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Center for Career Exploration & Success Resource Guide for Faculty & Staff

Read the Center for Career Exploration & Success Resource Guide for Faculty & Staff for a comprehensive overview of divisional support offered by the Center for Career Exploration & Success.

Refer Employers to the Center for Career Exploration & Success 

Through your personal, professional or alumni networks, you may learn of employers who would be interested in recruiting Miami students. Please do not hesitate to refer employers to either your Career Center Liaison or Crissy Jessie, Recruiting Coordinator, and we will engage them in the recruitment process. 

Request a Career Workshop

Call us at 513-529-3831 if you would like to have a Center for Career Exploration & Success staff member visit your class to speak on career and employment-related topics. Please schedule well ahead of time so we can customize our presentation to your particular class.

Center for Career Exploration & Success Insert for Syllabi or Canvas Site

Sample One

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future! As early as your first-year you can make an appointment with one of our advisors who can help you think intentionally about how you can connect your classes and co-curricular activities at Miami University to your future career aspirations. In addition, we can support you in exploring opportunities for summer jobs, internships, and volunteer activities that provide you the skills and knowledge you need to find a meaningful career.

If you are gearing up for the internship and job search, we offer on-line tools for finding internships and jobs, career fairs, workshops and special services to develop your resume and LinkedIn profile, cover letters, interviewing skills, and more! We can help you translate your experiences as a Miami Student into just what employers in any field are looking for. Whether you are interested in jobs in government, non-profits, schools, or corporations, we have the resources you need!

So, if you are not sure what you might be interested in pursuing or are ready to land your dream job, get connected with our programs. Give us a call, stop by, or check us out on the Web at the Center for Career Exploration & Success! For updates on events and career tips be sure to follow us on Twitter @MiamiOH_Careers, Pinterest, or ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Sample Two

More and more employers are looking for “T-shaped students” — shaped students—those who have both a breadth of real-world skills and experiences and the depth of academic preparation in a course of study. Because of Miami’s unique liberal arts education, you possess the exact skills employers need to be successful. Based on your:

  • academic achievements
  • internships and practical learning experiences
  • cross-disciplinary client-centered projects
  • faculty-supervised research
  • leadership and cross-cultural experiences
  • digital competence
  • and community service

you are uniquely prepared for roles in business, not-for-profit organizations and government. Be certain that you don't miss an opportunity in your resume, cover letter, or during an internship or job interview, to articulate to each potential employer the critical skills you have learned at Miami and the value they bring to the employer. If you need help communicating the value of your Miami experience on your resume, cover letter or during an interview complete the Telling Your Story workbook. For additional support, please visit one of the resume review drop-in locations on campus, schedule an appointment with a career advisor or schedule a mock interview.

Center for Career Exploration & Success Presentations

Faculty members are a crucial component to Miami’s Career Community. The Center for Career Exploration & Success produces presentations for faculty highlighting successful strategies for creating career-minded students. Please contact your divisional career advisor liaison to schedule a presentation.


CareerChat is a series of informative podcast interviews with professionals who discuss job-search techniques and various career topics. Several episodes are exceptionally informative for faculty members:

Letters of Reference

Each year, we receive requests for guidelines about what should be included in the letters of reference which many members of the faculty and staff are asked to write for students. The following information may be helpful as you approach this task.

  • Letter of Reference and FERPA Release Form
  • Identify the student and the capacity in which you came to know him or her. If the contact was primarily through having the student in class(es), please give the course name(s), not just the number(s).
  • Give as much evidence as possible of the student’s increased knowledge, maturity, understanding of material or other aspects of development during the period you knew him or her.
  • Future employers as well as graduate schools will be evaluating candidates on the basis of the following factors, among others:
    • communication skills (written and oral)
    • willingness to take initiative
    • level of motivation
    • planning and organizational skills
    • technical or professional knowledge or skills
    • flexibility/adaptability
    • interpersonal skills
    • willingness to accept responsibility/leadership
    • analytical/problem-solving ability
    • group interaction and team-working skills

Any information you can give to support the student’s candidacy with reference to these attributes would be helpful.

Avoid potentially discriminatory references (race, religion, national origin, marital status, age, etc.).

Accent the positive and try to qualify any negative statements with evidence of the ways in which a student is dealing with the problem. If you feel you cannot give a positive recommendation, it is best to let the student know!

Ask the student to provide you with a copy of his or her resume. This will give you an overview of the student’s accomplishments in work situations or activities outside the classroom which you may use to enhance your comments. Also, it would be helpful if you asked the student to share his or her career goals with you. This could strengthen your comments.

Sample Reference Letter

A sample reference letter is available on Google Docs. The bracketed words are suggested options to use when applicable to your particular letter.