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Career Readiness

Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college-educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.

For new college graduates, career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce. Career readiness is the foundation upon which a successful career is launched. Career readiness is, quite simply, the new career currency.

For higher education, career readiness provides a framework for addressing career-related goals and outcomes of curricular and extracurricular activities, regardless of the student’s field of study. For employers, career readiness plays an important role in sourcing talent, providing a means of identifying key skills and abilities across all job functions; similarly, career readiness offers employers a framework for developing talent through internship and other experiential education programs.

ARE YOU CAREER READY? *There are eight career readiness competencies, each of which can be demonstrated in a varitey of ways.

CAREER MAP: This is a guide to show students the different tasks to complete each year of their college career to ensure a successful transition into the professional world.

Career & Self-DevelopmentProactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.

Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities. 

Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively change the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.


*As defined by NACE: the National Association of Colleges and Employers

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Are you looking to complete an Internship for Credit? Make sure you read over the handout and when it's time to register for courses, reach out to your advisor to register for the appropriate 401 course.

  • Talk to Your Advisor - This may seem obvious but should be your first step. Your advisor may have ideas or suggestions for you to help make alternate plans if an internship right now is not possible.  


  • Meet with Career Development Staff - Staff in the Career Development Office are available to meet in the office, via video conference, or telephone. This may be a great time to have your resume or cover letter critiqued as you prepare for an internship. We can even schedule a mock interview, so you can get some great practice before the real thing.  


  • Create or Update Your LinkedIn Page - LinkedIn is a great resource to establish a positive professional networking presence online. You can connect with organizations and professionals in your field and begin to explore internship and professional opportunities. 


  • Explore Handshake - In August 2019, Chestnut Hill College started using the Handshake platform for all career and internship-related job postings. This resource is free to students and should be one of the first places you go to search for internships. Log in using your CHC email address and password - www.JoinHandshake.com 



  • Read (but not too much) - Professional organizations and websites like the National Association of Colleges & EmployersInside Higher Ed, and Forbes have excellent internship sections with helpful answers and strategies to questions like “What if my summer internship is canceled? How can I prepare for a future internship? And “Is an internship even worth it?” 



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Remote Job Search Tips
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Make sure you register with Handshake to check out all of the great opportunities available to you!

Philadelphia Works website - Building a Stronger Workforce in Philadelphia: https://www.philaworks.org/


Resources for Remote Work:





State of Remote Work: Comprehensive global report on the state of affairs (pre-COVID-19) https://lp.buffer.com/state-of-remote-work-2020


Remote Job Boards: https://skillcrush.com/blog/sites-finding-remote-work/



https://www.flexjobs.com/ (note- this does have a subscription fee to view all job information but you can get a sense still of what types of jobs are posted and I am mentioning it because it is very popular and reputable within the world of remote/flexible jobs)



Workplaceless: a great professional development organization for remote work, they help universities and businesses understand how to best learn, grow and lead remotely. https://www.workplaceless.com/

Learn the language & skills of remote work: The Remote Work Dictionary AND the Remote Work Competency Model will help job seekers understand this realm. https://www.workplaceless.com/blog/remote-work-dictionary & https://www.workplaceless.com/blog/remote-work-competency-model

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Virtual Career Fairs and Webinars
Virtual Career Fairs & Webinars

Make sure you are always checking the HANDSHAKE Events tab for all new Career Fairs and Info Sessions hosted by employers looking to hire!!

...and keep checking back for other Virtual Career Fairs and helpful Webinars we hear about!



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Graduate School
Graduate School

WEBINAR: Graduate School Explained Passcode: 1fA0wp  (This webinar is sponsored by Arcadia University.)





The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Services Management is designed for those who appreciate diversity and aspire to contribute to social justice through their work in a broad range of service-oriented organizations, such as non-profit and community organizations, criminal justice systems, health and human service agencies, residential programs, and educational institutions. https://www.chc.edu/academics/graduate/human-services-management



The MPCAC-accredited Clinical and Counseling Psychology Master’s Degree Program prepares students to become competent and ethical mental health professionals. The program is designed to expose students to the theory and science of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, provide training in the skills needed for professional practice, encourage appreciation of diversity and social justice, and prepare students for ongoing graduate study. https://www.chc.edu/clinical-and-counseling-psychology



The Chestnut Hill College Master of Science (M.S.) in Cybersecurity is a convenient, fully online, 30-36 credit program with highly competitive tuition.  

