Best Practices

  1. A man reviews KPIs on a data dashboard.
    University of California, Berkeley Career Engagement Creates Data-Visualization Dashboard to Tell Its Stories

    The college winner of the 2024 NACE Technology Excellence Award, University of California, Berkeley Career Engagement used Google Workspace products to create a data-visualization dashboard to tell its story in a low-cost, efficient manner.

  2. NACE Award winners: Providence College
    TV Show the Inspiration for Engaging Providence College Major-Selection Program

    The small college winner of the 2024 NACE Award for Career Services Excellence, Providence College’s Chirico Career Center has created and honed an engaging program designed to help students as they consider their majors and explore potential careers.

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    How Students Should Not Use Generative AI in the Job Search

    Career services professionals can help students use AI tools effectively and avoid common traps and mistakes.

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    UC San Diego Student Employment Program

    The UC San Diego Student Employment Program employs more than 6,000 students who work in more than 170 departments across campus.

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    Reimagining Student Employment

    Student employment can be a potent catalyst for transformative learning experiences, but is often relegated to the sidelines.

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    Issues and Strategies of Using Artificial Intelligence to Create Cover Letters with International Students

    Because of the potential challenges of using career services effectively, international students may turn to artificial intelligence for their career-related questions without fully realizing the possible negative outcomes related to it.

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    Landmark Helps Students With Autism Develop Skills and Strategies to Achieve Career Goals

    Landmark College, an institution exclusively for students who learn differently including those on the autism spectrum, champions a strengths-based model and gives students the skills and strategies they need to achieve their goals.

  8. A career services counselor talking to a student.
    Power Skills Aren’t Just for Students

    When it comes to advising students on the importance of professional skills, demonstrating those skills in your day-to-day can go a long way.

  9. A group of college kids looking at their cell phones.
    Spring Hill Starts Early, Meets Students Where They Are to Attain High FDS Knowledge Rate

    For Spring Hill College, the work to attain a high knowledge rate on its first-destination survey begins in the fall.

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    Embracing Volunteer Opportunities Can Lead to Growth and Development

    NACE offers many options to get involved, and those who choose their pursue volunteer opportunities can experience both personal and professional growth.

  11. Students sitting on steps at a college.
    Weaving Career Centers into the Fabric of Campus

    Career centers that integrate into all parts of a student’s journey in college are better positioned to effectively serve students and demonstrate their value on campus.

  12. College students take part in a microcredentialing program.
    CCC’s Microcredentials Tailored to the Realities of Its Student Body

    Cayuga Community College’s career services office launched its microcredentialing program in 2018. Since then, it has been building microcredentials in the non-credit and credit side of the institution, including developing its microcredential program and updating it to an online learning platform.

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    Tweaks in FDS Survey Process Lead to High Knowledge Rate at Roanoke

    Despite achieving a knowledge rate of 90.6% on its most recent first-destination survey, the Roanoke College career center is tweaking the survey’s process to improve it.

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    The Strategies Centre College Uses to Attain a High FDS Response Rate

    Centre College’s three-year average knowledge rate for its first-destination survey (FDS) stands at an impressive 98%. This is especially notable given that the survey wasn’t required for students until 2023.

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    It’s Who You Know: Helping Students Grow Their Professional Networks

    Because students may lack the professional network to get noticed, career services staff can help by leveraging their own networks to highlight students to potential employers.

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    The Impact of Providing Students With Greater Autonomy on Stress, Anxiety, and Project Management

    A pilot study conducted among cooperative education students at University of Cincinnati tested the value of providing students with flexible due dates to help them manage their mental well-being and grow their project management skills.

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    UD Listens to Students’ Wants to Achieve High Email Open Rates

    The University of Dallas career development office listened to student feedback to pivot from texting students career-related information to sending messages via email. The results have been impressive.

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    Lessons (So Far) From a Former Dean of Career Success Turned Industry Insider

    A former dean now working with hiring organizations offers five lessons for how higher ed can work with industry and move the needle for students—especially low-income and first-generation students.

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    How Can You Be Intentional About Your LinkedIn Engagements?

    Students who begin building their social media presence while still in college will have an advantage after graduating, and there are several easy steps they can take to get started on LinkedIn.

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    UWF’s Career Toolkit, Best Practices Documents Address AI for Students, Career Coaches

    The University of Western Florida CDCE recently launched its AI Career Toolkit to address AI use, challenges, and possibilities by students exploring careers and the career coaches supporting them.

