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Career Services

Career and Internship Fair

02/17/2017 9:53 am

Career and Internship Fair

Career Fair LOGO

Please save the date for the Rock Valley College and Rockford University Career and Internship Fair.

Where: Rock Valley College, Physical Education Center (3301 N. Mulford)
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 1 to 4pm
Registration Cost: $75 – This fee includes a light lunch, free professional headshots, and refreshments for two employees as well as one eight-foot skirted table and two chairs per employer.

Why a Career and Internship Fair?
The Career & Internship Fair provides employers with an opportunity to meet talented students and alumni, collect resumes, and interview candidates. It also allows employers to reach a large pool of potential candidates.

EMPLOYERS
As of Friday, September 16, 2016, registration for the fair is now closed.

JOB SEEKERS
Attendee pre-registration will begin on Monday, August 15, 2016. Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged. Job-seekers who pre-register will have their resume sent to employers before the fair.

Job seekers must wear appropriate interview attire. No jeans, sweatshirts/sweatpants, or flip-flops will be permitted. This dress code will be strictly enforced.

If you have any questions in advance, please feel free to contact Jeremy Ennis via email or phone at 815-394-4287 or JEnnis@Rockford.edu.

Career Development

11/08/2016 12:14 pm

Career Survey Results

Each year, starting in 2012, the Career Development department has reached out to the graduates of the previous year to guage where our most recent alums are in terms of their career.  Below you will find the results!

Class of 2014 Career Survey

Class of 2013 Career Survey

Class of 2012 Career Survey

At Rockford University, Career Development is not just a department or one-stop center, but an enabling process that starts when you first arrive to RU. While you are on campus, you develop and learn more of who you are and what you aspire to be—and Career Development can help with that.

We are here to assist current students and alumni in reaching their career goals by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in the workforce. We realize that it is an employer’s market and, now more than ever, experience is just as important as obtaining a degree. That’s why Rockford University’s Career Development department is focused on getting current students ready for the real world and providing job-search assistance for alums.

Contact Information

Maurice A. West II
Director of Career Development
815-226-4022
MWest@rockford.edu

Location: Burpee Student Center, Student Life Suite

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Job, Internship, and Graduate School Prep

  • Resumes: Learn how to create or reformat your resume with our strength building techniques
  • Mock interviews: Designed for your specific job field to provide you feedback regarding the content of your answers, as well as your nonverbal behaviors
  • Develop Action Plans: Discover what steps to take for your job, internship, or graduate search
  • Federal Work Study Opportunities: Learn about off-campus work study positions
  • Workshops and Events Throughout the Semester – please check the announcements above for further details regarding workshops and events
  • Job and Internship Leads – Click on the “Career Postings” link above for a list of current opportunities available

Career Postings

Please utilize our new job board at College Central to view internships, part-time, and full-time positions.

Career Counseling

  • Career Assessments: Determine which major or career path to pursue that correlates with your interests, skills, work values, personality, and future goals
  • Career Satisfaction: Identify your career goals and the plan to achieve them
  • Explore if graduate school is the right fit for you
  • Investigate if your inner voice helps or hinders your academic and career goals

Resources

10/28/2016 3:37 pm

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Employers

10/28/2016 3:32 pm

EMPLOYERS

Posting Positions

To post opportunities to our students and/or alumni, employers can create a company profile on Rockford University’s College Central Network job board by visiting www.collegecentral.com/Rockford. Sign up for a free employer account and post jobs immediately to our school.

If you have questions or would like to post, contact Career Services. Please include the following information:

  • Title of the position
  • Description of the position
  • Qualifications
  • Contact information
  • Application deadline

If the position is a full-time and requires a college degree, Career Development can also post the position on the ISCPA (Illinois Small Colleges Placement Association) site (www.iscpa.org) for students and alumni of small colleges in Illinois to view.

On-Campus Recruiting

Additionally, Career Development welcomes the opportunity to team with employers to recruit and hold interviews on campus.

Career and Internship Fair

Rock Valley College and Rockford University partner together to host two Career and Internship Fairs each year. The Fall Fair is located on the campus of Rock Valley College, and the Spring Fair is located on the campus of Rockford University. Additionally, we have thoughtfully considered employer feedback and will be implementing the following positive changes to the fair:

  1. A dress code of no jeans, sweatshirts/sweatpants or flip flops permitted. Professional attire is required. We have always encouraged professional attire in the past, but now we are requiring it.
  2. A pre-registration process for attendees. Although students and alumni will still be allowed to attend the event if they have not pre-registered, those that do will have their resumes sent to employers prior to the fair. We believe doing so will allow us to catch resumes that need work in advance. Participating employers will receive all resumes in advance, and they will be categorized by interest area. Furthermore, A pre-registration process will hopefully help us attract serious job and internship seekers.
  3. Additional details regarding participating employers and opportunities that will be available. This information will be available further in advance on both of our college websites to better prepare attendees.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Alumni

10/28/2016 3:28 pm

ALUMNI

Just because you are out of sight concerning being on campus does not mean that you are out of mind! We are still here to assist our alumni as well.

