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Video Workshops - Short videos and podcasts on interviewing, resumes & cover letters, networking, job search and more.

Webinars - The Office of Alumnae relations invites students to attend one of their webinars, where you can learn from alumnae and career experts on a variety of professional development topics. Listen to past webinars in the Webinar Archive.

Drop-Ins with Peer Advisors (Academic Year Only)

Please bring paper copies of the materials you'd like to review.
Monday-Friday, 11am-12pm and 2-4pm, Lazarus Center
August

Last Call: Fall Fellowship Applications
Tuesday, August 28, 4:30-5:30pm
Webinar (Link TBA)
This is your last chance to obtain information and advice about your fall competitive fellowship applications. Nominations and requests for endorsement are closed for certain highly competitive fellowships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Knight Hennessy). There is still time to get advice and develop your application for a fellowship that does not require nomination or endorsement (including Ford, Gates Cambridge, Hertz, NSF GRF, Schwarzman, Soros, and Yenching). Target audience: seniors and recent alumnae with very strong GPAs. Helpful links:
Quick summary of fellowships
Details of internal and external deadlines


Fall 2018

September

Senior Recruiting Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Campus Center 205
An overview of on and off-campus recruiting including preparation and application processes. Highly recommended for those planning on participating in any recruiting events.

Fellowships for Sophomores and Juniors
Wednesday, September 12, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
We'll talk about the early competitive fellowship opportunities: Beinecke, Goldwater, Truman, Udall. We will also talk about some of the steps you can take to make yourself a very strong candidate for graduate fellowships. Quick summary of fellowships. Target audience: US citizens, permanent residents, DACA and GPA > 3.5.

Prepping for Finance
Friday, September 14, 12:15-1:00pm
Campus Center 103/104
Learn quick tips for applying to the field of finance and hear from your peers who have successfully interned in the financial industry. Ask questions and gain insight to get from paradise pond to Wall Street.

Open Hours for Sophomores
Friday, September 14, 2:00-4:00pm
Lazarus Center
You don't need to have a plan, be actively searching for internships or fellowships, or even have a resume ready. Stop by the Lazarus Center for a brief meeting with a career or fellowships advisor to explore how we can help you think about your next steps. If you haven't visited us before, this a great opportunity to connect.

Prepping for Career Fairs
Thursday, September 20, 12:00-1:00pm
Campus Center 103/104
Learn how to perfect your 30-second pitch, decide what to wear, conduct useful research and more. Get the most out of our Fall Career Fair on Thursday, October 4 in the ITT. S&P Global is excited to partner with the Lazarus Center to give you both an employer and career services perspective.

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation
Monday, September 24, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
In this workshop, learn how to effectively ask your teachers and mentors for the letters of recommendation that your applications require to be successful! Experienced advisors from career development, fellowships, and pre-health programs will share proactive strategies for helping you to help your teachers and mentors write letters that are tailored to you and the particular opportunities that you are pursuing. Open to all years.

Senior Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 5:00-6:00pm
Stoddard Auditorium
Meet the staff of The Lazarus Center for Career Development and learn how best to take advantage of the offerings of The Lazarus Center and manage your senior year.

Applying to Grad School
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Discover how to best position yourself for admission into a masters or PhD program.

Applying to Law School
Thursday, September 27, 6:30-7:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of law school basics: when to apply, the LSAT, selecting schools and more.

Finance Mock Interview Day

Friday, September 28, 9:00am-4:00pm
Sign up information TBA
Finance is a fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding global field in which students of any major will find their analytical, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills highly valued. The interview process for summer internships and full-time jobs is highly competitive and requires diligent practice and preparation. Smith alums and other professionals from the finance industry will hold one-on-one mock interviews and offer feedback to students interested in honing their interview skills. During a 45-minute time block, your mock interviewer will ask you a variety of questions (general, behavior-based, finance-specific) and offer tips to help improve your technique. Students of all class years are eligible to apply. Space is limited. 

