Career Conversations

Advice and News from the Cohen Career Center

U.S. College Hiring to Increase 8.3 Percent

Employers plan to hire 8.3% more new college graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 report.

Opportunities for Students

KPMG Case Competition

November 21th, 2014 | All Day | Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room
KPMG is pleased to announce that the College of William & Mary has been chosen to participate in KPMG’s International Case Competition (KICC) again this year. As one of only 30 universities selected, William & Mary students will have the chance to compete head-to-head against some of the brightest students across the country for the ultimate prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Finals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in April!

The first step of your journey to Dubai is competing against your fellow William & Mary students on Friday, November 21. To simulate the tight deadlines and demands of today’s business world, this case competition only requires a 48-hour time commitment. All you need is the case, two days to analyze the issues and make recommendations, and three friends to form your team.

How to Register: To register your team, complete the form found at (look for the yellow “Register Your Team Here” box) by Monday, November 17 at 12:00 PM. Please note that teams must have 4 members (no more, no less) and that all participants must be intended or declared business majors, with at least 1 intended or declared accounting major. All team members must also have a valid passport to be able to compete at the International Finals.To learn more, check out our Web site at or e-mail Pete Bartok (, your KPMG contact, for more information.

Wall Street Program in New York City - January 2015

January 14th - 16th | All Day | New York City
This popular program introduces approximately 20 William and Mary juniors (with a GPA of 3.25 or higher) to careers in investment banking, trading systems and risk management platforms, hedge funds and asset management and helps prepare them to be competitive for internships and ultimately for full-time employment. Previous companies visited include: JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo Securities, Deutsche Bank, BNY Mellon, Freeman & Co., and Citi.

Program Fee: $400 program fee includes lodging for two nights in Manhattan (January 14th & 15th), two networking dinners with alumni, lunch on the 14th and breakfast and lunch on the 15th.

Please apply via Tribe Careers by Friday November 21th, 2014 by 11:59pm.

Contact Liz Ross ( for more information regarding the program.

What to do with your winter break

Winter break is worth more than extra sleep and catching up on your laundry! Come to this quick 40-minute workshop to discover the four major activities you can engage in during your month away from college to maintain momentum and progress in your career search.

Register on Tribe Careers!

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Mock interviews available now!

Would you compete in a sport without practicing first?

Prepare for professional recruiting with a mock interview, now available for November 17th, 18th & 19th. Please visit TribeCareers to reserve your spot!

Last Chance for 2014 Workshops

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The Compass Program for Freshmen & Sophomores is Back!

What is Compass?

The Career Center is more than just a finish line for graduating seniors preparing for the "real world." It is also a starting point for freshmen and sophomores who seek career guidance and opportunities to explore their interests. The Compass Program is a comprehensive menu of experiences, workshops, and counseling opportunities, all bundled together to help you find your path and plan for your future, starting in your very first year at William and Mary. Compass will help you learn how to use career tools and resources, increase confidence to inform the career decision-making process, and build momentum for action in your own career development.

Compass Calendar:

  • How to Experience and Test Career Options

    Thursday, November 20th, 3:00-4:00pm

    What Makes You Career Ready? A Practice in What's Next

  • Wednesday, December 3rd, 3:00-4:00pm

  • See TribeCareers for more details and to RSVP.

  • Tips for Utilizing Your University’s Career Services–from a Career Coach

    I often hear complaints from new college graduates that career services didn’t get them a job. Something many students don’t understand is that career development centers are not placement organizations. Career services professionals are there to help provide you with the tools to figure out what you want to do professionally and how to best market yourself for the job search. With that being said, here are my top tips [abbreviated list] for effectively utilizing the career services offered at your university.

    1) Career service professionals are not there to give you a job or place you in a job.

    • Career development offices are here to help you figure out the kinds of careers you’re interested in based on your values, interests, and personality and how to pursue those careers.

    2) Think about what you’d like to get from your meeting before the appointment.

    • We don’t always realize we have more than one issue and that’s completely fine. If you can, though, consider how you’d like your career adviser to help and what areas you feel need the most attention.

    3) Realize that career development is a process.

    • You are not a failure for realizing a career path is wrong for you in your senior year.
    • You are not useless because you don’t know what you want to do with the rest of your life as a college freshman.

    4) Come back for multiple sessions.

    • Career services can help you edit your resume, prepare for interviews, understand your personality type, and deal with the stressors that come with choosing a profession.
    • Develop a relationship with a career coach and maintain it through your time in college.