Resumes and Cover Letters 

Do you feel like your resume is not sealing the deal for you? No problem! We can help you enhance your resume and cover letter. Some people make the mistake of not truly understanding the importance of a resume. It is the forerunner to your success in landing a new job – so it’s important that it’s free from grammatical errors and that it expresses who you are and what you can do! It is most beneficial to set up a one-on-one appointment – however, if you are not able to come to campus for an appointment, you may also e-mail your documents to the address below for review and we will respond to you within 24-48 hours!

Mock Interviews

We offer practice interviews for alumni as well! Your interview will be recorded so that you are able to develop a greater awareness of your non-verbal behaviors, because a lot of what you say does not come out of your mouth! Additionally, you will be asked specific questions relating to the job you are seeking so that you can be better prepared when participating in a formal interview.

Job Search Assistance

We offer job search assistance!  Rockford University uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile at www.collegecentral.com/Rockford to:

  • Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities easily and efficiently
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles

Furthermore, you can also log onto www.iscpa.org and go to the On-line Career Center and create a profile to search for employment and internship opportunities and post your resume. Additionally, through the Illinois Small College Placement Association, alumni can participate in the annual CareerFest, TeacherFest and Interview Day!!

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I Eligible for Student Employment? All full-time undergraduate students are eligible for employment on campus, whether a commuter or resident student. All students requesting student employment must first complete the financial aid process. Federal work-study eligibility is a preference for all student employment positions. With the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, every employer in the United States must now check the legal status of all employees, including student employees, hired after November 1986, or face the threat of criminal penalties. All new employees must complete an I9 form and prove their identity and eligibility to work in this country before they can begin working.


How Do I Find an On-Campus Job? 
It is the student’s responsibility to find student employment on campus. All open on-campus positions are posted on the website. The student obtains an application from Human Resources or online, fills it out and returns it to Human Resources. Human Resources provides students with a copy of their application to carry throughout the application and interview process. Student Administrative Services provides the student with a Federal Work-Study/Campus Work-Study Authorization Card. Students should only schedule an interview once they have received their card. Once a student is hired for one of the posted, open positions, the hiring supervisor completes the student’s authorization card and a Personnel Action Notification for Students. The supervisor should return the appropriate paperwork to Human Resources. The student completes any other necessary employment paperwork. Rockford University’s job search process mimics that of the outside world and offers students the opportunity to discover the variety of campus positions available, to compare them and to participate in interviews. It also creates the opportunity for students and departments to meet their needs for the academic year in a competitive manner. It is important that the student project professional appearance and conduct, as there are many more students looking for jobs than there are available positions.

I’m Thinking About Changing Jobs. What should I do? On occasion, a student employee and their supervisor mutually agree to terminate the employment relationship. The most common reasons are scheduling conflicts or obtainment of off-campus employment. These terminations should be readily apparent before or early in the semester and should be handled quickly so those positions can be available for other students. Any problems or concerns that arise regarding on-campus jobs should be discussed with an immediate supervisor. If the problem or concern cannot be resolved with the supervisor, the student employee may choose to seek other employment on campus. However, a student employee should not job-hop and should always give a two-week notice, which is considered standard courtesy. A student employee should never walk out on a job!

 

How Much Do I Get Paid? Rockford University uses a job classification process to ensure that all student employees are being paid equally while working in similar positions. To ensure equality, all positions have a written job description on file with Human Resources.


When & How Do I Get Paid?
 Student employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis according to the Student Payroll Schedule‌ which also indicates when timesheets are due. Students are issued a paycheck; earnings are not subtracted from their tuition bill.

What Are My Responsibilities? Student Employment was designed, not only to assist in educational expenses, but also to help students learn work ethics to carry with them as they move into careers. The student employees are expected to:

• Report promptly to their work site and supervisor.
• Become familiar with job duties, quality and quantity of work expected.
• Adhere to the mutually agreed upon work schedule.
• Submit their timesheet to their supervisor as specified by the Student Payroll Schedule.
• Complete the Federal I9 and W4 forms prior to beginning work.
• Keep their supervisor informed of any schedule deviation.
• Report all on-the-job injuries or illnesses promptly to their supervisor.
• Maintain good work performance.
• Do not exceed their total award amount and adhere to e-mails received from the Student Employment Program Coordinator when limited award amount is remaining.
• Participate in the employee performance evaluations.
• Notify their supervisor and Human Resources if they plan on terminating employment.

How can off-campus student employment help me? The Off-Campus Federal Work Study program is designed to not only assist students with their educational expenses, but also to gain valuable community service experiences. Due to federal guidelines, community organizations must be non-profit. Only those students who were awarded Federal Work Study in their financial aid package may participate. During the school year, students are limited to the number of hours they may work per week. Those hours are based on their academic status. For further information, please refer to the Illinois Coop and Off-Campus Federal Work Study page.