The online design allows professionals to complete their master’s degree in 20-24 months. The courses are taught in eight-week modules, allowing students to complete six credits per semester over five semesters. Courses are designed and taught by subject matter experts who have diverse experience in the field of cybersecurity.  https://www.chc.edu/graduate-cybersecurity

In addition to core classes, we have several unique areas of expertise where topics are covered:

  • IPv6
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • IoT
  • Human Factors
  • Digital Forensics




The Master of Science (MS) in Organizational Leadership prepares graduates to succeed in leading people and organizations in the Philadelphia region’s largest industries and employers including healthcare, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, higher education, government, banking, and financial services, technology and research, communication and entertainment, corporate, general business, and retail organizations.

The MS in Organizational Leadership focuses on the critical soft skills of managing people and change in organizations while providing solid foundations in managing data, technology, budgets, and resources for organizational success. https://www.chc.edu/academics/graduate/organizational-leadership



At Chestnut Hill College the education division seeks to foster a deep commitment to teaching and lifelong learning. The overall objective of our programs is to contribute significantly to the improvement of instruction in the classroom, the leadership in schools, and support services to meet the needs of all children. The Masters in Education (M.Ed.) programs are designed to meet the professional needs of individuals seeking initial or advanced degree and/or certification(s) programs in education and leadership. https://www.chc.edu/academics/graduate/education-graduate-division


University of the Sciences Grad Programs

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Interviewing Tips
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Interviewing virtually can be tricky. Here you will find helpful tips on how to interview professionally.

Interview Rubric from NACE

STAR Method

50 Tough Interview Questions

Phone Interviewing Success

13 tips for nailing a Skype interview -- Alexandra Whittaker  -  USA TODAY College

Skype interviews can really be the best of both worlds — you still get face-to-face time with an employer while cutting travel out of the equation. And while mastering the interview is a common practice, etiquette surrounding a Skype interview is different from both in-person and phone interviews. Here are 13 tips to help you rock a Skype interview.

1. Look at the camera, not the screen.
It is very tempting to watch yourself or your interviewer during a Skype session, but looking directly at the video camera is the only way to maintain direct eye contact with your interviewer.


2. Dress the part.
When it comes to what you wear, treat your Skype interview like an in-person interview and dress professionally from head to toe (or at least from head to waist!). A professional dress code with video interviews is expected, not excused.


3. Prepare your surroundings.
Pick a quiet place to interview without an elaborate backdrop so that you can be the focal point on the screen. Remove anything distracting behind you and keep it neutral.


4. Practice makes perfect.
Doing a run through interview with a friend beforehand is helpful because your first few Skype calls are likely to feel awkward, especially if you have to retrain yourself to watch the camera and not the screen. Play around with everything beforehand so that when it's interview time, you can shine without being distracted by the program.


5. Close other programs on your computer.
Getting Facebook notifications during your interview is distracting and unprofessional. Before your interview, make sure all other windows on your computer are closed (especially if they make noise).


6. Use notes.
Don't be afraid to help yourself with post-it notes or a copy of your resume handy when you interview. A benefit of having a Skype interview is that you can have a cheat sheet in front of you so that you don't have to memorize everything you want to mention.


7. But don't rely too much on your notes.
Just make sure your notes are easily scannable so that you use them as quick reminders, not a script. While having notes is certainly a plus, relying too heavily on them can cause awkward pauses during your interview. An interviewer won't be impressed if they only see the top of your head during the interview, so while having notes is good, be sure to use them sparingly.


8. Avoid interruptions.
If you are interviewing in a house with multiple people or pets, be sure to let everyone in the house know ahead of time that you will be in an interview while securing any animals away from your interview space. Nothing is less professional than having to tell your potential employer to hang on while you shoo your dog away from the camera.


9. Keep your profile professional.
Unlike an in-person or phone interview, your first impression during a Skype interview doesn't actually involve you. The first thing your interviewer will see is your Skype username and picture, so double check that they are both interview appropriate (or create a professional Skype account — after all, they're free!)


