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What services are available to Alumni?

The School of Chemical Sciences’ Career Services office currently provides alumni with free access to job postings through Handshake @ Illinois. Additionally, we provide career advising and access to our resource center for alumni. Many campus career fairs are also open to alumni.

Résumé & Cover Letter Critique

The Career Services office can review your résumé/CV, cover letter, or other supporting application documents for academic or industrial positions. Please call our office at (217) 333-1051 or email us at mailto:careers@scs.illinois.edu if you wish to schedule an in-person appointment. You may also submit your documents for critique via e-mail to Patricia Simpson at plblum@illinois.edu if you are not within the local region.

Mock Interview

Please contact our office if you would like to schedule a mock interview or if you have any additional career search questions with which we can assist you.

General Job Search Resources

The American Chemical Society is another great resource for experienced alumni who are members. They provide career transition assistance through Personal Career Consultants, access to additional job postings and the ACS Career Fair, and a number of workshops. In addition, they offer online resources that are open to anyone via their website at: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/career-services.html.

Note: ACS members in good standing (non-student members with at least 1 year paid membership) may request a dues waiver if they are or become unemployed and are seeking full-time employment. The request for this waiver must be received in writing – either using the membership renewal form (mark Box #8 – Unemployed Member dues waiver) or by sending the request via email to service@acs.org.

Academic Opportunities

Academic and Postdoctoral positions are now listed in Handshake.

Can I participate in on-campus interviews?

In some situations, employers are willing to interview candidates who have graduated previously. Otherwise, alumni can participate in on-campus interviews if they are manually added to an employer’s interview schedule by the employer/recruiter through contact at a career fair, company presentation, networking event, or by other direct request. Most positions for which recruiters seek an immediate hire or recent graduate are posted in Handshake @ Illinois for alumni to apply directly rather than through on-campus interviews.

Are personal consultation appointments available?

Yes, recent alumni who live locally or who have plans to visit campus can pre-arrange a consultation appointment with Patricia Simpson by calling (217) 333-1051.

For other alumni, we suggest you visit the National Career Development Association at ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/resources.  NCDA has a long and vetted list of resources, as well as a searchable directory of career coaches/counselors.

In addition, the American Chemical Society has great resources for members as well: www.acs.org.

Because I do not live locally, can I receive career advising via telephone?

Career Advising for recent graduates is provided by Patricia Simpson and is available by appointment only. To schedule a phone advising appointment, call (217) 333-1051.

SCS Alumni Giving Back

Are you interested in having your profile featured on the SCS Career Services or other webpages, serving as a mentor for current students, or connecting with the University in another way? Let us know by completing our Alumni Profiles and Mentors form.