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Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following frequently asked questions before you access the Career Database >>
Q: What do Career Database volunteers provide?
A: Career Database volunteers are here to provide Georgetown students with advice on careers, industries, organizations, and contacts within their areas of expertise.
Q: Can Career Database volunteers provide jobs or internships?
A: No, Career Database volunteers have not agreed to provide job opportunities. They also have not agreed to interview students or participate in extended communication over time.
Q: How can I explore a career that I'm interested in before I commit to a major?
A: Career Database volunteers are Georgetown alumni from various graduation years, majors, or schools who can give you first hand accounts about a particular career, industry, or organization in a specific geographic location. Many volunteers can also talk about career trends in your field of interest.
Q: Can I send my résumé to Career Database volunteers?
A: Georgetown University's Career Database is a group of volunteers who can give you first-hand information on careers, industries, organizations. It is not a job search or résumé service. We strongly encourage students and recent alumni to use the MBNA Career Center, which provides employment advice and services.
Q: Can I use Career Database to recruit interns or employees?
A: Georgetown University's Career Database is a group of volunteers willing to give students and recent graduates first-hand information on careers, industries, organizations. We strongly encourage employers to use the MBNA Career Center, which provides employee recruitment services.
Q: Can I use Career Database to solicit support for any business ventures?
A: No, the Career Database if for informational purposes only and should NOT be used to solicit support for business ventures.
Georgetown University Alumni Association reserves the right to revoke access from students and alumni upon notification of instances of abuse.
Follow this link to access the Career Network database.
Should you have any questions about using the Career Database, please contact Alumni Career Services
Tips for Using the Alumni Career Network
1. Begin with a very broad search. If you input every search criteria, you will limit the results you get from the database. Try a variety of searches with various combinations of terms.
2. Always introduce yourself and inform volunteers that you received their name from the Georgetown University Career Network.
3. Tell them something about yourself, such as your current year, major, or graduation year. Alumni love to hear from you.
4. Prepare questions in advance. Career exploration requires preparation on your part as well as the volunteer's. Find out what the volunteer's role is in the company. While you may still be in the exploratory stages of your career search, asking pointed questions will glean more salient information and make a lasting positive impression on others. Access more informational interviewing tips.
5. Bring and take notes during your meeting. Be able to articulate the type of information you are looking for by asking thoughtful questions.
6. Proofread all correspondence and always be polite and appreciative!
7. Always contact more than one volunteer during your career exploration so that you will gain different perspectives on any given career field. The more people you contact, the larger your personal network becomes.
8. Remember to ask volunteers for career advice, not a job. Alumni in the network are a great resource for ideas on how to prepare for a career, advice on how to avoid pitfalls, and other people who could lead to future employment.
9. Respect the time of those you contact. Be sure to correspond with them in the manner most conducive to their schedule (e.g., telephone, e-mail, or in person). While follow up is necessary, know that alumni have full time careers and other obligations to attend to as well.
10. Write a thank-you correspondence within 24 hours of meeting or speaking with a volunteer to show appreciation for their time and help. Remember to proofread your note. You would be amazed at the impact of a simple thank you e-mail or the damage of a misspelled word.
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