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Looking to connect your student organization with Career & Academic Planning, employer networking opportunities, or professional development? This page offers resources to get you started.

Attend CAP Events and Workshops

  1. Check our events calendar: You can view all of our upcoming events on our Events page, and  encourage your members to attend programs that may be of interest. 
  2. Workshops: Topics include Resumes, LinkedIn, Internships, Interviewing, and more.
  3. Fairs: Campus-Wide Career Fair, Graduate & Professional School Fair, and InterviewPREP (an opportunity to get interviewing feedback from professional recruiters)
  4. Request a Presentation: If the workshop offerings do not meet your needs, you can request a presentation at one of your meetings. These are dependent on staff availability.

Make the Most of Your Meetings

  1. Share CAP materials: Visit CAP’s Google Drive folder for CAP handouts and promotional materials that you can share in your group meetings. We have materials on choosing a major, choosing a career, interviewing, resumes, cover letters, graduate school, and more.
  2. Hands-on practice: Set aside time in your meeting for members to explore Handshake, LinkedIn, InterviewStream, or some of the other Career Tools on our website. Consider having one of your members who has had experience using these resources lead the session and provide advice.
  3. Invite a faculty member to speak: Faculty can be well-suited to provide industry-specific advice.
  4. Invite a CAP staff member to speak: Contact Venus Miller at millervs@jmu.edu to find out more about the request process. All requests must be submitted a minimum of 14 days before the event. CAP will try to meet your need for a guest speaker but cannot guarantee availability of our staff.
  5. Receive training at CAP to present to your student org: Set up a meeting to learn how to present the material to your members. Contact Venus Miller at millervs@jmu.edu to find out more about the request process.

Connect with Employers

How do other student orgs connect with employers?
  • Networking can happen a lot of different ways, but some student orgs have successfully forged meaningful connections by inviting employers to:
    • give a presentation to the student organization
    • review resumes
    • host a site visit
  • Many employers are eager to connect with student groups, so don't be shy!
How do I find contacts?
  • Look on Handshake to see what employers are already coming to campus for on-campus interviews, and ask to meet them while they're in town.
  • Use the JMU Alumni group on LinkedIn to find alumni working at organizations of interest to you.
  • Reach out to former members of your student organization who are working in the field.
  • Ask current members of your student org if they or their family members have contacts.
  • Ask a faculty member for assistance with identifying contacts.
  • Connect with employers on social media, including Twitter and LinkedIn.

Share CAP Resources with Your Student Org

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We can help you figure out a sign-in process to give your members credit for attending our events.

Some clubs require a certain number of professional development hours, and CAP events can be a great way for members to meet them. 

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