!
Etiquette Dining Events:   Learning which fork to use and what to do with your napkin when you get up is just the beginning of dining etiquette!  Set yourself apart from the crowd by understanding how to make professional introductions, being aware of the many cultural differences in this setting, the nuances of networking over a meal, how to manage alcohol consumption (including how to decline), and much more!  There is a pre-registration process and a nominal charge to cover the multi-course meal expenses.

The New York City Career Connections event is an outstanding venue to network with world-class professionals - who also happen to be SUNY Oswego alumni!

Career Counseling Appointments

These sessions can be conducted either in person or on the phone to discuss any career related concerns you may have. We will assist you in any stage of career development: self-assessment, career exploration, and job/graduate school search. You are welcome to take our online self-assessment inventories to identify your strengths, interests, and abilities - this can include FOCUS II, StrengthsQuest, or the MBTI. We can assist you with identifying potential careers that fit your unique set of education, experience, skills, interests, and abilities. Additionally, we can personally review job search documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.), graduate school applications, etc.

Resource Center

Although our online resources are extensive, we have a very helpful library of directories, career exploration publications, books, journals and other resources that will assist you in your career development. We also have multiple computers and offer free printing of your resume/cover letter on bonded paper.  You can drop by M-F, 10-4:30pm.

Mock Interviews

Alumni may take advantage of digitally recorded practice interviews via a free account with "Optimal Resume." If you are local and prefer an in-person mock interview, make an appointment with a career counselor, bring your resume and come dressed for an interview. The actual interview will only take part of the time while the rest of the time is spent reviewing the video for helpful feedback.

HI-TECH ASSISTANCE:
Optimal Resume
We can offer you an incredible online tool to help you build and store unlimited professional resumes and cover letters, conduct video practice interviews, design portfolios and your professional website, search for jobs, and more. Frankly, this is one of the best programs, anywhere - at any price - and students and alumni are raving about it!  Did we mention this is FREE for you to use?

Job Vacancy Postings - LakerLeads

Our office receives a great number of job vacancies every day. We compile these vacancies into our online LakerLeads Career Management System, where you can conduct targeted searches as well as directly apply for positions, all for FREE!  

Online Reference Account

This optional, fee-based service allows users to submit online reference requests to the writers of your choice, either on or off campus, thus collecting and maintaining confidential and/or non-confidential letters of reference for your future use.   This easy to navigate system allows you to receive real-time updates on the status of your references.   It also makes submitting letters MUCH easier for reference writers since they only need to write one letter of reference, which can be submitted for multiple employment opportunities or graduate schools.  Once reference letters have been uploaded to your account, creating reference packets is a breeze...simply place an order within your Online Reference Account to the desired employer or graduate school. We'll do the rest for you - in most cases within 24-48 hours! 

CareerShift: Job listings, contact information for networking, and company research - all in one place.  Our students love this program - start and manage your free account today! 24/7 customer support available - what more could you ask for?  Search by keyword, type of position, geographic location, and much more.  Thousands of jobs just WAITING for you!  ALUMNI: be sure to use your "oswego.edu" email address to login.

Resume and Cover Letter Critiques

It is worth mentioning again - Optimal Resume can help you create professional looking documents that are targeted to the industry and/or job you are seeking.  Review hundreds of examples and access related skills, job descriptions, and more as you totally customize your documents for your particular industry.  Develop the documents and submit them online for critique via the Career Services office and use it to help you reach your career goals.

Mock Interviews

We conduct them in person, but if you can't make it to campus, you can practice your interviewing skills online via Optimal Resume.  Choose the type of interview, the number of questions - even the HR professional who will interview you!  You can submit them for our review or let the online career coach walk you through how to approach the questions.

Reference USA

A web-based research system that allows you to search and save potential employers as well as collect in-depth contact information and organization details.  EVERY organization in the country is in this extensive database!  Due to licensing restrictions, this tool is available exclusively in the Compass Resource Center, but you can save/email yourself the results.  ALUMNI: f you are unable to travel to campus, we may be able to conduct some targeted searches for you and email you the results - please email your request (type of organization and geographic preference) to "compass@oswego.edu"  Although this is not a list of jobs, it can be invaluable in researching employers in your field and geographic area.

Job Choices

An annual job search resource published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers is provided free of charge through Career Services.   This resource and the Educator Handbook are available in three different versions aimed at specific populations and packed with useful articles about job hunting, resumes, interviewing, and much more.  Go online to review Job Choices publications.  Alumni interested in the education market can contact us to obtain a free copy of the American Association for Employment in Education Handbook (this valuable resource offers job search tools for teacher candidates).

Social Media

Harness the power of social media to help you get where you want to go.  Make connections through Linkedin, learn about events through Facebook, stay abreast of opportunities via twitter feeds (broken down by industry!) and RSS (up to the minute job market feeds) and watch our employer videos on topics like resumes, interviewing, and job searching!  Plug into your future now!

Handouts

The Career Services Office has a number of handouts that we make available free to our alumni. For assistance writing resumes and cover letters, putting together portfolios, and practicing your interviewing skills, your first stop should be our "Optimal Resume" program.  Basic guides on our website include: How to Write a Persuasive Resume and Cover Letter, Job Search Correspondence, How to Interview Well, Graduate and Professional School, Informational Interviewing, Sources of Job Vacancies, How to Work a Job Fair, and many others. These handouts are available on our Web site.