Illinois Coop – What’s that? The Illinois Coop Internship Program is funded through an annual grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The internship is defined as an academically related work and study experience with business, industry, government or other agencies and organizations. The purpose of the grant is to give students the opportunity to support their academic endeavors with financial assistance, while providing practical work experience in their field of study. To qualify for an IL Coop position, students must be in good academic standing, available to work up to 15 hours per week and an Illinois resident. For more information, please visit the  Illinois Coop and Off-Campus Federal Work Study page.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Services and Programs

10/28/2016 3:20 pm

SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

Services for Current Students

If you haven’t started working with us on a plan to achieve your career goals yet, it’s never too late (or too early!) We’ll meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go by working with you on the academic, extracurricular and experiential learning experiences you’ll need.

The next step will be to access the many tools and resources available to help you prepare for applying, interviewing for and landing an internship or even that first job. Meet with us to create a resume/cover letter, prepare for an interview and develop a comprehensive job search strategy.

Student Employment

Many full-time, undergraduate students qualify for Student Employment while attending RU.


Off-Campus Federal Work Study

If you qualify for Off-Campus Federal Work Study according to your financial aid package, you can contact us to discuss current open positions.

Internships

Internships provide you with a wonderful opportunity not only to gain valuable experience to build your resume, but also to allow you to understand what a position really entails. Additionally, internships offer you the chance to network with professionals in their chosen fields. These experiences can lead to receiving strong references and recommendations as well as the possibility of being offered a full-time position upon graduating.

We can assist you in finding internship opportunities! If you are seeking an academic internship for credit, you should contact the appropriate professor in your major.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Don’t have a resume? No problem! We can help you develop a resume and cover letter. Two of the biggest mistakes that people make involve not proofreading their resumes and not making them as marketable as possible. It is most beneficial to set up a one-on-one appointment. To do so, students can call 815-226-4022 or e-mail careers@rockford.edu. If you are not able to come to campus for an appointment, you may also e-mail your documents to the address above for review and we will respond to you within 24-48 hours!

Mock Interviews

We offer practice interviews for current students and alumni. Your interview will be recorded so that you are able to develop a greater awareness of your non-verbal behaviors because a lot of what you say does not come out of your mouth! Additionally, you will be asked specific questions relating to the job you are seeking so that you can be better prepared when participating in a formal interview.

Job Search Assistance

We offer job search assistance!  Rockford University uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile at www.collegecentral.com/Rockford to:

  • Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities easily and efficiently
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles

Furthermore, you can also log onto www.iscpa.org and go to the On-line Career Center and create a profile to search for employment and internship opportunities and post your resume. Additionally, through the Illinois Small College Placement Association, you as well as alumni can participate in the annual CareerFest, TeacherFest and Interview Day!!

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Career Development

07/26/2016 10:41 pm

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

In collaboration with faculty and staff and various off-campus partners, the Rockford University Career Development office equips students and alumni to be strategic and career ready.  

Career Development is not just a department or one-stop center, but an enabling process that starts when you first arrive to RU. While you are on campus, you develop and learn more of who you are and what you aspire to be—and Career Development can help with that.

We are here to assist current students and alumni in reaching their career goals by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in the workforce. We realize that it is an employer’s market and, now more than ever, experience is just as important as obtaining a degree. That’s why Rockford University’s Career Development department is focused on getting current students ready for the real world and providing job-search assistance for alums.


What We Do

Career Development can help students and alumni through:

  • Creating an exceptional resume, cover letter, or CV
  • Providing mock interview opportunities
  • Assessing their interests, strengths, values, and goals
  • Developing an job/internship search startegy
  • Planning for admission to graduate school
  • Connect experiences in the classroom and community with future career opportunities
  • Exploring majors and minors and link them to post-graduate goals
  • Developing and curate an online portfolio and professional social media presence
  • Providing frequent distribution of job opportunities in the area

Like you, we are focused on your personal and professional development as a whole person.  We are here to help you find your ROCK SOLID PROFESSION, as well as to help you identify the ways you can make meaningful and sustained contributions to the world both now and in the future.


Job Search Assistance

Rockford University uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile at www.collegecentral.com/Rockford to:

  • Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities easily and efficiently
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles

CollegeCentral.com


Career Survey Results

Each year, starting in 2012, the Career Development department has reached out to the graduates of the previous year to gauge where our most recent alums are in terms of their career.  Below you will find the results!

 

 

Meet Our Staff

Maurice A. West II
Director of Career Development
815.226.4022 | MWest@rockford.edu


Jeremy Ennis
Career Development Graduate Assistant
815.394.4287 | JEnnis@rockford.edu

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Career Development
Burpee Student Center -- Student Life Suite
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4022

Maurice A. West II — Director
careers@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm