The Lazarus Center for Career Development helps students and young alumnae connect with employers who currently have full-time job opportunities and internships. Graduating students may review available job opportunities, research participating organizations' websites, submit resumes, and sign up for interviews.
Employers also have the option to conduct interviews at their own workplaces; the Lazarus Center collects student resumes for these employers. This service provides targeted recruitment efforts and acts as the initial contact point by posting positions for employers and compiling student resumes.
Many employers hold late afternoon and early evening information sessions on campus; these programs provide students with information about employers in an informal setting before the interview process begins. Schedules of upcoming sessions are available on E-Access.
E-Access The Lazarus Center's online resource contains job and internship listings.
Working with our on-campus recruiting program should be a small part of your job search strategy, since most employers do not have an organized recruiting program. While the Lazarus Center invites organizations from various career fields to interview Smith seniors, employers choose their own recruiting strategy in terms of campus visits. Most companies who do come to campus usually pre-screen the resumes of students, although some have an open sign-up schedule. On-campus recruiting occurs in both the fall and spring semesters; be sure to check schedules frequently.
Five College Recruiting
A consortium with career offices from the other four colleges in the Pioneer Valley makes it possible for you to interview with organizations at any of the five college campuses. Visits by companies that choose to be part of this program will be advertised as part of the Smith recruiting program, but your interview may take place on one of the other campuses, and students from other campuses may interview here. Because this involves a unique degree of cooperation among five colleges, we expect that students applying to interview at other campuses will do so only if they are quite serious about the company and intend to keep their scheduled appointments.
Employers often send us job descriptions and ask us to forward resumes and cover letters from interested students. The Lazarus Center advertises the positions, collects resumes and covers letters, and forwards them to the organization. Employers review the submissions, decide whom they want to interview, and contact students directly to set up interviews. These interviews are typically at the employer's office. The responsibility and cost of getting to the site usually rests with the students. All resume referral positions are advertised on E-Access.
Off-Campus Recruiting Fairs
To help introduce students to a larger and more varied employer base, the Lazarus Center offers off-campus recruiting fairs. Many organizations that can't visit colleges will participate in our events. The Lazarus Center is a member of several recruiting alliances with other colleges and universities. These affiliations are based either on geography or field of interest.