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    Career Services Working Group Addresses AI at Colorado Boulder

    The career services office at Colorado Boulder launched an Artificial Intelligence Working Group to collect information on developments, discuss campus applications of AI, and more.

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    How to Help the Student Become the Professional

    The classroom can be a valuable resource for students to develop the skill and mindset to think of themselves as professionals and describe how their skills relate to their field.

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    Helping Students Harness the Power of AI to Spend More Time on High-value Career Work

    UCSD’s Rady School Career Management Center is addressing and creating resources around AI to guide students in its effective, safest, and ethical use during the college recruiting process.

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    NACE Members Offer Tips on Increasing First-Destination Survey Response Rates

    Career centers looking to increase FDS response rates might want to focus on communicating regularly with students, providing participation incentives, and ensuring the process is convenient for students.

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    Personal Branding for AI Interviews: Preparing Students for Success in New Recruitment Tools

    Automated video interviews (AVIs) are an emerging recruitment tool. As success factors in AVIs may differ from face-to-face interviews, it is important for career services practitioners to know how to help their students prepare for these new types of interviews.

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    PathwayU Offers Predictive Algorithm to Go Beyond Traditional Assessments

    Not only does PathwayU offer student assessments, but it also provides guidance based on predictive knowledge that accounts for the user’s sense of purpose and meaning.

  27. CSU Fullerton employees pose with their NACE Award.
    CSU Fullerton Program Empowers First-Gen Students to Create Their Own Social Capital

    CSU Fullerton’s “I Am First” program teaches first-generation students how to create social capital through a curriculum that empowers students to cultivate agency in their career search.

  28. Villanova employees accept a NACE Award at NACE23.
    Villanova’s Disability Conference Educates Employers on Recruiting, Inclusion Practices

    The Villanova University Disability Inclusion in the Workplace Conference is a half-day program designed primarily with hiring employers in mind to help them build disability inclusion into internship and entry-level hire experiences.

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    Success of Dominican University Business School’s Career Development Program Leads to Campus-Wide Initiative

    Dominican University, a Hispanic-serving institution with 64% of students identifying as Latinx and located just outside of Chicago, launched its successful career development program in its Brennan School of Business in fall 2017.

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    Achieving Career Engagement at Scale

    The Career & Professional Development office at the University of Denver developed a multipronged approach to work toward its ambitious goal to engage 90% of undergraduates annually.

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    Career Advising From the Primary Role Academic Adviser’s Viewpoint: A Review of the Literature

    The role of today’s primary role academic adviser is robust and multifaceted. Advisers must continually provide supportive outreach and engagement to address student interests, develop academic plans, and identify career paths from the time students first enroll throughout their college experience, and oftentimes, well past graduation.

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    Creating an Interactive Visualization of the Scope of Jobs, Hope College’s Alumni

    In 2021, Hope College’s Boerigter Center for Calling and Career partnered with several computer science majors to develop a custom, interactive application for the college’s students and visitors to see a visual representation of the locations of Hope alumni around the world and their jobs. It also shows current job and internship openings in a given city.

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    Through relationships made through volunteering, you can gain knowledge and perspective to grow both professionally and personally.

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    Interested in Volunteering? Go for It!

    Deciding to volunteer may not always be an easy decision, but it will ultimately be a personally fulfilling one.

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    While people often consider the professional benefits of volunteering, it can also have a positive impact on your mental health, too.

  36. An academic advisor mentors a student.

    Serving as an advisor and mentor often requires working with students to achieve their academic goals while also adjusting to a new social environment.

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    No matter what the “volunteer language,” there is always an opportunity to give back and support others.

  38. 2023 NACE Award for Technology Excellence Winners

    Members of the NACE Community recently offered some suggestions to their colleagues for books to add to their summer reading lists.

  39. A person uses social media on a mobile device.
    Tulsa Community College Uses Social Media to Connect Students Across Its Campuses to Job Opportunities

    Tulsa Community College’s “Job Market Monday” Facebook posts include information from employers about current local job openings or internship opportunities, each in a digital flyer format.

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    It’s useful to take time to develop your strategy and be mindful of possible trouble spots such before sharing new ideas.

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    Employers who ask about weaknesses during an interview are typically seeking personal awareness and how a student can frame a strategy to minimize the consequences.

