CEAS Career Services offers a number of services for your students. Please explore our website to see how we can help you and your students.
You can refer your students to CEAS Career Services in EMS 387 for assistance with their career development. We provide students help with:
How can CEAS Career Services help you?
Don't cancel that class! When you, your TA or adjunct faculty need to miss a class at the last minute, don't cancel it. Contact CEAS Career Services and we will be glad to do a presentation on a specific topic (i.e., resume writing, networking, interview) or about the range of services we provide for students.
Helping Your Students
Writing a reference letter
Faculty are frequently asked to write references for students who are seeking employment or going onto graduate school. When writing references there are a few key guidelines you should follow.
- Identify the student, your relationship and the length of the relationship. If your contact with the student is primarily through a class, list the course name. If it was through employment, list the title of the position and what the job entailed.
- Provide as much information of the student's increased knowledge, skill level, maturity, people skills, and any other aspects of development during the time you knew him or her.
- Request that the student give you a copy of his or her resume to help you better understand the student's career goals and objectives.
- Graduate schools and employers will be evaluating candidates on a number of factors, which may include:
- Oral and written communication skills
- Organizational and planning skills
- Technical knowledge
- Interpersonal skills
- Problem solving skills
- Research skills
Any information that you can provide to support these attributes will be helpful. You should try to avoid any potentially discriminating references (race, religion, marital status, etc.).
Focus on the positive and try to qualify any negative statements with how the student is dealing with the problem. If you feel you cannot give the student a positive recommendation, decline to write the letter or to serve as a reference.
Click here for a sample reference letter.
Click here for a faculty guide to ethical and legal standards in student hiring.