Recruiters Guide

Our Career Center helps solve your recruiting puzzle. Through myriad services and events, including traditional on-campus interviewing, unique networking programs like Career Madness, and discipline specific career fairs, our team works to build your brand on campus, while driving the development of a strong recruiting pipeline. Our customer service-driven method allows us to work with you in a consultative fashion, to identify best venues for your corporation and tailor your visit to our campus. We pride ourselves on making your time on campus both cost-effective and efficient, and have put together this informative guide to make your recruiting experience most productive and help you achieve your hiring goals.

Recruiters Guide

Why Recruit at Whitman?

Bright, creative, analytical, hardworking…these are just a few ways our recruiting partners describe our students. The excellence of our students is born from the dynamic, relevant curriculum, which emphasizes a solid knowledge of business fundamentals and exposes their interrelationships, giving students the chance to acquire and hone a wide range of valued professional skills to provide immediate value to your organization:

  • Our students learn to excel in a team environment, helping build superior presentation and communication skills
  • Faculty require that students apply knowledge to real business problems in simulations, cases, and entrepreneurial projects
  • In our state-of-the-art facility, students and faculty have learning and research tools commensurate with a nationally ranked business school
  • Students are required to complete an internship during their academic careers
  • Students grow as leaders through a breadth of clubs and organizations
  • A commitment to community service is part of our fabric, and students actively engage with local and national not-for-profit organizations

Recognizing that today’s business challenges and opportunities are multi-dimensional, the majority of our students choose to develop their professional scale and flexibility by completing double majors within the school or dual majors in one of SU’s ten other schools and colleges.

Building A Successful Strategy

Together with Syracuse University, we offer both small and large venues for meetings between corporate recruiters and students. We cordially invite you to visit our campus and meet with our talented graduate and undergraduate students. You will discover that our students are prepared for the workforce through active engagement in classroom projects, community service activities, and corporate internships.

The Whitman Way
We create unique strategies to assist you in achieving your hiring goals. From discipline-specific career fairs to unique career programming events, our team helps you build your brand on campus, driving the development of a strong recruiting pipeline. Each career professional is trained to assess your needs and tailor your visit to campus.

Our team is structured in such a way that each Industry, major, and discipline has a dedicated Career Center staff member to work with in designing your recruiting activities to be highly effective and specific to your audience. Contact the appropriate person to begin developing your strategies:

Angela Petrucco, Assistant Dean
(315) 443-9611

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Finance

Kristen DeWolf, Associate Director
(315) 443-2325

  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Markets
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Retail Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management

Kara Primrose, Associate Director
(315) 443-5921

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate

Sharing Information About Your Corporation

At Whitman, we believe there is no one method or medium for engaging students. We provide a variety of options for interacting with potential employees both formally and informally, and in one-on-one as well as in small or large group settings. From ‘Office Hours’ to information sessions, our team will assist you in connecting with students through interesting venues.

We are happy to assist in the promotion of your recruiting events. Please provide a branded 8 ½" x 11" promotional flier and we will advertise throughout our building with the use of bulletin boards, plasma screens, email blasts, and social media. Additional promotional materials and handouts can be sent directly to our office at 721 University Avenue, Suite 115, Syracuse, NY 13244.

The Whitman building is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to guests and non-Whitman students.

Unique Venues:
Corporations have found success in building relationships with students through interesting venues. From eating clams at the Barking Gull on the edge of Onondaga Lake to snow tubing at the Four Seasons Ski Center, unique venues offer you an opportunity to engage students in a more relaxed atmosphere, building a strong rapport with your recruiting audience. We offer suggestions for interesting destination points in Central New York so that you can make arrangements to meet your recruiting needs.

Formal Information Sessions:
Information sessions are formal corporate presentations to educate students about your corporation and the recruitment process. We host Information Sessions from 5:30-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday in the Whitman School. Each room is equipped with full AV capacity. We can assist your options should you choose to provide refreshments. To schedule an information session please fill out this form.

Office Hours:
Students meeting one-on-one with corporate representatives to gain insights about career choices and personal career positioning. Our ‘Office Hours’ are like doctor’s appointments – students register for a 20-minute meeting through our campus recruiting system, OrangeLink. The Career Center staff will work with you to dates and time for 20-minute appointments with students our team promotes the opportunities to students, monitors student registration through OrangeLink, reserves meeting rooms, and hosts you for the day.

