Spartan Alumni Mentoring Initiative (SAMI)

A mentoring relationship can be beneficial to both the mentee and mentor in learning about career and graduate and professional school paths.  It can be a great way to better define your interests, learn about different opportunities, and hear advice that you can’t read on the Internet.  For both people in the relationship, it can provide the opportunity to make connections and network within your field.

Mentee Advantages

  • Learn valuable information specific to the career you are interested in pursuing
  • Gain advice as your choose your next steps in your career
  • Make better informed decisions

Mentor Advantages

  • Gain and improve your leadership skills
  • Build interpersonal skills
  • Make a difference in the life of someone with similar interests and goals

Tips for a good Mentoring Relationship

  • Establish goals and guidelines- during your first meeting both of you should discuss your expectations and what you are looking for in this relationship
  • Keep open and honest communication
  • Get to know each other and have fun!

Does this relationship sound like something you would like to be a part of?  Sign-up for the Career Services Center “Spartan Alumni Mentoring Initiative (SAMI)” and we will connect you with a mentor or mentee.  To find out more details about the program, watch the JING below.

Mentee Jing:

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If you are interested in signing up, click here:

Mentee Registration Form:

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How to Spot a Fake Job Posting

Why would anyone create a job posting/advertisement for a job that doesn’t exist?  Because someone may want to gather your personal and financial information.  There are some job advertisements (usually posted on Craigslist) which are created solely for the purpose of gathering hopeful job applicant’s personal information.

Eight things to look for when searching job postings:

Look at the correlation between the salary and the experience required- if a job posting says that a company is looking to fill a position with a six figure salary and no experience is required, it’s probably too good to be true.  No entry level job is going pay an employee over $100,000.

Avoid job postings that require a fee- Most recruiting agencies and headhunters are paid by the company who is hiring; they usually aren’t paid by the job applicant.  Most any job that requires a form of payment in order to submit a resume or application should be treated with skepticism.

Look at grammar- Most professional companies aren’t going to post a job advertisement that contains numerous misspellings and grammatical errors.

Your gut feeling is telling you something is wrong- When you go to a company’s website, does it make an applicant type in their email address before continuing?  Is the company’s email listed in the job posting as a @gmail or @yahoo?  If something with the job application process doesn’t feel right, it’s good for a job seeker to ask around about the legitimacy of the company.

Do research!!!- If the company name or the hiring manager are listed in the job posting, google their information.  Every job applicant should try to find out as much information as possible concerning any possible job.  Find out about the history of the company, number of years they have been active, the size of the company, how large the company is, what their specialties include, what are their mission goals and values, etc.

Avoid postings that ask for personal information- A job seeker shouldn’t be providing a potential employer with your social security number or birthday unless they have been hired by the company. That information is provided after employee has been hired and is filling out direct deposit and tax paperwork.

They fail to mention a specific location or company information is very vague- If a company doesn’t have an official address listed, this should be a red herring.  Most every professional company will have an official address listed so that they can be contacted; a company’s address should be public record and easily accessible online.

Automatic responses- If a job applicant receives a generic, automated response to every email they send the company, this should raise some red flags.  Anytime you are contacting the hiring manager, you should be exchanging emails with a real, live human being.

What Not to Wear!

Wondering if you have the clothing you need to make a professional and positive first impression?  Or, are you unsure if what you already have in your closet will work for you?  Where do you start?

No worries!  The Career Services Center has created resources for both Him & Her that will provide you with advice and show you what to wear and what not to wear to interviews, career fairs, professional and networking events, etc.  Plus, you will also find additional tips and information that will help you and show you how to begin building your work attire and professional wardrobe.

Check out both our Men’s Professional Attire and our Women’s Professional Attire on Pinterest.  Professional Dress_Her_blog picture Professional Dress_Him_blog picture









Don’t forget to smile!