We do this in a variety of ways, including providing skill-building workshops, connecting students with potential employers through our Pitt Bridges job matching system, and individual counseling sessions.
Faculty can encourage students to take advantage of our services earlier in their academic career rather than later. It makes the most sense for students to utilize our complimentary in-house resources before they are actually job hunting.
Here are some ways that faculty and staff can work together to encourage workplace readiness as well as candidacy for prestigious fellowships or postdocs.
Encourage your students to attend our workshops and events. You can also recommend students meet with Career Services for a one-on-one appointment. Students can use the scheduling feature in Pitt Bridges to schedule appointments with Joan Anson and Marissa Kaplan.
Examples of the Most Requested Services
- General career or job search advice
- Resume, CV, and cover letter assistance
- Networking and interviewing skills
- Identifying and preparing for fellowship and postdoc opportunities
Idea: Copy and paste career services information into your syllabus.
Have Career Services Open Hours in your Department
Are there peak times when your students could use some career development assistance? Invite us to host open hours in your department! We are happy to assist students with job searching, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, networking, and more.
Idea: Add a link to career services to your Course Web site.
Encourage Use of Pitt Bridges
Employers connect with us on a regular basis and Pitt Bridges is a centralized service where recruiters can posts their jobs or schedule interviews with students. Most opportunities come to Career Services by e-mail or a phone call. We have over 1,000 employers listed in our database and post 30-40 jobs a week. These postings can include campus jobs, fellowships, postdocs, and permanent positions. Our challenge is to make certain that students know about these opportunities and that they know how to seek out other opportunities. Students log-in to the system using their Pitt e-mail address and a password generated by Career Services.
Share Internship and Job Opportunities
Our success in connecting students with opportunities is a determining factor in building lasting relationships with recruiters. The more success recruiters have with our students, the more often they will return to our school when they look to fill a position.
If you receive job, fellowship, or internship announcements, forward them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will then post them on Pitt Bridges. We also encourage you to share contacts with us that would be suitable for addition to our employer database.
Don't Cancel that Class!
Instead of cancelling your class due to planned or unforeseen circumstances, consider inviting us to your classroom. We have standard presentations or, given enough time, we can customize a presentation to fit the needs of your students. Learn More.
We use Facebook to share tips and articles relevant to job hunting for our students. We also retweet jobs posted by nearly 200 employers we follow on Twitter. Connect with us to see for yourself.
You can lend your support of participation in campus-wide events offered by Career Services, such as career fairs or educational programs. Some faculty members include attendance at events as part of a class requirement or offer extra credit for documented participation.