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Center Offers Career Support for Alumni
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By Clint Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Photo by Chris and Sarah Rhoads
The Center for Career and Calling at Seattle Pacific University, long a resource for students, is also an essential part of the job-search toolkit for many SPU alumni.
“I would not be in the job I’m in if not for the people in CCC,” says Toms Lee ’14 (pictured), a local market specialist for Porch.com, a Seattle-based home improvement network. “CCC counselors not only reviewed my résumé but connected me with professionals at companies I was interested in.”
Now that he is “on the other side” at one of the fastest growing startups in Seattle, Lee has already given back. Not only has he done informational interviews with SPU seniors, he hosted a CCC “Career Trek” at Porch headquarters, during which SPU students took a tour, asked questions, and connected with Porch recruiters.
“It was a joy for me to impact students in this way,” says Lee.
There are many ways alumni can benefit from forging a strong relationship with the CCC. They receive access to job postings and a database of employers who have expressed a specific interest in SPU alumni. This “inside information” has led to mentorships and job offers. Alumni also have access to a career resource library and to SPULink, a new job posting and networking tool where they may post jobs, find volunteers, or arrange to speak in a classroom. Alumni are eligible for career counseling and may make appointments at 206-281-2485.
If an alum is happily employed or retired, the CCC can keep them connected with qualified SPU job talent. Mentoring, mock interviewing, résumé editing, and Career Trek hosting are just some of the ways to be involved.
“We want to ensure that every SPU alum has the opportunity to live out his or her vocation and calling,” says Bryan Jones, director of alumni and parent relations. “We are fortunate to have a career center on campus eager to serve alumni.”