    5) Don’t be afraid to utilize alumni career services.

    Finding the right career can be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. Many students believe that college is a time to go to class, go to parties, and be involved in student organizations. While these can be great experiences and teach you so much about yourself, don’t forget to plan for your career. We spend so much of our lives at work—it is my opinion that figuring out what you want to do with your life is as important as knowing who you want to marry or the kind of person you want to be. Career advisers are here to help you make the journey from college to career a rewarding one. Take advantage!

    Read full article here:

    Job Search Myths Debunked by A Recruiter: Part III

    We learn the truth about common job search myths from Danielle Setola Antes, a human resources and recruitment professional in Washington, D.C.

    Job Search Myth #8: The best way to get a job is to apply online via a job board.

    Truth: Networking and social media are your biggest assets in a job search.

    HR Insider Tip: Companies used to pay thousands of dollars per year to post their jobs on the biggest job search boards. Today, that’s all changed. While you’ll still find postings on Monster and Careerbuilder, many employers are taking their candidate search elsewhere. Check out their social media pages – especially Twitter, which is rapidly becoming one of the largest outlets for job postings. And network, network, network. If there’s a company you’re interested in working for, don’t wait until there’s a job posted to reach out – they may have an unposted opportunity that’s just perfect for you. Connect with recruiters and decision makers for that organization on LinkedIn, join groups relevant to your industry and role, and use your network to find your next role.

    Job Search Myth #9: Don’t discuss salary until you’ve been offered a job.

    Truth: Do your research.

    HR Insider Tip: Compensation is always a touchy subject, and you’ll find that most advice suggests leaving this conversation until you’re further along in the interview process. It’s difficult to navigate this dance, as if you ask for too much, you may take yourself out of the running, but if you ask for too little, you may miss the opportunity for a raise. Yet, for some people, there really is a set number they’d need to see in order to consider accepting a role – and if you wait until your third interview to find out that they can’t offer that salary, you’ve just wasted your and the company’s time. If that’s the case, make it known early on in the interview process – but include it as part of a range you’d like to be within. Otherwise, do your research, budget an appropriate raise for yourself, and have a number in mind as you interview with the organization. That way if you are asked what you’d need to make, you’ll have a smart, likely attainable number in mind.

    Job Search Myth #10: Promote yourself in any way possible to get the recruiter’s attention.

    Truth: Your qualifications are what will get you a job – not your gimmicks.

    HR Insider Tip: Recruiters are bombarded daily with hundreds of candidates all applying for the same role. And while gimmicks can make you stand out from the pack, it’s generally in a less-than-positive way. When it all boils down, it’s your qualifications that are the most important piece of your application. If the skills and experience aren’t there, it won’t matter that you’ve included in your cover letter that you’re the “perfect candidate for the job” or that you’ve dropped your resume off in person, or sent the recruiter a box of chocolates (hint: don’t do any of those things).

    Job Search Myth #11: If you follow the rules, you’ll find a job in no time.

    Truth: There’s no secret recipe to land a job.

    HR Insider Tip: Every job is different, every company is different, and most importantly, every recruiter is different. There are some rules of thumb that just about every recruiter looks for, but in reality, everyone is looking for something particular, and you either have it or you don’t. If you’re not receiving responses from your application, adjust your job search system until you find a strategy that works for you. Assess the situation before you blindly follow job search advice, and create a job search strategy that works for you. As we mentioned above, the days of just blindly submitting applications are over – you have a plethora of resources at your fingertips, and you’ll need to use them in order to get your resume in front of the right people.

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    Upcoming Events

    National Institutes of Health Information Session

    Cohen Career Center

    Monday, Nov. 17th, 12:00-1:00pm

    What to Do Over Winter Break: Tips from the Cohen Career Center

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room

    Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 3:00-4:00pm

    Internship Search Strategies Workshop

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Rooms A&B

    Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 12:00-1:00pm

    Resume, Cover Letter Writing, Linked-in Profile Workshop

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Rooms A&B

    Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 1:00-2:00pm

    Effective Interviewing Workshop

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Rooms A&B

    Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 2:00-3:00pm

    On-Campus Interviewing & Navigating Tribe Careers Info. Session

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room

    Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 3:00-3:30pm

    Aerospace Corporation Information Session

    Cohen Career Center

    Thursday, Nov. 20th, 12:00-1:00pm

    Compass Program: How to Experience and Test Career Options

    Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room A&B

    Thursday, Nov. 20th, 3:00-4:00pm

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