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Employer Relations

We welcome all opportunities to partner and help with recruiting needs. For additional information, please contact us at 718-990-6375 or careers@stjohns.edu. Below are those who are here to help you:

  • Denise Hopkins, Executive Director
  • Matthew Furnari, Director, Employer Relations and Career Advisement - College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Donna Haynes, Director, Employer Relations - College of Professional Studies
  • Lenora Kinchen, Director, Employer Relations - St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Patrick Holton, Director, Employer Relations - The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • Jennifer Grauso, Associate Director, Employer Events and Programming

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Advising Policies and Procedures

Prepare for Your Appointment: To receive the most benefit from your appointment with a career advisor, we ask that you:

  • Complete your CareerLink profile and log on.
  • Do some career exploration on your own.
    This might include reviewing the Exploring Majors and Careers area of our  Web site; preparing a draft of your resume or bringing along a copy of an internship or job listing of interest.

Cancellations: We request that you make every effort to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance.

Lateness Policy for Appointments: Arriving more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled individual appointment will result in an automatic rescheduling of your appointment. 
Professional Dress:  Although it is not necessary to dress in a suit for your appointment with a career counselor, we recommend that you dress professionally for mock interviews, networking events, career/internship fairs and other employer events. 

Alumni Service Policy *
As of July 1, 2013, University Career Services will serve alumni in career counseling/advising appointments through their lifetime for a maximum total of three appointments.  Alumni will be referred to the career coaching services of identified partners of University Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations.

  • Alumni will continue to be welcome to participate in the events sponsored by University Career Services, with the following exceptions: employer site visits, shadowing and on-campus recruiting.
  • Alumni will be engaged in industry networking events hosted on campus and in the NYC area.
  • Programs specifically designed with an experienced professional in mind will be created as needed in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations.

Cancellations / No-Shows / Lateness
Alumni will be monitored under the same policies as recently set for students with regard to cancellations, no-shows and lateness.

Revocation of Alumni Services 
Alumni utilize University Career Services as a courtesy.  You may lose the privilege of receiving services if any of the following occur:

  • Repeatedly missing your appointments and/or consistently misusing session time;
  • Attending career advising sessions or events under the influence of alcohol or narcotics;
  • Sexually harassing, physically threatening or verbally abusing University Career Services professional or student staff;
  • Disruptive behavior.

*Recent graduates are considered alumni as of June 1st following the year after their graduation date.  This includes September, January and May graduates. Ex. May 2013 graduates are considered alums as of June 2014.

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Career Peers 

Career Peers are available to assist students in their college with career advice, including: 

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Job and internship search basics
  • Interview tips
  • Graduate school search and application process
  • Using our online resources (e.g., CareerLink, COACH, Vault)

Career Peers are generally available to assist between the hours of 10a.m. and 4p.m., Monday through Thursday, when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters, you can also tweet them on Tuesdays between 11a.m.-2p.m. at #AskACareerPeer You can also call (718) 990-6375 to find out when peers are available.

Interested in Becoming a Career Peer?

Career Peers are student paraprofessionals who enhance the experience of fellow students by modeling professionalism and sharing expertise gained through internships and leadership activities. They play a valuable role in supporting the mission of University Career Services, serving as a resource to internal and external constituents, including students, faculty, administration and employers. University Career Services is currently accepting applications.  If you are interested in applying for a Career Peer position please complete the application and send it to Joni O'Hagan along with a copy of your resume. 

If you have any questions about the Career Peer Advisor program, please contact Joni O’Hagan, Senior Associate Director at (718) 990-6376.  

Click here for Career and Internship Resources

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Career Action Plans 

Beginning in their freshman year, students should start taking steps to ensure they are on a successful career path.  The following are general plans that will help you gain a better understanding of your career options and maximize your prospects for obtaining internships and employment. 

Click here for Career and Internship Resources

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