Senior Initiative

The Senior Initiative Program is a job readiness program in which Career Development counselors assist graduating students with navigating today’s job market and ultimately excelling in their desired careers.  Through a series of customized core workshops students will learn how to effectively search and apply for jobs; market themselves to prospective employers; communicate effectively in and out of the workplace; and make lasting connections with other professionals. After the core workshops are completed, students will receive a certificate of completion. In addition, participants will be paired with a career counselor who will work independently with them to support their career development and ongoing job search.

The registration deadline for the Spring 2015 Senior Initiative program is Sunday, March 1st, 2014 at 11:59PM.


Senior Initiative Spring 2015 Core Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be held at Career Development from 6:15 pm. - 7:30 pm

Section 1

  • Monday, March 2 (Advance Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Wednesday, March 4 (Staying LinkedIn Like a Pro)
  • Monday, March 9 (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)
  • Wednesday, March 11 (5 Keys to a Successful Interview)

Section 2  

  • Tuesday, March 3 (Advance Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Thursday,  March 5 (Staying LinkedIn Like a Pro)
  • Tuesday, March 10 (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)
  • Thursday, March 12 (5 Keys to a Successful Interview)

Core Workshops

Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Clinic

In many cases, your resume and cover letter are the very first things a potential employer sees about you.  As seniors looking for full-time positions upon graduation, it is crucial to have compelling, succinct and relevant documents that highlight your achievements, qualifications and fit for a particular position and organization.  Learn what it takes to get your resume and cover letter the attention it deserves.

Staying LinkedIn Like a Pro 

70-80% of jobs go unadvertised.  What does this mean for seniors looking for full time jobs? You must be networking! Though students know that networking is a crucial part of the job search, many times they are still unclear about exactly how to go about doing so.  Learn how to locate, contact and follow up, both in person and online, with professionals and build upon your network.

Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search

In the current economic climate, one needs to employ a variety of tactics to effectively implement your job search. Learn how to develop a strategy to effectively search for jobs in both the open and hidden job market. 

5 Keys to a Successful Interview

A resume and cover letter will get you an interview, but the interview is what gets you the job!  Though you’ll never quite know exactly what will be asked during an interview, proper training and practice can prepare for whatever comes your way. Learn what to do before, during and after an interview to make the best possible impression, communicate your message and land the job.

To learn more about the program, email Robert Earl at

Additional Requirements

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day is a one-day event that will be held on Friday, March 27thYou will be matched with an alumna and visit her workplace. This day will allow you to get a first-hand look at a company’s culture, along with the day-to-day aspects of a particular industry or position. Most of all, you will have an invaluable opportunity to network with enthusiastic alumnae and build connections in your field of interest.

Career Assessment

You will be paired a career counselor who will work with you independently on your career development and job search.  If you are unsure of what you want to do for work, you can take career assessments that will help you discover your interests, preferences, and personal styles—exactly the information you'll need to choose a career you can be passionate about.

  • Strong Interest Inventory-This personality instrument helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information and will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making and communicating. It can help you evaluate how you are likely to operate in a particular setting and job.
  • MBTI -The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help you select a career field that is a good fit for your personality make-up.