We limit each corporation to one Office Hour session per semester. To schedule office hours please fill out this form.

Business Clubs:
Whitman students have the opportunity to participate in 17 different clubs and organizations. Students are eager to host speakers from corporations and you can work directly with club presidents to schedule a speaking engagement, panel discussion, or other activities. Corporate representatives would work directly with club presidents. Contact information is available at the following link: Student Clubs & Organizations

Speaking in Classrooms:
Our faculty is open to hosting industry experts to help add to the intellectual gain of our students through business case discussions of real issues. The Career Center team will work with you to identify faculty partnerships; you then work directly with the faculty on content for the class visit.

Customized Student Engagement Opportunities:
We encourage interactions with students in a variety of creative formats. Our staff works with you to customize programs to highlight your company. Past events have included information tables, executive chats, leadership development workshops, and case competitions.

Signature Programs

Unique professional and career development programs that offer corporations a structure for engaging with students, these programs are developed and managed by our team with a focus on creating awareness of career choices within specific industry sectors. You may act as a lead participant by hosting and participating in these specific programs. We act as your partner by promoting your firm and delivering student attendees.

Career Madness (Fall & Spring)
This bi-annual, unparalleled event provides a platform to build your applicant channel for future recruiting needs. Targeted at junior and sophomore students who are evaluating career interests, Career Madness provides opportunity to build relationships at the early stages of students' decision making. Our corporate partners take leadership roles in these programs by teaching workshops and providing one-on-one feedback in resume sessions. Student attendance at these events averages over 150 students! Corporate partners register for Career Madness at: 

Marketing Career Exploration Trip (Spring)
Winter break is a great time to bring students to your corporate headquarters! We partner with the Department of Marketing to host 20 students in New York City on an annual basis for a career exploration trip. This event gives students the opportunity to learn more about career choices within the field of marketing and communications.  We register corporate hosts and manage all details to ensure a positive experience for both our corporate partners and students.

Whitman on Wall Street (Spring)
Many students are interested in careers in finance, and this program offers an interactive learning experience for 30 finance students to be involved in a three-day career exploration trip to New York City. We work with hosts to develop unique learning experiences to showcase the business culture of the organization, register corporate hosts and manage all details to ensure a positive experience for all.

Accounting Career Symposium (Spring)
This program provides students a forum to learn from professionals about career paths within the field of accounting. The events, which are consistently well received by students and recruiters, consist of a corporate career panel, roundtable networking and executive discussion forums.

Market Summit (Spring)
One of our newest programs, this annual program focuses on the constantly changing perspective of marketing. Featuring discussions and an interactive panel of industry experts, students learn first-hand about the evolving business landscape in the field of marketing. Students gain knowledge of the ways data-driven insights and customer interaction are influencing decisions and driving marketing strategy.

Finance Forum (Spring)
The study and understanding of finance is an integral component of decision making in all levels of management, offering a unique blend of theory and practical applications.  This annual program brings industry experts to Whitman, and provides students with the details, data and understanding needed to gain the competitive edge to succeed.

Take Charge of Your Destiny (Fall)
The growth of our graduate programs has been extraordinary. With more than 150 students enrolled in our MBA and MS programs, corporations have an opportunity to connect with talented professionals. This day-long program offers the opportunity to share insights about career paths for masters-level applicants, and build relationships to cultivate and secure future business leaders.

Supply Chain Career Symposium (Fall)
This annual program provides students with the opportunity to learn from professionals about career paths within the field of supply chain. The event consists of a corporate career panel, networking roundtables, and executive discussion with members of the Franklin Advisory Board.