  42. Incorporating MLI Teachings Into the Real World

    Every year, NACE hosts their Management Leadership Institute (MLI), which is designed to help participants prepare for leadership roles.

  43. A scene from an internship fair.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering Job & Internship Fair Tours were created to engage more first- and second-year students in job fairs and to reduce barriers to attendance.

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    LinkedIn: Creating a Lifelong Habit

    As a career coach, I meet with both domestic and international students who are hoping to build their connections in a variety of industries. Many of our newer graduate programs in the Katz School of Science and Health can be completed in as little as 12 months, so there is a relatively short runway for these students to develop and cultivate their industry connections.

  45. A woman stands in front of a wall with a superhero shadow behind her.
    Breaking Down Student-to-Career Services Barriers With Superhero Culture

    I’ll never forget my first experience at MEGACON Orlando, the largest pop culture convention in the southern United States, attended by more than 140,000 people annually. The hundreds of merchandise booths, once-in-a-lifetime meetups with celebrities, jaw-dropping character costumes, and all-day schedule of live entertainment kept the weekend packed with engaging experiences. The moments I remember most, however, came in smaller, more personalized packages:

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    NYU’s Wasserman Center Integrates Wellness and Career Readiness in First-year Course

    Skill development and early engagement are key priorities of New York University’s (NYU’s) Wasserman Center for Career Development. It addressed both of these priorities by developing a program that embedded career readiness competencies in a course for first-year students.

  47. Positioning Career Services as an Institutional Strategic Priority
    Positioning Career Services as an Institutional Strategic Priority

    Career services needs to be strategically positioned on campus to provide the vision, guidance, and relationships to demonstrate its importance and value and to maximize student outcomes.

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    Radical Retention: How Higher Education Can Rise to the Challenges of the Great Resignation and Beyond

    News articles shout about the continuance of the “Great Resignation” or “Great Reshuffle” across all industries. As of July 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported that quit rates (individuals voluntarily separating from their organization) continue to hold steady in the field of education, with more than half a million exits since the beginning of 2022.

  49. How to Help Students Be SMART

    Students who set goals and develop a specific and measurable plan to accomplish that goal are more likely to be successful, and staff advisers can play a key role in this process.

  50. An illustration of the concept of technology and networking overlaid on top of a photo of someone using a tablet.
    University at Buffalo Creates Positions to Address Technology in Career Services

    The University at Buffalo’s Career Design Center has put an emphasis on maximizing available technology tools that can improve operations and better meet the needs of students and employers.

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    Texts, Tailored Information Keys to Attaining High FDS Knowledge Rate at Davidson

    In recent years, the overall knowledge rate of Davidson College’s first-destination survey (FDS) has been near or above 90%. Davidson has found several steps—such as getting an early start, using texts, and providing tailored information—to be helpful in attaining and maintaining a high FDS knowledge rate.

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    How to Conduct Virtual Speed Interviews

    “Speed interviewing gives students strong, real-world practice on their interviewing skills in a low-pressure environment,” says Susan Proctor, who is the employer development manager in the career center.

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    Creating a Virtual Escape Room to Make Career Development Fun

    While looking to use gamification to create a fun and interactive career development program for her students, Merry Olson hit on an idea that has created much interest among career services practitioners.

  54. A non-traditional student takes advantage of a new resources at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University.
    New Resource Helps Community Colleges Redesign Onboarding

    The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University recently published a new practitioner packet that provides guidance to colleges seeking to redesign their new student onboarding practices.

  55. A student takes part in a virtual career fair.
    Best Practices for Virtual Career Fairs

    Career fairs are part of the lifeblood of career services programs—and important events for students and potential employers. Many career centers are thinking of moving their career fairs online in the fall.

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    Outreach to Target Students Who Indicate “Still Seeking” on FDS Survey

    Yale University’s Office of Career Strategy is undertaking an aggressive personal outreach effort to graduating students who indicate they are “still seeking” on the university’s first-destination survey.

  57. A career services professional works remotely to provide guidance to a student.
    Tips for Providing Career Services Remotely

    In this time of disruption and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, when many career services practitioners are working from home, it is crucial for them to stay connected, says Tammy Spenziero, who is in a unique position to offer guidance on working remotely.

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    Creating a Mentoring Program: Using Gamification to Increase Students’ Career Readiness and Graduation Outcomes

    With no additional budget, Clarion’s Center for Career and Professional Development built and implemented a mentor program for students.