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter

Friday, September 28, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Consulting Case Interview Prep and Practice Session*
Saturday, September 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Campus Center 103/104
Understanding and managing case interviews will be essential to your success as a candidate. Shikha Jain '07, Senior Director at Simon-Kucher & Partners will be on campus to facilitate a half-day training session on consulting case interviewing. This will be an interactive, working program with opportunities to practice case interviews, gain feedback, and ask questions.
*Pre-work is required. RSVP in Handshake by Thursday September 20.


October

Why Should I Hire You?
Monday, October 1, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
A great application can get you an interview; it takes a great interview to get hired. Learn what interviewers seek in candidates, plan how to market yourself in interviews, and practice your approach to common questions and behavioral interviews.

Resume Lab

Tuesday, October 2, 12:00-1:00pm
Campus Center 204
Collaborate with peers on creating your resume! Share advice and ask for feedback in a supportive environment. Drop-in at any time during the hour and bring your lunch.

Networking Made Easy*

Tuesday, October 2, 4:45-6:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room & Library
By some estimates, nearly 80% of jobs and internships are found through networking. Learn the basics of networking and practice these skills with friendly, local Smith alumnae over light refreshments.
*RSVP in Handshake by Thursday, September 27, at 4:30pm.

Cover Letters Made Easy

Wednesday, October 3, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn to write cover letters employers will actually want to read. This workshop will help you tailor cover letters to specific jobs or internships!

Personal Statements for Graduate & Professional School
Thursday, October 11, 6:30-7:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Does the thought of writing a personal statement for graduate or professional school make you panic? Relax and attend this session on crafting a winning personal statement.

Introduction to Fellowships for Pre-Health Students and STEM Professionals Students
Friday, October 12, 12:15-1:00pm
McConnell 103
Discussion of competitive fellowships available to undergraduates in STEM majors (including Goldwater, Hollings, and Udall) and for graduate study (including NSF GRF, at US universities, and  Churchill, Gates-Cambridge, and Marshall, in the UK). Selection criteria will be discussed, as well as ways that students can make themselves stronger candidates for competitive opportunities. Open to ALL students who are looking for funding and want to understand the requirements of competitive fellowships.

Introduction to Fellowships
Monday, October 15, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop room
Familiarize yourself with the wonderful opportunities offered by prestigious fellowships. The educational and experiential opportunities associated with fellowships can be life changing. Begin early to identify the opportunities that best suit you. Learn how to enhance your chances of success in fellowship applications. Open to students of all class years and nationalities. Open to students with GPAs of 3.4+.

Tell Me About Yourself
Tuesday, October 16, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
"Tell me about yourself" is the most typical first question you will get in an interview.  And, because it's the first one you will get, it's the most important one to know how to answer.  This workshop will walk you through how to best answer it, and get your interview off to a good start.

Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience
Wednesday, October 17, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Employers value skills gained while living and studying abroad.  Identify and articulate those skills, and how to effectively communicate them to employers when applying for jobs and internships.

Job Search for International Students

Thursday, October 18, 4:30-5:30pm
Campus Center 205
Find out who's hiring - for what and where! View over 400,000 corporate profiles. Maximize study abroad and internship success. Search H1B Visa petitions from US employer. Review country and city guides.

Using J-Term for Launch Your Career
Friday, October 19, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Find out what steps students of any class year can take during J-term to move ahead in planning for the future. Create a timetable of goals that works best for your needs!

Fellowships and Study Abroad

Tuesday, October 23, 12:00-1:00pm
Lewis Global Studies Center Lounge
Brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding. Discussion of fellowships to help fund study abroad (esp. for summer), including Critical Language Scholarship, Boren, Gilman; special programs including Fulbright Summer Institutes, Humanity in Action, DAAD Summer; STEM programs - Amgen Scholars, DAAD Rise.

Job Search for Seniors

Wednesday, October 24, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Learn to create and follow a search plan that works for you. We’ll cover job search strategies and resources, how to stay motivated during the search, application processes and timelines, and attributes to look for in your first professional role. Networking basics will be covered.

EmployABILITY Lunch and Learn
Thursday, October 25, 12:15-1:00pm
Dewey Common Room
Please join us for an informal lunch and conversation about disability and career exploration. Learn what resources the Lazarus Center has to offer and network with students from the Disability Student Alliance. Bring your lunch.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter

Friday, October 26, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.

