Our goals for the On-Campus Recruiting program are:
- To provide a venue for students to interact with employers.
- To help students explore a variety of opportunities that align with their skills and interests.
- To help students create strong application materials, network effectively, and prepare for interviews.
Preparing for On-Campus Recruiting
- Review Job & Internship Postings
- Identify Companies and Organizations of Interest to You
- Polish Your Resume
- Get Professional
- Hone Your Interview Skills
How and where do you find out who is coming for on-campus recruiting?
- Check out Ole Career Central - Ole Career Central is where all the job and internships are posted. This is where you will upload your requested documents (i.e. resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript). You will apply for opportunities you are interested in and if selected… schedule your interview.
- Visit the large display board outside the Cage in Buntrock Commons, 2nd level (Sept.-Nov.). There, you will find information on all recruiters visiting campus who are conducting information sessions, tabling events and collecting resumes, as well as shared recruiting opportunities at Carleton and Macalester College.
- Click here for a daily schedule of on-campus recruiting events.
- Click here to join the corporate recruiting email alias to receive information on upcoming on-campus recruiting information sessions
Ole Career Central is your source for up-to-date job and internship postings for organizations recruiting through St. Olaf this fall.
- Log in to Ole Career Central.
- Find the “Jobs and Internships” tab, and click on “St. Olaf Posted Opportunities”.
- Under the “Show Me” drop down menu on the right side, select “On-Campus Recruiting Jobs & Internships”, and click “Search”.
- Click on the title of any position to learn more about the employer, position, and the application material deadlines. Most applications will be submitted through Ole Career Central and the organizations website.
- Upload your application materials to your Ole Career Central profile, and submit the required documents for each position under the posting by the application deadline date.
Having trouble signing in? Call x3268 or stop in the Piper Center, Tomson 270 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Researching the company/organization is like studying prior to an exam; make time for this important step.
Attend On-Campus Information Sessions scheduled by the recruiting organization to learn about the company as a whole and the specific positions offered. Log in to Ole Career Central, click on the “Events” tab, and choose the “Employer Information Session” option to see the schedule. These events are also listed on the St. Olaf Master Calendar.
Know the Industry. VAULT is a great resource for industry guides and specific information about companies in the industry you are interested in. For example, are you applying to Piper Jaffray? Vault has a 253 page guide to middle market investment banking – know the competitors, jargon, and challenges of the industry to fully prepare for an interview. Create an account using your St. Olaf email address to access guides to consulting, investment banking, retail, corporate finance, marketing and many more!
Lynda.com offers video tutorials to help you brush up on industry skills, like accounting, business writing, and Excel, as well.
Research the Employers to get a broad view of each organization and its primary business. The Piper Center also has some materials available from recruiting organizations.
1. If you haven’t already… Draft a resume!
- Use the Piper Center’s on-line resume resources to help you write a first draft.
- Bring your completed draft to the Piper Center to have a peer advisor review it.
- You are welcome to stop in anytime 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
- Peer Advisors specializing in on-campus recruiting will be in during the following times: Mondays 9-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m., Thursdays 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and Fridays 9-10:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.
2. Revise and Specialize
- Tailor your resume to the position you are applying for; you may need more than one version to be effective!
- Use skills, abilities, and terms from job descriptions in your resume.
- Utilize information from your research on the company.
- Make sure the descriptions of your experiences on your resume have impact.
Note: For purposes of interviewing on campus, you should include your GPA on your resume.
- Walk in to the Piper Center, TOH 270, 8 a.m-5 p.m. to have a Peer Advisor critique your resume at least once.
- Log into Ole Career Central to schedule a coaching appointment with a career coach to have your resume reviewed and prepare for interviews. No same day appointments will be accepted, plan ahead!
If selected for an interview, you will receive email notification on how to sign up for an interview time slot online through Ole Career Central.
To make a great impression when you interview, you’ll need to take time to prepare for your interviews by practicing answers to common interview questions.
Utilize the Piper Center Resources
- Practice answers to commonly posed questions.
- Prepare a benefit statement.
- This answers “Tell me about yourself,” which in an interview setting, is harder than you think!
- Use Lynda.com for a crash course on acing your interview.
- Helpful tips on negotiating salary.
Schedule a practice interview on Ole Career Central by making an appointment with a career coach. Be sure to request two adjacent 30 minute time slots.
- Piper Center staff members are here to help you hone your interviewing skills.
- Be sure to prepare answers to common interview questions and know details about the position and company you are interviewing for.
- Treat this practice session like the real deal – wear your suit, bring a copy of your resume in a leather portfolio and be prepared to ask the interviewer a couple questions (about the company, position, etc.) just as you would the actual interviewer.