Ten Tips for Seniors!

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Following dreams, overcoming obstacles, and growing as professionals is the cornerstone of owning your future. As you prepare for graduation and your next exciting steps, the CDC would like to equip you with the skills, resources, and knowledge to ensure your preparation in post-graduate success.

As the job market is always changing, Purchase graduates stand the best chance in the competition. We encourage you to use these tips to locate employment, launch a career, or gain admission to graduate school:

  1. Clarify your Career Goals: Meet with a Career Counselor to review your job search plan and explore your options as you prepare to graduate.
  2. Further Career Research: Use Focus2, an online career assessment resource and visit our  Exploring Major and Career Possibilities pages for additional resources. For further in-depth exploration & assessment, meet with a career counselor.
  3. CandidCareer: For a peek at helpful career videos, view CandidCareer to get the inside scoop on the field you are interested in as well as tips and advice for your search.
  4. Purchase JobScore and Beyond: Search for opportunities on Purchase JobScore, our job and internship search tool for Purchase students and alumni. Upload your resume (and writing/portfolio samples) to send to employers.  The Expanded Job Search resource is also available to you to gain access to even more opportunities.  Let us help you plan and implement your job search strategies and uncover the best resources for your search.
  5. Sharpen and Focus Your Resume & Cover Letter: Have your resume critiqued and edited by one of our career counselors. Be prepared; you may need multiple versions of your resume, depending on what opportunities you are targeting.  Be prepared to focus your cover letters on the job you are applying to and show your passion
  6. Professional On-Line Presence:  Promote what you have to offer. Keep it current and what you want employers to see. For some fields having a web/social media presence is a necessity.
  1. Practice Interviewing: Present yourself like a pro!  Meet with a career counselor to participate in a “Mock Interview” (video mock available as well!), where you can learn to answer common interview questions.   Can’t come in but want to practice interviewing? Use Interview Stream, our practice interview tool.  A practiced interviewee is a successful interviewee!
  2. Network: Develop a list of contacts and get tips from a career counselor on outreach strategies. Use the resources on the CDC website for ideas about marketing your talents and yourself!  Networks can also be used for informational interviews when conducting career research.  Remember that networking can happen any place at any time!  Extra Tip:  Even if you aren’t currently working, get business cards!   You can customize and brand yourself and be ready to connect with anyone you meet. 
  3. Get on LinkedIn: Create a professional presence on-line and connect with alumni and other professionals in your field of interest. Create an on-line profile that summarizes your professional expertise, accomplishments and skills. LinkedIn provides you with the opportunity to research companies, search for jobs, join alumni and career interest groups, and make connections.  Ask a coworker or supervisor to leave a recommendation so potential employers can see how you have excelled at your job or internship. Join the Purchase College, SUNY Career Development Group, the Purchase College CDC LinkedIn Mentor Network, and the Purchase College Alumni Association Group
  4. Join Professional Associations: While you can still become a student member, (usually at a discounted rate), join professional organizations in your field of interest. Get connected to events, resources and other professionals in the field. You can find organizations on the CDCs Exploring Majors and Career Possibilities pages.