Alumni

Center for Career Connections provides quality programs and services to help alumni prepare for and find job placement.

  • Find Jobs

    Post your resume for employers to review and search job boards.

  • Resume Tips

    Find out what to avoid when drafting your resume and how to submit it for personalized feedback.

  • Writing a Cover Letter

    Learn how to format your cover letter and how to submit it for personalized feedback.

  • Job Fairs

    See when and where we’re hosting job fairs and come meet future employers.

Find Jobs

Register with Grace College’s Online Job Board. Post your resume for employers to review. Check out the jobs that have come to our attention in the Center for Career Connections Office. Gain access to an additional national online job board.

Questions?

Email Jaci Forshtay or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

Resume

Alumni of Grace College & Theological Seminary can email their resume drafts to Jaci Forshtay for review. She’ll critique it and respond with suggestions for improvement.

Resume Do’s:

  • Tailor your resume to the position you’re applying for. Study each job posting and try to incorporate the skillsets and qualifications that you possess from past experiences into your resume.
  • Feature a brief summary of your most unique and special qualifications near the top of your resume. This should be a few sentences that set you apart from the other applicants and encourages the hiring manager to keep reading! This section is typically titled “Profile” or “Summary of Qualifications.”
  • Highlight your work experience, achievements, and volunteer work. When possible, quantify your experiences to help demonstrate your skills.
  • Double and triple check for spelling and grammatical errors!
  • Save and send as a PDF so formatting issues aren’t an issue.
  • Even after landing that coveted position, continue to improve your resume. It should be a “living” document that you refresh and keep current.

Resume Don’ts:

  • “This is my life on paper.” A resume is not your life story. Be careful NOT to make it simply a collection of your employment history.
  • Disorganization. The presentation of your resume is just as important as the content. If your resume doesn’t pass the “three second visually pleasing” test, it won’t make it to the top of the “yes” pile.
  • Second page spill-over. If you have a one-page resume, you should have a full page of information. If you have a two-page resume, your second page should be two-thirds to three-quarters full at minimum with substantial information. Anything less, then reduce to one page.
  • Over bolding and bulleting. You want to emphasize key information on your resume. But too much bold text or too many bullet points can have an adverse effect. Moderation is the way to go.

Questions?

Email Jaci Forshtay or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

Cover Letters

Alumni of Grace College & Theological Seminary can email a draft of their cover letters to Jaci Forshtay for review. She’ll critique it and respond with suggestions for improvement.

Quick Facts:

  • The cover letter may also be called a letter of introduction or letter of application.
  • The cover letter should always accompany the resume, except when hand delivering the resume to an employer.
  • The cover letter is a marketing piece in formal, business-style writing and should be less than a page long.
  • Build a bridge to the employers’ needs with your cover letter by communicating your top five selling points—the five best messages that you could possibly communicate to the employer to get them interested in you.

Three Paragraph Format:

  • Paragraph One: Tell the employer why you are writing to them in the first sentence. Finish the first paragraph by introducing two or three of your top five selling points.
  • Paragraph Two: Promote all of your selling points. Reference past experiences. Communicate your enthusiasm and how you see yourself fitting into this role.
  • Paragraph Three: Make a plan for a future interview.

Questions?

Email Jaci Forshtay or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

Interviewing

Here are a few quick tips and tricks to help you nail your next job interview!

Preparing for the interview

  • Research the organization and the job opportunity as thoroughly as possible.
  • Make connections between your experience and the needs of the company.
  • Practice answering typical interview questions – out loud.

Making a great first impression

  • Ensure that you have the correct location and time for your interview. Arrive just a few minutes early.
  • Get a good night’s rest before your interview.
  • Turn your phone to silent and leave it hidden during the interview.
  • Offer a firm handshake before and after the interview.

Nailing the interview

  • Sit up straight and maintain good eye contact with those you’re interviewing with.
  • Listen intently, smile often, and engage when led.
  • Be ready to offer a few 30-90 second stories that demonstrate how you overcame a problem or situation, provided a solution, and brought forth positive results.
  • Don’t be afraid to let your skills and abilities shine.
  • Memorize a list of job-related questions to ask the hiring manager and team.
  • Avoid questions concerning salary, vacation, benefits, etc., until they are mentioned by the hiring manager.
  • Relax and enjoy the process!

After the interview

  • Later in the day, send a follow-up Thank You email to everyone you interviewed with.

Questions?

Email Jaci Forshtay or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

Job Fairs

Watch for a list of 2018 job fairs coming soon.

Placement Promise

The Placement Promise is a true distinctive of Grace College. We recognize that the cost of college is a significant investment, and we are standing behind the quality of our academic process and the resulting product. Students who meet certain criteria and who do not find employment or gain acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation may be eligible to earn an additional year of undergraduate education tuition-free.

To be eligible for the Placement Promise, alumni:

  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a full-time, permanent basis.
  • Must have record of success in the classroom, having achieved at least a 2.75 GPA while at Grace College.
  • Must have been successfully employed in at least one quality work experience related to their field of study while at Grace College.

Qualifying Examples:

  • Successful on-campus employment experience related to field of study
  • Summer experience related to field of study
  • Internships, practicum, student teaching
  • On-going, part-time experience related to field of study

Non-qualifying Examples:

  • Job shadowing
  • Part-time or summer work with no evidence of transferable skills
  • Must have evidence of participation in and application of the knowledge gained from professional development programs and services offered by the Center for Career Connections Office or through workshops and seminars of OSI.
  • Must have a letter of recommendation their your academic advisor addressing the student's scholastic effort while enrolled, and addressing the area of focus that may enhance marketability for the future.

To apply for the Placement Promise, follow these steps:

  • Wait until you are six to nine months removed from graduation. No applications will be considered prior to this timeframe.
  • Request a letter of recommendation from your previous academic advisor to be sent to the Center for Career Connections Office. The letter should address your scholastic effort while enrolled and the area of focus which may enhance your marketability for the future.
  • Email the Center for Career Connections Office to request a meeting or phone conversation to discuss the outlined criteria of the Placement Promise. This meeting will occur after the letter of recommendation from your academic advisor has been received.

Questions?

Email Jaci Forshtay or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.