  59. Students on campus walk to a career fair that they heard about via social media.
    Ideas for Attracting Students, Employers to Spring Career Fairs

    How do you get more students to attend your career fairs? Career services staff often brainstorm new ways to get more students in the door—and NACE members are sharing their latest ideas.

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    Creating a Culture of Collaboration With Career Champions

    At the University of South Carolina, career services is working to make career readiness and employability everyone’s responsibility with its career champions program.

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    Tasks for Student Workers in Career Services

    What tasks do your work-study students do? Career services professionals noted their student workers create content, conduct employer outreach, and more.

  62. A group of NACE volunteers.
    Volunteering Takes All Types

    While taking that first step towards volunteering may feel daunting, especially for introverts, it can end up being a very rewarding experience.

  63. A group of students market themselves at a reverse career fair
    Career Fair Succeeds by Turning the Tables on Tradition

    The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee flipped the tables on the traditional career fair concept and held its first reverse career fair with much success.

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    The Ever-Fluctuating Skill Set, the College-to-Career Transition, and the T-Student

    Career success means a commitment to lifelong learning to add skills and credentials that employers need. The adaptive innovator—or T-professional—does just that.

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    Using FDS to Benefit Your School and Demonstrate Value of Higher Ed

    Schools that conduct an annual FDS to capture information on how their new college graduates fare following graduation can benefit their own institutions and demonstrate the value of higher education.

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    Preparing Students for, Setting Up Mock Interviews

    How can your career center help students to prepare for their mock interviews and set up the mock interviews to maximize the experience?

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    Is There a Best Day, Best Time for Career Fairs?

    When it comes to maximizing job fair attendance, there’s bit of quick advice from the NACE Community: Don’t hold job fairs on Friday.

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    Web Tool Would Allow Employers, STEAM Students to Pitch and Connect

    The winning team in the STEAM category of the NACE 60th Anniversary Innovation Challenge conceptualized a web-based tool that would help match students and employers as a lead-in to career fairs or on-campus interviews.

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    The Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media

    The Career Counselor’s Guide to Social Media will help students learn about social media as a job-search resource and career services professionals show students how to maximize their opportunities online.

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    Offering a One-Credit Career Course? Here’s How Your Colleagues Do It

    How do career services offices handle their for-credit career courses? NACE members share their approaches.

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    Stony Brook Center Provides Support for Employers Operating in the Virtual World

    The Stony Brook Center for Remote Internships & Experiential Learning provides practical resources for employers operating remotely during the pandemic and beyond.

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    A Career Services Professional’s Summer Reading List

    Members of the NACE Community recently offered some suggestions to their colleagues for books to add to their summer reading lists.

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    UNLV College of Engineering Plans for Reopening Based on Committee Guidelines

    The reopening plan developed by the UNLV College of Engineering aims to minimize direct contact for services that can be effectively delivered online.

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    How Will Your Office Handle Drop-in Career Advising?

    Career services staff share their plans and ideas for how they might handle drop-ins in an in-person or virtual environment this fall.

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    Are Contests and Hackathons Considered Experiential Learning?

    How do career centers handle alternative experiential learning experiences such as contests and hackathons that may not fall into a college’s or university’s internship bucket?

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    Alliance Shifts Reverse Career Fair to Virtual Space

    Last March, a group of five Florida schools shifted their joint in-person reverse career fair to a virtual “venue” in just two weeks, but with positive results.

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    Professional Greetings: How to Avoid Shaking Hands

    In this new era of social distancing, what is replacing the firm, professional handshake?

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    Managing On-Campus, Virtual Interactions This Fall

    NACE members offer ideas for managing the career center staff’s interactions—whether in person or virtual—this fall.

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    Is the Number of Employers, Students Registering for Virtual Career Fairs Declining?

    Some career centers are noticing a decrease in employer and student registration for virtual career fairs. What strategies might increase the number of employers attending?

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    Career Center’s Social Media Takeover Program Allows Employers to Brand to Students

    The KU Engineering Career Center’s social media takeover program is especially important now, when employers are unable to engage students in person.

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    Op-Ed: Reawakening the Spirit Within Ourselves and Our Career Centers

    Many career centers have approached career education as instruction into a presentation of who our students are on the outside. We can change the angle from which we see things and get students to believe and have a renewed faith in themselves.

