Resources for Seniors

These programs are crafted specially for seniors in search of a first job that allows both professional support from CDC staff as well as support from peers going through the same process.  We also offer you helpful resources to prepare you for interviews and build your professional profile.

Set Goals

Know where you’re going? We can help you to be strategic and competitive on your way there. 

Don’t know yet? We can help with that, too!  Call 413-538-2080 to make an appointment to discuss job search, career planning, career exploration, etc. 

Be Prepared 

Recruiting at Mount Holyoke
As a Mount Holyoke College student you have unprecedented access to internship and professional opportunities through our unique 3-college employer partnership with Smith College and Amherst College.  Recruiting brings impressive employers right to our campus, provides you with career fairs, and organizes information sessions so you can learn more about employers and career paths. Learn more about our recruiting program or log into LyonNet to start searching for opportunities!

Suit Yourself
The Suit Yourself program was created to provide a convenient way for students on a budget to acquire appropriate interview attire for their big day.  The program allows you to borrow designer jackets, skirts, and pants, sizes 2-24, in matching black fabric. Whether going to a job interview or attending a career fair, you can look their professional best! 

Custom Business Cards
Print out business cards at the CDC using a perforated cardstock template that we provide for you.  We have a predesigned template that you can easily enter you information into. Each student is given 20 professional looking cards that they can take with them to job interviews, job fairs, recruiting events, networking events, etc.

Mock Interviews
With interviews, practice makes perfect!  A mock interview will help you perfect your technique and provide you with an opportunity to get valuable feedback and coaching on your performance. Call us to schedule a mock interview appointment or to inquire about our weekly group interview prep sessions.

Big Interview Software
Big Interview is an online resource that enables you to practice your interviewing skills from any computer. Repeatedly practice with tough interview questions and record, review and share your answers to interview questions, all with an eye toward greatly improving your skills. Come to the CDC to use our Big Interview room in a private setting, or access it from your personal computer at any time!

Skype Interview Room
More and more employers are using Skype to conduct interviews. If you have a Skype interview coming up and need a private place to focus on your interview, use our Skype room. Call the CDC for room reservations.

Develop Skills

Every semester, we offer a large variety of workshops. Here are a few kinds of workshops we recommend for seniors. Log into LyonNet for an up-to-date listing of offerings, and please note that titles of workshops may slightly vary from the titles below.

Start Smart Salary Negotiation 
Ready for your first salary negotiation? Thinking about the gender wage gap?  $tart $mart workshops provide college women who are approaching the job market the knowledge and skills to negotiate salaries and benefits so that they receive fair and realistic compensation. Dinner and salary negotiation workbook is included. 
Professional/Online Brand Development
These workshops will introduce you to the value of professional branding, manage your online presence, help you understand how to develop a positive and effective brand of your own, and how it can be implemented your job search. You will learn more about yourself so you can make decisions and plans to chart a course for your career!
Networking Workshops 
As a student, it is very important to make meaningful connections with professionals for a variety of reasons, whether  seeking an internship, finding a job or simply gathering information about  careers of interest to help you make a decision. During these workshops, develop and learn to use your professional LinkedIn profile, get tips on the most effective ways of connecting with alumnae and professionals, and learn how these relationships can help you achieve your career goals. 

Job Search for Seniors
This workshop focuses on how MHC's seniors can be best prepared throughout the job search process. Learn about the resources available through the CDC to support your search.