Services for Students and Alumni
The friendly staff and the programs of the Career Development Office can help you:
Uncertain about your career plans or your major? Getting started with your job or internship search? A counseling appointment is recommended to explore majors or career options, find internships, review cover letter and resume drafts, identify job search strategies and resources, apply to graduate or professional school, or to prepare for interviews. Make an appointment to talk with one of our professional career counselors at your convenience.
Counselors can help you identify and find internship opportunities related to your educational or career goals. Assistance is also available in applying for internships, obtaining a Learning Contract required to earn credit, developing resumes, writing cover letters, and preparing for interviews.
FREDNetwork is a web-based system that provides you with the ability to search professional, internship, student employment, and summer job opportunities. You can also learn about CDO Spotlights and other events. Click on the FREDNetwork logo to get started and set up a Search Agent to have opportunities emailed to you.
MyPlan is an online program that helps you to identify major and career options related to your personality, what you like to do, what you are good at, and what is important to you. It also includes extensive information to help you research career options. It is most helpful when the results are discussed with a counselor. Check out the Careers and Majors section of CDO Online.
A counselor will interview you, and videotape the interview. During the playback of the tape, suggestions for improving your interviewing skills will be discussed. See yourself as the employer sees you. You can also practice your interview skills at home using Big Interview (Internet access and webcam required).
A series of handouts is available on each of the following topics:
- career planning (successful career planning, a timetable, information interviewing, information interviewing questions)
- resumes (writing a great resume, pointers, what to include, styles, career objectives, action verbs, a checklist)
- letters (job search letters, pointers, an outline, electronic)
- job search (basics, common mistakes, networking, finding advertised vacancies, using directories, researching an organization, finding jobs online)
- interviewing (preparing for interviews, practicing with Big Interview, interview tips and follow up)
Explore careers by viewing over 4,000 online video interviews from professionals in a wide variety of careers and browsing the Careers/Majors section of the CDO website. Books, magazines, pamphlets, articles, and videotapes about careers are organized for easy browsing on shelves in the resource area. They contain information about work tasks, desired academic background, personal qualities and experiences, salary, hiring organizations, and job market. These materials are also available for sign-out.
Job Search Information
Online job search videos, employer directories, resources and links are available in the Looking for a Job section of CDO Online. Books and DVDs about how to look for a job, interviewing, writing cover letters and resumes, as well as sample resumes, are available on the job search information shelves in the resource area.
Graduate School Information
Directories of graduate programs, resources on financial aid and information for the GRE, GMAT and LSAT are available online and in the resource area. Resources and information about how to write an application essay, test preparation software, books and videos are also available.
See Change in CREDENTIALS FILE POLICY - beginning September 2018. As technology has advanced in recent years, many employers have developed online application systems and are requiring applicants submit all materials (resume, cover letter, transcript, and letters of recommendation) electronically. Because it is more practical, time-efficient, and cost effective for candidates to maintain their own job search documents, the CDO will no longer establish new Credential Files for seniors or alumni, nor will we accept new letters written for existing files.
First Destination Graduate Survey
The office conducts an annual follow-up study of the most recent graduating class to determine their employment and/or graduate study status. Career outcomes are available on CDO Online.
The staff is available to make presentations on a variety of career-related topics including career options, internships, summer jobs, resume writing, job searching, interviewing, and applying to graduate or professional school.
|Office Location||Gregory Hall, 2nd floor|
|Office Hours||Academic year: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 - 5:00 pm, M-F
Summer: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, M-F
|Mailing Address||Career Development Office
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
|Tracy Collingwood, Director, Engagement and Career Development
|CDO Staff||Christopher LaGrow, Associate Director
|CDO Staff||Marjorie Maloney Plaister, Assistant Director
|CDO Staff||Jennifer Wilkins, Internship Coordinator and Career Counselor
|CDO Staff||Jessica Ruber, Graduate Assistant