• Best Practices - Career Services

  • Managing Up With Data

    It is increasingly important for career services to think about its story and how data support its value proposition. The external pressures on our institutions have translated into higher expectations and more opportunities for career services to showcase our direct contributions to student success.

    Vetting, Education Keys to Preventing Burn From Fraudulent Job Postings

    How are career centers protecting their students—and the career centers, themselves—from unscrupulous scammers and the fraudulent job postings they often deploy to gain access to students?

    University Website Offers Access to Student Outcomes Data

    American University’s We Know Success website allows visitors to filter employment and graduate school outcomes data by degree level, major, and school; salary distribution; and sector. Results are displayed in an interactive, user-friendly format, and are based on information available from the most recent graduating class years.

    Program Tracks and Scores Students’ Career Preparedness

    Last September, the career development office at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, launched a program to track and score the ongoing professional development of their students throughout their college careers. The scores have been a valuable tool to use to assess students’ career preparedness.

    Developing Meaningful Engagement Opportunities for Students

    Students who engage meaningfully with their career services office from the start of their collegiate careers maximize their chances for successful outcomes. Keys for career services offices are being visible to all students and offering programming that provides value to students throughout their collegiate and professional careers.

    Pitt’s Internship Guarantee Hinges on Completion of Prep Program

    In 2012, the University of Pittsburgh implemented an “Internship Guarantee” whereby students who complete its Internship Prep Program (IPP) and related requirements are guaranteed an internship or other experiential learning opportunity before graduation.

    Using Screencasts as Instructional Tools

    Based on student preferences, Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Career & Professional Development Center has created a series of instructional videos for students using screencast technology. In this case, screencasts are video captures of a computer screen with a voiceover used to instruct students how to do a career-center related task.

    Tips for Helping Students Create an Effective Career ePortfolio

    One way for students to create a favorable online presence is through an ePortfolio.

    Tips for Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans

    Military veterans can face several obstacles when they try to enter or reenter the U.S. work force. Student veterans typically don’t have a frame of reference as to the types of jobs that match the skills they developed in the military. They also tend to have difficulty describing their skills to employers.

    Developing the Industry-Centric Career Cluster Model

    Rutgers University career Services staff implemented an industry-centric and tailored career interest cluster approach to service delivery on counseling, programming, academic engagement, employer development, assessment, technology.

    How to “Embed” Career Services Into Academic Affairs

    Placing internship and co-op professionals in academic departments can give career services a leg up on promoting experiential education to faculty and students.

    Exploration Fair Helps Students Consider Career Options

    Joliet Junior College held its first Major Exploration Fair to highlight the college’s academic programs and provide a low-pressure, centralized opportunity for students to explore various career curricular and transfer options.

    Five of the Most Interesting Career Center Websites in 2014

    What impressions and experiences do stakeholders have while scanning career center homepages and websites?

    First-Destination Standards and Protocols Allow University to Streamline its Survey, Process

    Implementation of NACE’s First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols at Hofstra University has allowed the career services office to align their survey to national standards and restructure it.

    Focus on Career Fairs Growing as Some Schools Post Record Numbers

    What is the catalyst for this trend of increased attendance at career fairs? The job market became more competitive, so students were more proactive. That trend has held even with the economy and job market improving.

    Strategies for Better Facilitating the Recruitment of Students With Disabilities

    New regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) require federal contractors to set a target of having 7 percent of their work force be comprised of employees with disabilities.

    How Others Do It: Career Cluster Model Allows for Specialization, Customization

    New Brunswick implemented a cluster model to move from a major-centric focus on programming and delivery to one that is more industry-centric.

    Early Adopter Touts Positives of First-Destination Survey for Liberal Arts Colleges

    Catherine Neiner appreciates the simplicity and the standardized nature of NACE’s First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols. The NACE First-Destination Survey levels the playing field for liberal arts. We’re getting the same general data across the board. We can now make the case that our students are going out into the world and being productive. I am hoping that this will be an important component of advancing the liberal arts.”

    First-Destination Success Built on Partnerships, Relationships

    Early adopters have found benefits to implementing the NACE First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols beyond accruing valuable data.

    Communication a Key When Implementing First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols

    Renee Starek has followed several key steps to achieve a 94 percent knowledge rate thus far for the Class of 2014, just months after the First-Destination Survey Standards and Protocols were implemented at Seton Hill.

    Tips for Engaging Freshmen and Sophomores in Career Services

    Career centers trying to engage first- and second-year students in career exploration and development often encounter several barriers. Here are some key steps career services centers can take.

    How Others Do It: Telepresence Technology Boosts ODU’s Reach

    Old Dominion University's (ODU) Career Management Center (CMC) has introduced telepresence technology to offer two-way communication for students, alumni, and prospective employers through its Cyber Career Center.

    Strategies for Staying on Top of Staff Development

    A key component for your career center to provide effective staff training and development is to assess the knowledge and talents it has in-house and devise ways that are compatible with its culture to share those resources.

    Tech Talk: On Managing a Social Media Student Advisory Board

    The framework for success when managing a board of student advisers is setting goals, creating realistic time commitments, and assigning projects.

    Career Fair Best Practices: Part 3

    What can you do to help ensure the success of your career fairs? Colleges share some of their best practices.

    Career Fair Best Practices: Part 2

    NACE asked JobPlace listserv subscribers about their best practices to ensure their career fairs meet the needs and/or exceed the expectations of their students and employers. Following are some of the best practices your colleagues shared for Part 2 of this series.

    Career Fair Best Practices: Part 1

    Novel and innovative ideas for attracting students and employers to career fairs while helping students and employers connect.

    Tips for Connecting With First-Year Students


    Engaging first-year students in career services can be a challenging undertaking. Following are several recommendations for making critical connections with these students.


    Keys to Establishing and Maintaining Faculty Partnerships


    The first step to establishing effective partnerships between career services and faculty is to adopt an attitude that faculty can be important allies.


    Peer Adviser Programs Allow Career Centers to Extend Their Reach

    Kristin Eicholtz, director of career services at DeSales University, was her office’s only full-time staff member and seeking to meet the growing needs of her students. Two years ago, she started the career services office’s peer ambassador program, through which selected students are trained to work with the office to provide services to their fellow students, essentially acting as career advisers.

    The Keys to Motivating Staff Performance

    Effective leaders must be flexible and situational in motivating others. In the book "Leadership in Career Services: Voices from the Field," Manny Contomanolis, associate vice president of enrollment management and career services at the Rochester Institute of Technology, writes that the key is not to treat people the way you want to be treated, but rather the way they want to be treated.