Lazarus Center Open House
Friday, October 26, 2:00-4:00pm
Lazarus Center
Meet Lazarus Center career staff and find out how we can help you during your time at Smith and after. All class years and family members are welcome.

Career Development for First Years
Tuesday, October 30, 12:15-1:00pm
Campus Center 205
Get simple, practical steps to help you start exploring career options now, and a timeline for building career planning into your four years at Smith. In addition, you’ll be introduced to the Lazarus Center for Career Development’s many programs, events, and services.

“Tell Me About a Time When...”
Strategies for Behavior-Based Interview Questions

Wednesday, October 31, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
For job and internship employers, past performance is the best indicator of future success. Learn - and practice - strategies for answering the behavior-based interview questions common in many phone and in-person interviews at this interactive workshop.



November
Summer Jobs and Internships for STEM Students
Friday, November 2, 12:15-1:00pm
McConnell 103
An overview of specific resources and techniques for securing a summer position in the STEM field. Students of all class years are welcome to attend. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Designing Your Life*
Friday, November 2, 2:00-4:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2:00-4:00pm
Campus Center 003
Career Advisor Patty Woods and Fellowships Advisor Margaret Lamb will facilitate this workshop, based on the book Designing Your Life by Stanford University Design Educators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This initiative is designed to give students the chance to participate in a transformative process, one in which you are empowered to begin to solve the "problem" of what your future will be. Understanding how you want to outline your personal "what next" will also help you start to think about the requirements of job applications, graduate school proposals, and fellowship personal statements. The workshop will be a fun and engaging way to stimulate your planning imagination and design a future after Smith that authentically reflects what you love and want to accomplish. Class size is limited. *See Handshake for details and registration information. Must commit to both dates (11/2 & 11/9). Deadline to register: October 5.

Finding Summer Jobs and Internships
Monday, November 5, 12:15-1:00pm
Campus Center 205
Learn about the many resources for finding opportunities, including the Lazarus Center’s Handshake database and other search tools. We’ll also cover typical application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and discuss the Praxis funding program for unpaid internships.

Personality, Majors and Careers: MBTI Workshop*

Wednesday, November 7, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Explore your personality preferences using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Find out how your type relates to academic and career satisfaction and learn how to explore careers and fields of study that might be a good fit.
*RSVP in Handshake AND return a completed MBTI answer sheet by Thursday, November 1, at 4pm. MBTI packets are available at the Lazarus Center reception desk.

Working Abroad
Tuesday, November 13, 4:30-5:30pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
An overview of tools and resources for working, interning, and volunteering abroad.

Fellowships for Juniors Studying Abroad in Spring 2019
Thursday, November 29, 2:00-3:00pm
Webinar (link TBA)
We’ll talk about some of the opportunities you may apply for in the fall of your senior year and the preparation that is essential during the spring semester of your junior year. Target audience: juniors on or planning study abroad, any nationality, GPA 3.4+.

Writing Your First Resume & Cover Letter
Friday, November 30, 12:15-1:00pm
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
Well-organized, error-free resumes and cover letters are essential for internship and job seekers. Learn the basics of resume and cover letter style, organization, and length, what information to (and not to) include, and how resumes and cover letters work together to make persuasive applications.


December
Finding Summer Jobs and Internships
Wednesday, December 5, 4:30-5:30pm
Campus Center 205
Learn about the many resources for finding opportunities, including the Lazarus Center’s Handshake database and other search tools. We’ll also cover typical application steps, share tips for preparing your applications, and discuss the Praxis funding program for unpaid internships.

Senior Job Search for STEM Students
Friday, December 7, 12:15-1:00pm
McConnell 103
An overview of resources and strategies for job hunting in the STEM fields. Although geared to graduating seniors, students of all class years are welcome. Pizza will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


 

Disability accommodations

To request disability accommodation for on-campus events, please call (413) 585-2582. Two week advance notice is appreciated.

To request a sign language interpreter call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail ods@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.