Whitman Recruiting Events Calendar

Fall 2015 On-Campus Recruiting Career Event Calendar

First Day of Classes Aug. 31
Labor Day (No Classes) Sept. 7
Resumania Sept. 19 & 26
I-School Career Fair Sept. 29
SU Fall Career Fair Sept. 28
Whitman Fall Career Fair Oct. 1
Engineering Career Fair Oct. 1
Interview Blitz Day Oct. 1 & 2
Whitman Salzberg Event Oct. 2
Law Day Oct. 2
Whitman Fall Campus Interviewing begins Oct. 2
Mid-terms (restricted scheduling) Oct. 13 - 17
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes) Nov. 23 - 30
Whitman Fall Campus Interviewing concludes Dec. 5
Last Day of Classes Dec. 5

Questions? Contact:

Jeanne Steckel, Recruiting Specialist

Recruit Talent

We act as your partner at Syracuse University. Our team has a reputation for understanding objectives and delivering services that meet your hiring goals. With more than 40 years of collective experience, our team will help you to build an effective, efficient strategy for our campus. Whether you will be interviewing on-campus or just posting full-time or internship opportunities, we are here to guide you through the process.

The career services teams across Syracuse University works in tandem to provide you the opportunity to meet with students from all SU schools and colleges. With one central job posting system, you share your career options with more than 18,000 students. With our campus management system, OrangeLink (powered by Symplicity software), you create a personal account and manage your applications and schedules. Our team assists you in securing interview venues for your selected dates. You may also view student resumes and Resume Books during the academic year to gain access to the talent you are seeking.

On-Campus Interviewing
When it is time to narrow down your pool of prospects, on-campus interviews allow you to screen and select candidates that best match the qualifications you are seeking. Through OrangeLink, you post a career description, receive resume applications, and notify the career center of selected candidates. We communicate with students and build the interview schedule for your campus visit.

Syracuse University recognizes the operational office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. To provide the best value, Interview schedules begin at 9:00 a.m. Corporations may arrive as early at 8:30 a.m. The last interview of the day will start at 4:00 p.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Whitman Fall campus interviews may be scheduled from October 7, 2013 through December 5, 2013. Spring campus interviews may be scheduled from February 10, 2014 through April 25, 2014.

We offer three interviewing options. Corporations may select 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute interviews. A complimentary lunch is provided for each scheduled option.

Please note that we generally do not schedule second round interviews, as these are commonly company site visits best handled by staff within each company.

Also, the classrooms and computer facilities are used primarily for the educational benefit of our students. As such, we are also unable to support coordinated pre-hire candidate testing.

Sample Interview Schedules

Scheduling your visit
We suggest you schedule visits 2-4 months prior to ensure your preferred date.  Request on-campus interview dates by posting through our database system, OrangeLink.

If you do not currently have an account, please view our quick start guide for assistance.

Quick start guide to create an account

If you have any additional questions regarding your visit, please contact Jeanne Steckel, Recruiting Specialist or by phone at 315-443-5548.

Please use the link below for directions to our building. The Whitman School is located at 721 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244.

Visiting Syracuse

We provide parking for corporate recruiters.  Arrangements must be confirmed 48 hours in advance. Corporate recruiters may park in the University Avenue Garage, located between E. Adams & Harrison Streets. When exiting the garage please cross E. Adams Street and enter the side entrance of our building. The Career Center is on the first floor and is the first office (Suite 115) on the right as you go up the stairs. Please bring in your parking ticket for complimentary validation.

Additional Workspace
If you need additional workspace to your scheduled interview room, it must be requested at least 48 hours in advance due to space limitations. Please address requests to Jeanne Steckel.

Personal Belongings
Due to high traffic throughout the day, our staff will work with to ensure your belongings are secure. You have the option to keep your belongings with you in an interview room, which will be locked when not in use, or we can store your belongings in a protected area within our suite.

Skype Interviewing
Some corporations seek to interview candidates through the use of Skype.  As with scheduling a personal meeting on campus, the recruiting team will assist you to schedule appointments and manage the process.  Reservations need to be made 48 hours in advance due to limited space and availability. Please contact Jeanne Steckel to reserve the necessary space.

Additionally, SU's facilities overseas, as part of "SU Abroad", include the necessary resources to connect you with students studying abroad.

Posting Career Opportunities
Some corporations who are not able to visit campus seek Syracuse University candidates through listing career opportunities on our central job posting system, OrangeLink.

If you do not currently have an account, please view our quick start guide for assistance.

Quick start guide to post a job

Just as with the process for recruiting on campus, listing a position allows you to gain exposure to students from all SU's schools and colleges, increasing your applicant pipeline. You will have a personal log-in for your account and be able to manage the application process. Our team will provide the support and guidance to ensure your satisfaction. You may then choose to have resumes submitted to you each time a candidate submits an application, have them bundled and e-mailed to you once the application deadline passes, or refer candidates to apply directly on your company's website. Once a job description is posted you will receive a confirmation e-mail with posting specific deadline dates.

