Career Services in the News

Career Services has been in the news this week and we’re happy to share the headlines!

Career Services recognized with Penn’s Model of Excellence

We are honored that Penn has recognized our entire staff for their outstanding efforts in supporting students during the pandemic.  From virtual fairs and more flexible appointment scheduling to inventive on-campus programming, we’ve done our best to make sure our services were not only uninterrupted, but re-imagined as needed during these difficult times.  For the full list of honorees, see the official release from Penn Human Resources.

An annoucement that Career Services recieved honorable mention in the 2021 Penn Models of Excellence Awards for Supporting Students During COVID-19









Dr. Joseph Barber Speaks to Higher Ed Jobs











Director of Graduate Career Initiatives, Dr. Joseph Barber, recently spoke with about standing out in academic job search interviews with an “earned secret.”  Joseph gave some tips about cold calling faculty members at the institution you’re interviewing with:

Say something like, “I’m interviewing for this role next week and I would love to learn a little bit more about the organization so that I can make sure that I’m highlighting the best skills that I can bring to this position.”

“That way, there’s no covert aspects about what you’re trying to do,” Barber said. “You can also then say to the person, ‘I understand if it’s not appropriate for you to talk with me because that might influence you or you might be part of the search committee or have some role (in the decision).’ It’s a very disarming statement to say, ‘I’m interviewing, I’m very excited and I’m hoping to get your input because that will help me prepare and bring out my best version of myself. But if you can’t do that, that’s fine, too, and I appreciate your time.'”

Read the full article here.

By J. Michael DeAngelis
J. Michael DeAngelis Senior Associate Director, Communications & Technology