USF to Offer Free Alumni Career Services

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2009) – Recognizing the difficulty of finding employment in the current economy, the University of South Florida Career Center, in collaboration with the USF Alumni Association, will offer career and job search assistance services to all USF alumni. The services will be exclusively for unemployed alumni who have earned a degree from USF and will be provided free of charge.


“USF Provost and Senior Vice President Ralph Wilcox developed the idea for the initiative to support alumni who are looking for a new job,” said USF Dean for Undergraduate Studies Bob Sullins. “Called Alumni CareerQuest, the goal is to provide alumni with effective job search strategies, resources and coaching support to help them through this turbulent market.”


According to Career Center Director Drema Howard, Alumni CareerQuest is not intended to be a job placement or employment program. “However, alumni will have access to a wide variety of on-site and virtual resources, professional career coaches, workshops, webinars and state-of-art job search preparation software systems. They will also be eligible to participate in recruitment venues that will allow them to network and connect with organizations seeking to hire candidates from USF,” she said.


Alumni CareerQuest services will be delivered by professionally trained career counselors, job search coaches and employment relation specialists at USF’s Career Center in Tampa.


USF understands the hardship current economic conditions have placed on alumni and their families and how difficult the job search process has become,” said USF Alumni Association Executive Director John Harper. “We’re pleased to join in the effort to offer fellow USF Bulls this service and support the university’s decision to suspend the alumni career service fee for the 2009-2010 academic year.”


Sept. 25 Workshop Kick-Offs Alumni CareerQuest Initiative


Alumni CareerQuest will kick-off on Sept. 25 with an all-day workshop titled, Job Search Strategies for a Tough Economy. Topics will include: “Job Search Strategies in a Weak Job Market,” “Developing a Polished Resume,” “Effective Interview Strategies,” and “How to Take Full Advantage of Career Center Services”. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. Pre-registration is required and will begin on Sept. 8 and close Sept. 24. Alumni may register by going to the Career Center website,


According to Howard, after the September kick-off, alumni may begin to use the Career Center library and schedule job coaching appointments with center staff. Alumni residing outside the Tampa Bay area may schedule telephone or online e-coaching appointments. Weekly career and job search webinars, in addition to a number of on-campus career fairs and e–fairs, will be made available.


Alumni will be able to create an account in Career Connections, the Career Center’s job search management software system that will allow job seekers to upload their resume, view and apply for jobs posted, as well as apply for and schedule on campus interviews where employers have requested to interview alumni.


Additional services include access to:


·         Hundreds of virtual, printed and DVD resources on career planning, occupations, resume writing, interviewing tips, industry research and employment outlook data.


·         OptimalResume, a virtual job search software that allows alumni to develop effective resumes, video resumes, cover letters, online portfolios and customized websites; build a skills inventory; and practice for an interview.


·         CareerBeam, a comprehensive research database that allows alumni to investigate over 15 million companies and 20 million industry contacts.


·         The Vault - Career Inside, an online resource providing “insider” information on thousands of industries, specific organizations, occupational profiles and career fields provided by employees who work in these areas.


·         Career Connections recruitment and candidate resume database.


·         On campus interviews.


·         Career networking fairs


·         Web-based job listings.


Information regarding registration for the kick-off workshop and Alumni CareerQuest services can be found on the USF Career Center website,, after Sept. 8.



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