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    UGA’s Instagram Takeover Program Surges During Pandemic

    The University of Georgia Career Center has facilitated more than 20 employer Instagram takeovers this semester.

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    Op-Ed: Building Dynamic Resiliency, Wellness, and Career Success

    The terms “resiliency” and “wellness” are employed in many settings, but how do they impact and what do they mean to our students applying to jobs, internships, and graduate programs, while surviving a global pandemic?

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    Oregon Has Strict Policy for Employers Looking to Post Unpaid Internships

    Having a formal policy helps the team in the University of Oregon’s career center team with consistency when considering postings from employers seeking unpaid interns.

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    Op-Ed: A Calling-Centered Approach to Career Exploration

    Career services professionals have been wrestling with helping students pursue work that provides meaning and allows them to make an impact. Career services professionals can benefit from a calling-centered approach to career coaching.

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    Mentoring Program at NYU Equalizes the Onboarding Process for New Hires

    NYU’s Wasser-Buddies mentoring program helps shape institutional culture, equalize the experience of new hires, increase knowledge transfer, and enhance leadership development.

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    Campus Career Council Promotes Career Development at UNO

    The UNO Campus Career Council supports students in achieving their career ambitions through shared knowledge of best practices and industry training.

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    Top 6 Reasons to Volunteer With NACE

    Volunteering with NACE can create meaningful professional and personal connections, develop and build skills on a resume, and create opportunities for growth.

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    A Case for Getting Involved Outside of Your Career Center

    By getting involved in organizations that extend beyond your job, you can develop skills and relationships that can help you grow both personally and professionally.

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    The Benefits of Service and Volunteering in Students’ Career Development Journey

    Volunteering can help students gain valuable experience and learn about what workplace environments best suit their needs, which will be helpful when applying for jobs after graduation.

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    Welcome to Member Voices!

    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have scheduled the launch of Member Voices, a platform exclusively featuring member-created content with new articles published weekly.

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    Maximizing Insights From Virtual Career Fair Data

    The shift to the virtual space has allowed for collection of career fair data that may have been out of reach with the traditional format.

  93. Who Are We Serving?

    When working with employer partners, career services teams must keep in mind that career centers are not staffing agencies and student needs must come first.

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    Beyond Career Fairs: Facilitating Connections in the New Environment

    TAMU-CT is building employer engagement opportunities in partnership with faculty that are “a little less virtual,” but better meet the needs of its unique student population.

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    Facilitating Connections the Key Benefit of Holding Reverse Career Fairs

    Reverse career fairs and reverse networking events can offer tremendous benefits, especially when held at small scale with specific program areas.

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    Op-Ed: Keeping Career Development Transformational

    Career work is transformational, not transactional. If an institution clings to the severely outdated myth that universities should " place" students through their career centers, student learning, as well as critical connections with stakeholders, can be lost.

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    A collection of syllabi for career development and career exploration classes.

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    Spotlight Setbacks Along with Successes When Job Searching

    As students prepare their resumes and practice interviews for internships and postgraduation employment, it is important to remember that failures can be as important as successes.

  99. Growing the Seeds of Goodwill Through Volunteering

    April is National Volunteer Month and a great time to reflect on all the positive benefits one can receive through volunteering.

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    Volunteering for a Leadership Position Can Help Gain Valuable Professional Experience

    Getting involved in a NACE Affinity Group can be a great opportunity to connect with peers and gain valuable insights.

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    Volunteering Begins with the First Step

    People may try to rationalize why they “can’t,” but NACE volunteers share their experiences and explain why everyone “can."

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    Required Course in Final Semester Yields High FDS Knowledge Rate for Auburn

    Auburn University’s high knowledge rates on its recent first-destination surveys is driven by the survey being part of a course all students are required to take.

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    Ask, Answer, and Observe: Preparing Students to Experience Interviews From “Both Sides of the Table"

    A workshop at Notre Dame allows students to experience interviews from the perspective of both the interviewer and the interviewee, giving them valuable insight into the process.

  104. Volunteering With NACE Keeps Me Connected and Accountable to the Community I Serve

    When it comes to volunteering, sometimes the opportunity can come unexpectedly, but accepting the offer can be fulfilling both professionally and personally

  105. Bridge the Gap Between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs: The A-to-Z of Partnering With Faculty

    Identify faculty partners willing to work collaboratively with the career services office in a partnership to promote student success, including reaching their personal, academic, and professional goals.

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