Alumni Postings
Postings of all levels are included in our OrangeLink database system. Alumni are able to access the system to view and apply for experienced opportunities. Recruiting for these positions would be managed by each individual organization.

Resume Books
We have resume books available for employers to view upon request. If interested in reviewing resume books, please contact Jeanne Steckel, Recruiting Specialist.

Evaluating Talent: Career Fairs

Career Fairs, hosted at the beginning of each semester, offer an opportunity to meet a large population of applicants.  Throughout the week, in partnership with our peer career centers, career fairs are hosted across campus to connect you with students from all disciplines. 

Whitman Career Fairs:
The Whitman Career Center’s Fall Career Fair allows you to network with Whitman students from all business disciplines. The program will be hosted in Syracuse University's Carrier Dome, an expansive space that will create increased energy and interest for students and recruiters!

Your free registration provides you table space, parking and promotion to our students attending the Whitman Career Fairs. We encourage early registration as space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The online registration system closes to new participants one week prior to each scheduled fair. Visit the links below to register for the Fall 2015 Career Fair:

Whitman Fall 2015 Career Fair Corporate Registration: Monday, September 28, 2015, 5 to 8 p.m.

For assistance with your Whitman Career Fair registration, please contact Jeanne Steckel, senior recruiting specialist, 315.443.5548.

Employment Offer Guidelines

To allow full consideration by candidates of job and internship opportunities without undue pressure, while also allowing you to meet your projected hiring needs, we recommend the following guidelines for candidate offer response deadlines.

Fall semester recruiting
Minimum of three weeks between when you make the offer (with full compensation and benefits details, as applicable) and the deadline for response from the candidate, and no earlier than November 1st.

Spring semester recruiting
Minimum of three weeks between when you make the offer (with full compensation and benefits details, as applicable) and the deadline for response from the candidate, and no earlier than April 1st.

NACE Guidelines
We abide by the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) for all full-time or internship offers to students.

Salary Information
We gather data on salary and employment. Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping us informed of your employment decisions.

Hiring International Students

We host students from more than a dozen countries. Approximately 13% of our recent graduates were international.

Practical Training Options
Practical training is a means by which F-1 students can obtain employment in areas related to their academic field of study. Students must have completed one academic year of study and maintain their F-1 status to be eligible for this option. Practical training can be obtained through Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training.

International students on F-1 visas are eligible for Curricular Practical Training while completing their studies as well as 12 months of Optional Practical Training under certain conditions.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training is a 12 month temporary employment authorization that provides an opportunity for F-1 students to apply knowledge acquired from their academic program to a work experience in their major field of study. It is a benefit of maintaining status that is available during an F-1 student's course of study (pre-degree completion), after each degree level completed (post-degree completion), or may be used a combination of both pre- and post-degree completion as long as one does not exceed the equivalent of 12 months of OPT authorization.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is designed to provide work experience directly related and integral to a student's degree of study. It is not intended for general, ongoing work authorization. Co-op positions and Internships, even if unpaid, require CPT authorization.

H1-B Visa
The H1-B visa is a temporary employment status that allows an employer to hire an international citizen in the United States. It is the employer's responsibility to file the H1-B petition on behalf of the employee. There are a limited number of H1-B visas available each year. Applications become available on April 1 of each year. If awarded, H1-B status becomes effective on October 1 of the same year.

Our international students are an impressive group of individuals who have achieved excellence and created value in their academic careers. These students add such merit to Whitman that they have become an integral part of the cultural diversity of the School. For more information regarding these programs, please refer to the Slutzker Center for International Services.

Ethic Guidelines

We focus attention on ethics and personal responsibility and strive to ensure that our students communicate honestly and professionally. We expect the same professional conduct from employers.

All materials received from our students (letters, resumes, transcripts, or email) are confidential and restricted for use in the hiring process within the organization. All interviewers must ensure that all interview questions are legal, ethical and appropriate. Background screening of candidates should be appropriate for the position and candidates must be fully informed.

We ask that all employers abide by the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

When employment professionals conduct recruitment activities through student associations or academic departments, such activities will be conducted in accordance with our policies.