• Best Practices - Career Services

  • 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.


    How Others Do It: Carnival Engages First- and Second-Year Students in Career Services


    Georgia State University’s (GSU) career services office holds its Career Carnival, designed to engage first- and second-year students in career services and introduce them to career development constructs in a fun way.


    Creating Value for Your Advisory Board Members

    Advisory board members provide your career center with great value by shaping programming, conducting special projects and events, evaluating services, and more. What can you give them in return? Here are some ways to create value for your advisory board members.

    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.

    Key Elements of Effective Employer Partnerships


    Career services operations should have a clearly defined employer relations strategy and corresponding activities.


    How Others Do It: Engaging Students, Faculty in a Formal Career Planning Program

    To get students more engaged in career planning, staff of Willamette University’s career center created a formal program and enlisted the help of the school’s faculty to promote and incorporate it into their classes. Called the Career Roadmap, the program asks participating students to complete career-focused assignments in four categories.

    Tips for Creating and Leading Advisory Boards

    Advisory boards can be valuable instruments for your career center, helping you to shape programming, conduct special projects and events, evaluate services, and more.

    Quick Tips for Assisting International Students

    The challenges for career services include meeting the needs of an increasing number of highly motivated international students who either want to work in United States after graduation or gain U.S. working experience to take back to their countries,” explains Gillian Steele, managing director of the career center at DePaul University.

    Career Center Social Media Implementation and Best Practices: Findings of a Nationwide Survey

    Most career centers are using social media to communicate with students, employers, and other constituents. A recent survey shows how career centers use social media and track its effectiveness.

Best Practices - Career Services