10. Watch your body language.
Not all physical cues translate from in-person interviews to Skype interviews, which make the ones that do even more important. Be sure to have good posture and relax your shoulders to avoid stiffness.


11. Avoid a "Can you hear me now?" situation
Nothing is more frustrating than only catching every other word a person is saying, so be sure to tweak the Skype audio ahead of time to make sure you can both hear and be heard without difficulty.


12. Make sure the interviewer is engaged.
Stop every once in awhile and make sure your interviewer is engaged in what you are saying. Being aware of the interest level of your interviewer is crucial in a Skype interview since they may have interesting e-mails pop up that direct attention away from you.


13. Follow up!
A thank-you letter is just as important after a Skype interview as it is in an in-person interview. Avoid following up on Skype, though, unless the interviewer requests it!


Alexandra Whittaker is a junior at Marquette University

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The Career Development Office works with the Alumni Office to host a Student and Alumni Networking Night each spring semester. We ask alums to come back to campus to help students work through the awkwardness that can be networking. Students practice their introductions, "elevator" speeches, and conversation starters with alumni while making connections and hearing about their career journey.

If you are an ALUM and would like to participate, please contact: Maureen Fisher McLaughlin, Director of Alumni Relations:



Make sure you sign up with LinkedIn to assist with your virtual networking. 

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Fraudulent Job Posting Red Flags
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While you’re working hard to make sure you land that perfect job, be aware that the perfect job may not be so perfect. Con artists and scammers post fraudulent jobs that sometimes are difficult to spot at first. Keep reading to learn some tips on what should raise a red flag and how to protect yourself if you think you may have applied for a fraudulent job.

1. The sender’s email address has a generic public domain
2. The domain name is completely wrong or slightly misspelled
3. The email is poorly written in terms of grammar and spelling
4. The tone of the email is urgent and requires you to act swiftly
5. The attachments or links are suspicious – DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN
6. The email promises financial windfall or grave penalties 
7. Your gut instincts tell you the email is fake
Although the staff in The Career Development Office reviews job and internship postings to determine legitimacy, we want to make sure you are aware of these signs that are red flags that a job or internship posting is fraudulent:
The company/person sends an email directly to your school email address. Sometimes the Career Development Office will send opportunities to students, but the company should never contact you directly via your CHC email address. 
The job posting asks you to provide your credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.
The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500), or even a well-known local establishment. Yet, the domain in the contact’s email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company (this is typically easy to determine from the company’s website). Another way to validate is to check the open positions on the company’s website.
The contact email address contains the domain @live.com, @hotmail, @yahoo, @gmail, etc.
The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.
The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.
You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).
You receive an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).
You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.
The posting neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are. Instead, the description focuses on the amount of money to be made.
The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note – this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.
The position indicates a “first-year compensation” that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.
Look at the company’s website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.
Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. – this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.
The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. “employees can earn from $40K – $80K the first year!”)
When you Google the company name and the word “scam” (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: http://www.ripoffreport.com.
Google the employer’s phone number, fax number, and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The employer contacts you by phone, however, there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.
Google Map the physical address of the organization. If the “street view” image does not appear to be a business operation, it is more than likely a scam.
The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).
For more information on Fraudulent Jobs or Job Scams, please review the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information site at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/job-scams 
What if You are Already Involved in a Scam?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests the following instructions for schools to share with students who have responded to fraudulent postings.
The student should immediately contact the Campus Security (215) 242-7777. The campus security are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
Please contact The Career Development Office too (

. Although we make every effort to review postings before they go live to our campus community, we want to be informed of illegal activity related to postings so that there will not be other victims.
In addition to the above instructions, if it is a situation where the student has sent money to a fraud employer: the student should contact their bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, the student should file an incident report with the: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Always feel free to reach out to anyone in the Career Development Office with questions about job postings, and report any emails sent to you that don’t seem legitimate to:


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Career Chats
career chats

Videos of the Career Development Office hosting webinars and interviewing representatives from different companies.

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Other Helpful Websites

My Perfect Resume: Here you will find advice on how to create resumes and cover letters, plus guidance on how to navigate interviews, job searches and offers, all written by their team of seasoned Career Advice Authors.

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