Q: Does CSPD find jobs for students?
A: The role of CSPD is to help you develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Our staff is here to provide assistance during your career development or job search; however it is up to you to initiate this process. There are many ways to enter the job market – you must be willing to take the first steps.
Q: I already put together a resume, why do I need to have someone from CSPD review it?
A: CSPD wants you to market your self in the best way possible. Since the resume is typically the first introduction you have to an employer, it is imperative that you put your best foot forward and we want to make sure your resume will open, not close, doors for you. The CSPD staff has a lot of expertise in resume development and incorporates feedback from numerous employers about “what works and what doesn’t” in addition to having actual work experience in human resources/recruiting/hiring.
Q: I am graduating in May. Why do I need to start the interview process in October?
A: Many employers have a formal college recruitment process that is part of their staffing strategy. Companies estimate how many entry-level openings they will have for the coming year and then begin the college recruitment process months in advance of the intended start date. This is to attract the top talent at their target campuses.
This does not mean that all college hiring takes place in the fall. Some employers who do not have formal college recruitment programs may conduct their search process a little later than the above and interviews may even take place in the spring. The important thing is to get started as soon as possible.
Q: I just accepted a job offer; do I need to inform anyone?
A: Yes, by reporting your job information, you are assisting the Fox School in gathering important data, which is used to provide better information to our customers. Students and SPOs request information on hiring companies, industry trends, salary data, etc. to help them benchmark offers. CSPD also looks at this data to develop our corporate outreach strategies.
Q: Do I have to be an “honors student” to use the CSPD?
A: No, you do not need to be an honors student, but should:
- Be a FSBM student
- Possess a genuine interest in your professional development
- Be willing to comply with CSPD guidelines
Q: I submitted my resume to a company who was going to interview candidates at the CSPD. I was not selected for the interview and when I asked why, I was told that my GPA was not high enough. Please explain.
A: Selected companies interview FSBM candidates at CSPD throughout the semester. As part of this process, CSPD is asked to collect resumes and screen candidates based on specific requirements outlined by the employer. The role of CSPD in the candidate selection process is bound by ethical and professional courtesy. While we encourage you to submit your resume for positions that interest you (and for which you are qualified), CSPD is never in the position to actually select who gets the interview. We simply ensure the resumes meet the employers’ requirements.
Q: I’ve worked long and hard on my resume and I am very proud of the final product. Why do employers insist on putting an employment application in front of me and asking me to carefully complete it?
A: Congratulations on getting your first resume done! After many long hours of careful thought and preparation, it may seem redundant that you are asked to complete an employment application. However, as part of the formal application process (legal processes, systems processing, etc.) candidates often are required to complete an organization’s official employment application.
We recommend you follow these guidelines:
- Print neatly. If you have the opportunity, make a copy of the application to work on, and then copy your responses to the original.
- NEVER make a statement such as “see attached resume.”
- Avoid leaving spaces blank. If a question does not apply, write “not applicable” on the line.
The employment application is an important business document. Careless completion of it can be hazardous to your job search!
Q: I accepted an offer with a top firm in which I had some interest, but this company was not my first choice. Three weeks later, my first choice offered me a position.
A: Yes, this can certainly be an ethical dilemma. Remember that you represent Temple University and the Fox School of Business & Management, as well as yourself. Your actions will affect your future and those of your classmates, as well as the reputation of the university. You accepted the job offer that the employer extended to you in good faith. Consequently, your obligation is to stick with the first offer. You do however; have the right to keep the lines of communication open with the second company for future opportunities.
Think before you act and if you feel you need advice about how to handle a difficult situation, please stop by the Center for Student Professional Development. Take the time and make the effort to be certain about your actions before you find yourself in a regrettable situation.