Job Search Boot Camp 2012

The Job Search Boot Camp is an interactive workshop designed to help Cornell seniors gain the skills they need to be successful as they look for jobs after college. Three Cornell alumni with significant experience in human resources and new employee recruiting will offer expert advice on navigating today's employment market. 

Learning Outcomes
By participating in the Job Search Boot Camp, Cornell seniors will:

  • Be able to articulate challenges and opportunities they face entering the job market
  • Be able to present a stand-out professional resume
  • Be able to identify key attributes of creating and maintaining their own professional brand
  • Be able to implement constructive strategies to successfully manage an online job search process
Program Schedule
Saturday, February 18 in the Thomas Commons
  • 1:00 pm--Registration, Hedges
  • 1:30 pm--Opening Keynote on the State of the Job Market presented by Joe Baker '05, Shaw
  • 1:45 pm--How to Have a Stand-Out Resume presented by Carin Carstens '98, Hedges
  • 2:30 pm--Break
  • 2:45 pm--Creating and Maintaining Your Professional Brand presented by Joe Baker '05, Shaw
  • 3:30 pm--Break
  • 3:45 pm--Navigating and Succeeding in Online Job Searches presented by Stephene Norwood '97, Hedges
  • 4:30 pm--Networking, Hedges

Featured Presenters

Joe Baker

Joe Baker '05
Senior Recruitment Strategy Specialist, US Bank
Minneapolis, MN

Joe Baker is a Senior Recruitment Strategy Specialist at US Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has more than six years of recruitment experience working with Target Corporation, US Bank, and The American Red Cross.

Joe specializes in recruitment project management which focuses on designing recruitment plans and models for identifying top candidates, writing job interview questions, and managing workforce planning and flowcharts. He teaches classes on resume writing, interview skills, and social media branding throughout the Twin Cities. 

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College in 2005 with a major in Communication Studies and minors in English and in Music. He is currently working towards his Master's Degree in Industrial Relations and his thesis is entitled "Workforce Planning Strategy in Post Recession America."

Carin Carstens

Carin Carstens '98
Senior Recruiter, Johnson Controls
Milwaukee, WI

Carin Carstens is an authority in diversity and university recruiting strategies.  She is currently a Senior Recruiter for Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company.   Her role in Talent Acquisition supports Power Solutions, a $5.9 billion division and the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.  In this role she travels to numerous college campuses and national career fairs.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Carin worked in a variety of roles with Sodexho, including the Human Resources and Training Director at Northwestern University.  She chose to focus on recruiting full time; working with a Telecommunication company and then DHR, one of the top 5 executive search firms in the country.

Carin graduated from Cornell College in 1998 with a B.S.S in Ethnic Studies.   She currently lives in Milwaukee, WI where she is an active member of several recruiting and human resources organizations including Fuel, Link Up and SHRM.

Stephene Norwood

Stephene Norwood '97
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Chicago, IL

As a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Stephene focuses on financial and retirement planning, offering comprehensive, confidential, financial advice.  Stephene strives for a personal, one on one, relationship with her clients. She prides herself on her attention to detail and her ability to draw out what a client's dreams and wishes are in regards to retirement, education for their children or grandchildren, taking care of their parents as they age, gifting to their favorite charities and leaving a legacy. 

Prior to joining the firm, Stephene was a staffing executive working with Information Technology and Financial Professionals in the Chicagoland area.   During her tenure, she worked with various Fortune 500 companies to identify staffing needs and source the talent to fill those needs. Her responsibilities included working closely with management teams to help them articulate exactly the professional they needed as well as educating hiring managers on behavior based interviewing techniques to give greater confidence in hiring selections.

Stephene resides in Glen Ellyn with her husband Paul. She has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney since 2005* and has been registered since 2008.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and she actively participates in the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Library organization as well as the Cornell College Club of Chicago.

* Includes years at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and its predecessor firms.

Boot Camp Expectations
Seniors interested in the Job Search Boot Camp are expected to do the following:

  • Register for the Boot Camp via JOIN by Friday, February 10.
  • Submit the $5 program fee to participate in the Boot Camp by 4 pm on Monday, February 13 to the Career Engagement Center.
  • Upload a copy of their professional resume to their JOIN profile by Wednesday, February 15. Bring a hard copy of their resume with them to the Boot Camp. Click here for resume resources.
  • Research jobs via JOIN and Going Global. Boot Camp participants are asked to identify one job opening of the type of work they would like to pursue after graduation. The job posting does not need to be one they will actually apply to following the Boot Camp.
  • Bring a hard copy of, and be ready to use, their resume and JOIN or Going Global job posting as workshop documents during the Boot Camp.
  • Dress in business casual attire for the Boot Camp.

Registration Process
All Cornell seniors are eligible to register for the Job Search Boot Camp via JOIN. Registration closes on Friday, February 10 and space is limited for the Boot Camp.

Email the CEC.