The Job Search Boot Camp is an interactive workshop designed to help Cornell seniors gain the skills they need to be successful as they look for jobs after college. Cornell alumni with significant experience in human resources and new employee recruiting will offer expert advice on navigating today's employment market. UPDATE: Boot Camp is now open to Juniors!

Learning Outcomes
By participating in the Job Search Boot Camp, Cornell students will:

  • Be able to articulate challenges and opportunities they face entering the job market
  • Be able to present a stand-out professional resume
  • Be able to articulate their skills and achievements as part of an interview process
  • Be able to identify key attributes of creating and maintaining their own professional brand
  • Be able to implement constructive strategies to successfully manage an online job search process
Program Schedule
Saturday, February 23 in Law Hall
  • 11:15 am--Registration, Moose Lounge
  • 11:30 am--Alumni Panel and Lunch, Law Hall
  • 12:15 pm--Alumni Mentor Group Breakout
  • 12:45 pm--Concurrent Session I: Resume Workshop (Purple Group) or Online Branding (White Group)
  • 1:30 pm--Break
  • 1:35 pm--Concurrent Session II: Resume Workshop (White Group) or Online Branding (Purple Group)
  • 2:20 pm--Break
  • 2:35 pm--Concurrent Session III: Interview Skills (Purple Group) or Online Job Searching (White Group)
  • 3:20 pm--Break
  • 3:25 pm--Concurrent Session IV: Interview Skills (White Group) or Online Job Searching (Purple Group)
  • 4:10 pm--Alumni Mentor Group Breakout

Boot Camp Expectations
Students interested in the Job Search Boot Camp are expected to do the following:

  • Seniors: register for the Boot Camp via JIVE by Wednesday, February 20. (Juniors: by Thursday, February 21)
  • Submit the $5 program fee to participate in the Boot Camp by 4 pm on Friday, February 22 to the Career Engagement Center.
  • Upload a copy of their professional resume to their JIVE profile by Friday, February 22. Bring a hard copy of their resume with them to the Boot Camp. Click here for resume resources.
  • Research jobs via JIVE and Going Global. Boot Camp participants are asked to identify one job opening of the type of work they would like to pursue after graduation. The job posting does not need to be one they will actually apply to following the Boot Camp.
  • Bring a hard copy of, and be ready to use, their resume and JIVE or Going Global job posting as workshop documents during the Boot Camp.
  • Dress in business casual attire for the Boot Camp.
  • Participate in follow-up mock interview experience in March 2013.
  • Attend a follow-up Alumni Mentor Group meeting in April 2013.

Registration Process
All Cornell seniors and juniors are eligible to register for the Job Search Boot Camp via JIVE. Registration closes on Wednesday, February 20 for Seniors (Thursday, February 21 for Juniors) and space is limited for the Boot Camp.

Email the CEC.

Featured Presenters

Carin Carstens

Carin Carstens '98
Senior Recruiter, Johnson Controls
Milwaukee, WI

Carin Carstens is an authority in diversity and university recruiting strategies.  She is currently a Senior Recruiter for Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company.   Her role in Talent Acquisition supports Power Solutions, a $5.9 billion division and the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.  In this role she travels to numerous college campuses and national career fairs.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Carin worked in a variety of roles with Sodexho, including the Human Resources and Training Director at Northwestern University.  She chose to focus on recruiting full time; working with a Telecommunication company and then DHR, one of the top 5 executive search firms in the country.

Carin graduated from Cornell College in 1998 with a B.S.S in Ethnic Studies.   She currently lives in Milwaukee, WI where she is an active member of several recruiting and human resources organizations including Fuel, Link Up and SHRM.
Stephene Norwood

Stephene Norwood '97
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Chicago, IL

As a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Stephene focuses on financial and retirement planning, offering comprehensive, confidential, financial advice.  Stephene strives for a personal, one on one, relationship with her clients. She prides herself on her attention to detail and her ability to draw out what a client's dreams and wishes are in regards to retirement, education for their children or grandchildren, taking care of their parents as they age, gifting to their favorite charities and leaving a legacy. 

Prior to joining the firm, Stephene was a staffing executive working with Information Technology and Financial Professionals in the Chicagoland area.   During her tenure, she worked with various Fortune 500 companies to identify staffing needs and source the talent to fill those needs. Her responsibilities included working closely with management teams to help them articulate exactly the professional they needed as well as educating hiring managers on behavior based interviewing techniques to give greater confidence in hiring selections.

Stephene resides in Glen Ellyn with her husband Paul. She has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney since 2005* and has been registered since 2008.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and she actively participates in the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Library organization as well as the Cornell College Club of Chicago.

* Includes years at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and its predecessor firms.

Laura Barr

Laura Barr '96
Team Lead, Corporate Communications, Alliant Energy
Cedar Rapids, IA

Laura Barr works with internal clients at Alliant Energy to communicate their messages to employees in the most efficient and effective way possible. This includes crafting newsletters, emails and marketing pieces. I also take a leadership role in coordinating the company retiree program that encompasses over 3,500 company retirees. She is also responsible for planning and executing numerous employee, retiree and external customer events.

Prior to her time at Alliant Energy, Barr was a Regional Coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she summarized her experience by saying "at MDA - you do it all". She described her passion as working with the clients we served, energizing our sponsors, planning over the top events and mentoring a staff of 26 employees in five offices.
Dedicating so much time to a single agency allowed her to develop customer service, management and marketing skills.