Senior Initiative

Be prepared to land your dream job.

The Senior Initiative Program is a job-readiness program in which Career Development counselors assist graduating students with navigating today’s job market in their desired careers.  Through a series of customized 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 completing the workshops, participants will be paired with a career counselor who will work independently with them to support their career development and ongoing job search.

Register now for the Spring Senior Initiative

Senior Initiative Core Workshop sample schedule:

Section 1

  • Monday, February 1st (Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Wednesday, February 3rd (Staying LinkedIn Like a Pro)
  • Monday, February 8th (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)
  • Wednesday, February 10th (5 Keys to a Successful Interview)

Section 2  

  • Tuesday, February 2nd (Advanced Resume & Cover Letter Clinic)
  • Thursday, February 4th (Staying LinkedIn Like a Pro)
  • Tuesday, February 9th (Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search)
  • Thursday, February 11 (5 Keys to a Successful Interview)

Core Workshop Descriptions

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 

Seventy to eighty percent 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 build upon your network by locating, contacting, and following-up with professionals, both in-person and online.

Conducting a Comprehensive Job Search

In the current economic climate, one needs to employ a variety of tactics that effectively implement a job search. Learn strategy that brings job opportunities in both the open and hidden job market. 

Five 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 will 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 Barnard Career Development at

Additional Opportunities

Time Management (register above through Spring Senior Initiative)

Benefit from the experience and insights of Personal Life Coach and Barnard alumna, Abby Dishi, on Friday, February 12th at lunchtime, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Why is time management so important? Abby will share strategy for prioritizing that results in using time wisely, rather than allowing time to use you. With the onslaught of information and myriad of opportunities we are faced with daily, learning to maximize your time is an absolute necessity.

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day

On Take a Barnard Student to Work Day, you will be matched with an alumna and visit her workplace for a one-day event: Friday, February 26thThis 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 Assessments

You will be paired with a Career Counselor who will work with you independently on your career development and job search.  If you are unsure of what you want,  you can take career assessments that will help you understand your preferences and tendencies:  exactly the information you'll need to choose a career you can be passionate about.

  • Strong's Interest Inventory-This personality assessment tool helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information; it will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making, and communicating.  This survey can help you evaluate how likely you are to thrive in a particular job setting.
  • MBTI -The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is designed to help you select a career field that that fits your personality make-up.