From IWU Magazine, Winter 2013-14 edition
The Hart Career Center's staff welcomes alumni in addition to students.
By KIM HILL
Career Center staffers (left to right) Beth Madigan, Laurie Diekhoff, Warren Kistner,
Robyn Walter and Sue Noonan assist
students and alumni. (Photo by Marc Featherly)
According to Warren Kistner, many of the Hart Career Center services that were at
your fingertips as an Illinois Wesleyan student are available to you as an alum as
Kistner, who is director of the center, noted a big spike in alumni appointments during
the years following the 2008 economic downturn. While current students receive scheduling
priority, the Hart Career Center staff recorded 138 appointments with alumni seeking
tips or counsel on employment during the 2012-13 academic year.
While many colleges and universities charge alumni for career guidance, Hart Career
Center services such as career counseling or resume review are available free of charge.
Alumni employers who wish to seek jobs or recruit for their companies through Titan
CareerLink may also do so free of charge. Titan CareerLink is a web-based system that
manages all of the Hart Center’s recruitment efforts. Through Titan CareerLink, students
and alumni can gain access to on- and off-campus recruitment information and apply
for these opportunities online. Users can also publish their resumes online for employers
to review, along with their personal profiles.
One powerful tool in job-seekers’ arsenal is the web-based professional networking
site LinkedIn, which has some 260 million registered users. According to the Career
Center’s Laurie Diekhoff, Titans seeking jobs at a particular company can search LinkedIn
to find out if other alumni work there. Once you’ve created a LinkedIn account, look
under the “Network” tab, then select “find alumni.” The site will sort IWU alumni
who are LinkedIn users by geographic location, employer, job sector and skills.
This is an excellent tool we use all the time to help students explore career options
and perhaps connect with alumni in a job, community or organization of interest,”
Human resource professionals use LinkedIn more than any other profession, Diekhoff
adds. “More and more HR pros are proactively looking at profiles of people they want
to bring in for interviews, as opposed to resumes coming
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