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Career Center

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Career Center
315-859-4346
315-859-4332 (fax)

Hamilton Career Network

Making a positive impact on someone’s life feels good - especially when that someone is a Hamilton student exploring how to transfer the valuable skills learned on the Hill to a meaningful and rewarding career path after graduation. Hamilton has a long history of connecting students with alumni and parents whose advice, expertise and resources allow talented young people to go on to achieve success for themselves and in their communities.

Become a part of our growing career networking community by logging in to My Hamilton, which replaces the former Alumni Directory. Begin by editing your profile and clicking on the volunteer tab indicate the ways in which you would like to volunteer (see screenshots below).

Once you have joined the Hamilton Career Network, your volunteer roles will be highlighted on your profile. Additionally, students will be able to perform an advanced search, and narrow their search by those who have offered to provide career advice or practice interviews to students.

Descriptions of the roles are listed below. For more information, please contact Abby Taylor, director of employer relations, at 315-859-4386 or aetaylor@hamilton.edu.

To join the Hamilton Network, click the "Edit My Profile" on the directory home screen of My Hamilton
To join the Hamilton Network, click the "Edit My Profile" on the directory home screen of My Hamilton
Then click on the "Volunteer" tab on the Edit My Profile screen to indicate the ways you’d like to help students.
Then click on the "Volunteer" tab on the Edit My Profile screen to indicate the ways you’d like to help students.

Offer Expertise & Advice

Whether in the initial stages of career exploration or preparing for a job interview, students benefit tremendously from the expertise and advice of professionals. We are seeking alumni and parents willing to share such career-specific information with individual students by appointment and/or with groups of students in a presentation or informal networking session. Information can be shared in person or electronically via Skype or videoconferencing.

  • Provide industry-specific information and advice to students
    Describe your career field/industry and job opportunities; answer students’ questions; provide advice about gaining entry to your field; refer students to your professional contacts.
     
  • Talk with individual student

  • Conduct a group information session or participate on a panel
     
  • Participate in a networking event (regional or on-campus)

  • Provide students with industry-specific resume/cover letter critique
    Help students take their resumes and/or cover letters to the next professional level by providing feedback relative to your field.
     
  • Provide students with industry-specific interview preparation
    Advise students about how to prepare for specific aspects of interviews in your industry/career field.
     
  • Speak with students about your employer
    Give Hamilton students a competitive edge by providing information about your employer that may not be available on the organization’s website. Describe entry-level or internship opportunities; help them understand the culture, determine fit, prepare for an interview, etc.
     
  • Speak with students about community and regional resources
    Help students transition to a new geographic area by introducing them to community resources, including other Hamilton alumni.

 

Provide Opportunities

You might be the head of your organization, just starting out, or somewhere in between. Whether hosting a student for a shadowing opportunity, hiring an intern, coming to campus to interview students or putting us in touch with people at your organization who can, your assistance in providing opportunities to Hamilton students is extremely valuable.

  • Host a “Hamilton @ ___________ Day”
    Arrange a recruitment event at your office to give students a first-hand look at your organization, meet key players and perhaps interview for open positions or internships.
     
  • Host a student for a shadowing opportunity
    Provide a Hamilton student with an opportunity to learn about your career field, position and/or organization through the HamiltonExplore program in January or at another time during the year.
     
  • Sponsor an internship
    Offer an internship to a Hamilton student at your organization - whether you are hiring and supervising that student or facilitating his/her recruitment.
     
  • List a job with the Career Center
    If your organization would like to recruit Hamilton seniors for entry-level positions, please share that information with Abby Taylor or feel free to refer us to another recruiting contact in your office.

  • List an internship with the Career Center
    If your organization would like to recruit interns from Hamilton, please share that information with Abby Taylor or feel free to refer us to another recruiting contact in your office.

 

Assist Students Financially

Career exploration and development can often mean unanticipated expenses for students, sometimes forcing them to turn down opportunities that may provide little or no pay, but valuable experience. Your financial or practical assistance can make a difference to Hamilton students in the following ways:

Fund an unpaid or minimally paid summer internship opportunity

  • Provide an annual stipend of between $1,000 and $4,000, by doing so you will offer a student the opportunity to say “yes” to an internship that he or she would not be able to afford. Students develop proposed budgets based on location, housing, travel, etc.
     
  • Endow such experiences on a permanent basis with a minimum gift of $50,000, payable over three years.

Provide funding or other assistance for related expenses

  • Make an annual gift to help students with clothing, travel or meals, related to jobshadowing opportunities, interviews, etc.
     
  • Donate airlines miles - a huge help to students who must travel significant distances for shadowing, internship, or job opportunities.
     
  • Provide overnight accommodations to a student who’s visiting your area.

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