Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are vital members of Miami's Career Community and are encouraged to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills needed to formulate and conduct a successful career plan.

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Classroom Resources

The career planning process takes place throughout a student’s career at Miami. Students must be purposeful, deliberate, plan early and use the many resources available to them. We encourage you to utilize and refer your students to the many programs and services the Center for Career Exploration & Success offers:

Assistance with Letters of Reference

Each year, we receive requests for guidelines about what should be included in the letters of reference which many members of the faculty and staff are asked to write for students. The following information may be helpful as you approach this task.

  • Letter of Reference and FERPA Release Form
  • Identify the student and the capacity in which you came to know him or her. If the contact was primarily through having the student in class(es), please give the course name(s), not just the number(s).
  • Give as much evidence as possible of the student’s increased knowledge, maturity, understanding of material or other aspects of development during the period you knew him or her.
  • Future employers as well as graduate schools will be evaluating candidates on the basis of the following factors, among others:
    • communication skills (written and oral)
    • willingness to take initiative
    • level of motivation
    • planning and organizational skills
    • technical or professional knowledge or skills
    • flexibility/adaptability
    • interpersonal skills
    • willingness to accept responsibility/leadership
    • analytical/problem-solving ability
    • group interaction and team-working skills

Any information you can give to support the student’s candidacy with reference to these attributes would be helpful.

Avoid potentially discriminatory references (race, religion, national origin, marital status, age, etc.).

Accent the positive and try to qualify any negative statements with evidence of the ways in which a student is dealing with the problem. If you feel you cannot give a positive recommendation, it is best to let the student know!

Ask the student to provide you with a copy of his or her resume. This will give you an overview of the student’s accomplishments in work situations or activities outside the classroom which you may use to enhance your comments. Also, it would be helpful if you asked the student to share his or her career goals with you. This could strengthen your comments.

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Working with Employers

What Employers Are Looking For

According to the results of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are looking to hire candidates with outstanding communication skills who are team players. Students must be able to communicate the value of their degrees to employers as well as:

  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to obtain and process information from a variety of sources
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
  • Technical knowledge related to the job
  • Possess strong work ethic

Recommending Students to Employers: Legal Issues

All internship and job candidates should have equal access to the opportunity for open and free selection of employment opportunities consistent with their personal objectives, the optimum use of their talents and employment criteria established by employers. The University’s EEO policy and standards established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), reinforce this basic principle. To assist faculty and staff in this aspect of the recruitment process, NACE has published a Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring.

Student Prerequisites

To participate in on-campus interviewing (OCI), students must:

  • Attend Basic Interviewing Skills
  • Complete/review a Handshake profile (unique ID and password required for student login)
  • Upload resume(s) to Handshake

While students are discouraged from restricting their job-search activities to on-campus interviewing, this remains one of the most well-known and popular services administered by the Center for Career Exploration & Success. Each year hundreds of employers visit campus to interview registered graduating students of all majors for entry-level positions with their organizations. Many employers also use on-campus recruiting to identify intern candidates.

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