For Current Students and Alumni
The Center for Career and Professional Development offers comprehensive support to both current students and alumni in advancing their career needs.
We provide support to help you whether your goal is to get an internship, a job or go to grad school. Not sure how to get started? Then let us help. You can attend events or get help writing your resume or completing a self-assessment.
Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us. We're excited to help!
Attend Events and Workshops:
Registration for all Center for Career & Professional Development events is required. Log in to HAWKS HUNT and follow the Student/Alumni link to Career Events.
Events for Spring 2017Click to Open
Navigating USAJOBS.com | February 7 | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Join us for this engaging webinar presented by Tom Formby, Senior Human resources Specialist with the Office of Personnel Management. This webinar will focus on all aspects of creating your account and navigating the site.
Creating your Federal Resume | February 10 | Mary Tefft White Cultural Center | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Join us for this second webinar that will focus on creating your federal resume, reviewing and understanding federal job announcements, and ways to make your application stand out.
Alex & Ani Company World Headquarters Site Visit | February 15 | Cranston, RI | 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
This site visit is an opportunity for students to learn about Alex & Ani. Hear about their corporate vision, learn about career opportunities available, and tour their facility.
Career Week | March 27 - April 5 | Various events scheduled | Career Week Schedule of Events
Join us for Career Week - You will have the opportunity to meet alumni and employers in a variety of settings. Our goal is to provide you with more than 15 career-related events, in a variety of formats (Ted Talks, Networking Receptions, Presentations), that will provide information regarding career and life after Roger. The panels include sessions such as Ask the Recruiter!, Adulting 101, Exploring the Gap Year, Peer Internship Panel, and Resume & Mock Interview sessions with recruiters. You will have multiple opportunities to practice your networking skills on alumni and employers during the Government & Non-Profit Networking Reception, Entrepreneur Networking and Pitch Contest.
Students, please register for Career Week events in Hawks Hunt
Spring Career Fair | April 5 | Campus Recreation Center - Field House | 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
This event will be an opportunity to meet employers from a wide range of industries seeking to fill internships, full-time, part-time, and summer positions. A photographer will be available to take LinkedIn photos. Download the RWU Career Fair Plus App from the Apple or Google Play Store to review career fair information including participating employers, floorplan, and more.
Video PresentationsClick to Open
FCAS Networking Panels
Creative Wtng./Eng. Panel
Post Graduation Panel
Senior Boot Camp
Dena Davis - Grad Panel
Get Ready for the Teacher Job Search
Educating Educators - a panel of professionals who hire K-12 teachers
Graduate School Series
- The Secrets of Graduate School Admissions - Revealed!
- Graduate School Essay Do's and Don'ts
- Financing Your Graduate Education
- Getting into Law School
Life After RWU
Career Fair SuccessClick to Open
Preparing for and Experiencing a Successful Career Fair
- Read through and follow the tips below.
- Research the organizations coming - remember that positions available are not always obvious by the organization name.
- Maintain a positive attitude and dress and carry yourself with confidence.
Tips On Making The Career Fair A Success For You
- Know your goals. A realistic goal for attending a fair is to get an idea of what employers are looking for or to be invited for an interview at the company at a later date. Do not expect to be offered a job today.
- Are you dressed appropriately in business attire and wearing comfortable shoes?
- Use your best handshake, make eye contact and give an award-winning smile when you introduce yourself.
- Bring 20+ error free resumes with you; do not fold them. Use a portfolio, briefcase, or shoulder bag to hold resumes, corporate literature, and all the materials you will collect. Your resume should have been reviewed by the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you have not made an appointment yet and attend or have graduated from RWU, please feel free to do so.
- Be enthusiastic! Employers identify the most important personal attribute you can bring to your first regular employment position is "Enthusiasm." Project interest in the company.
- There will be many applicants approaching employers at the same time you are. DON'T BE OVERWHELMED. Keep a positive attitude and concentrate on benefits of the experience.
- Visit with employers who do not have students at their tables. Even if you have never heard of the company you might be surprised at the types of opportunities they may have.
- Remember to thank the person you talk to and take their business card for a formal follow up.
- Most of the employers will have information about their companies - feel free to take what is offered. Please don't take the information if you don't want it, politely say, "No Thank you."
- Employers expect to interact with students seeking job opportunities as well as those simply researching careers and organizations.
- Review the list of organizations who will be attending the career and internship fair, then research those employers of interest to you. Research the organization's website.
- Practice answering the questions: Tell Me About Yourself? What are you interested in doing after graduation? Be able to deliver a 30 second 'commercial' about yourself to an employer.
- Prioritize the list of employers you want to speak with and go directly to their tables. Walk up and down the aisles first looking at who is present -you don't want to miss anyone while waiting to speak with someone else or even interviewing.
- Be ready to make conversation and ask intelligent questions--making you a much more interesting candidate than those who ask "So. What do you guys do?"
- Your goal is to get a interview. If you're genuinely interested, let them know! "I am quite excited about the possibilities your company offers, and I think I have the talent to help you achieve your goals.... What do I need to do to arrange an interview?" If an interview isn't arranged immediately, don't despair.
- Be prepared to discuss where you want to work geographically (New York - Boston - anywhere), what you like doing, what you're looking for in a job, what your most relevant skills are.
- Within two weeks after the Career Fair, send a thank you note to the representatives you met and with whom you want to follow up - making sure to use contact information on the business cards you asked for at the event.
Classroom PresentationsClick to Open
he Center for Career & Professional Development is proud to be able to offer the following programs to the Roger Williams University community. We are happy to work with you to present to any size group, students, faculty, or staff.
Past presentations have been given in the classroom; for student organizations, clubs, and athletic teams; and for leadership training or staff development.
To schedule a presentation, or simply get more information, please email the Center for Career & Professional Development. If you do not see your topic here, please contact us to discuss your group's needs.
Programs Designed for All Students/Audiences
Service Learning at RWU - in conjunction with FSL
The philosophy of the program and the requirements for fulfilling them are discussed. This program can be customized based on the demographics of the participants
The Center for Career & Professional Development is able to design programs based on the needs of the audience. We are happy to work with a faculty member, administrator or student organization to design a program.
Educate your students about the value and process of obtaining an experiential educational opportunity.
Social Networking/Informational Interviewing
Informational interviewing is a wonderful way to meet professionals while learning about their career fields. Social Networking is a successful tool to utilize during a person's career. We can introduce these concepts to your students in this presentation. Covering LinkedIn, Facebook and more.
Cover Letter and Resume Development
Cover letters and resumes are essential tools to launch a career. Let us teach your students how.
Career Fair Success
Students have approximately 30 seconds to make a good impression at a Career Fair. We can teach them how to do it well.
Online Job Search Skills
Learn how to conduct an effective and safe job search.
The cover letter and resume have been a success. The student now has an interview! Let us teach your students the SKILL of interviewing and follow-up. With appropriate notice, we will invite employers to join us to share their perspective on interviewing.
Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
Successful interviewing has led to multiple job offers. How do you decide? Salary is just one indicator. We will discuss benefits, cultures and career opportunities within organizations. We will also discuss how to ask for what you need and/or want during the offer stage.
Success on the Job
This program will address etiquette and cultural diversity in a work setting. Guest speakers may be included.