Smith Career Center

The Smith Career Center assists students in exploring and defining career options, developing job search strategies, obtaining career-related work experience, and identifying and connecting with prospective employers. Innovative services respond to current trends and economic conditions affecting the job market and career opportunities. These include:

  • individual career advisement
  • job search preparation
  • resume development and review
  • cooperative education and internships
  • career seminars
  • job fairs
  • graduate and professional school fair
  • campus interviews with employers

Extensive web-based resources are available to help students learn more about career information, job availability, employer information, and networking. Through the Web site, students can use eRecruiting to post their resume, view job listings, and sign up for campus recruiting. Also available are Interview Stream, Optimal Resumé, and Going Global.

Bradley University students must register with the Smith Career Center through myBU to obtain an eRecruiting Web account. Having an eRecruiting account allows registered users to submit resumes for the Web Resume Book, review Web job listings, and participate in campus interviews. Registration is restricted to currently enrolled Bradley University students.

Misrepresentation Policy

Pursuant to the Bradley University Student Handbook, Standards of Conduct, registrants with the Smith Career Center who misrepresent their credentials are in violation of the University’s dishonesty policy. “Dishonesty, including the acquisition of honors, awards, certification or professional endorsements or grades by means of cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized use of a computer, or the University’s computing resources, or falsification with respect to any examination, paper, project, application, recommendation, transcript, test, knowingly providing false information or failure to provide correct information, misrepresentation, aiding or abetting another person to do so, or by any other dishonest means whatsoever.” (Bradley University Student Handbook bradley.edu/student_handbook).

If any information provided in a registrant’s eRecruiting account, resume, or other application materials/activities is found to be inaccurate, disciplinary action through the Smith Career Center and/or the University’s judicial system may be taken. Examples of misrepresentation, as they apply to the Smith Career Center, would include falsifying information provided during an interview, at a career fair, in a written resume or cover letter, and in eRecruiting profiles, resume books, and uploaded resumes.

The following process and sanctions would occur if a registrant were found to be in violation of the aforementioned policy:

Process for Reviewing Probable Misrepresentation

  1. The registrant will meet with the Director for Employer Relations.
  2. The Director for Employer Relations will determine if the case is referred to the Smith Career Center Review Board.
  3. The Smith Career Center Review Board will determine if sanctions will be imposed by the Smith Career Center and/or if the case should be referred to the Student Judicial System.
  4. The Executive Director of the Smith Career Center will notify the registrant regarding the final decision.

Sanctions

  1. The registrant will be suspended immediately from the eRecruiting database.
  2. The Smith Career Center Review Board will determine how long the registrant will be suspended from eRecruiting and reserves the right to suspend a registrant for up to one academic year.
  3. The registrant may be referred to the Bradley University Student Judicial System. Decisions made by the Smith Career Center are separate from any rulings and possible actions from the Student Judicial System.

Appeals of the Smith Career Center Review Board

Written appeals may be submitted to the Executive Director of the Smith Career Center within five (5) business days of the decision.

Campus Interview Cancellation/No Show Policy

Cancellations: If you must cancel a scheduled campus interview with an employer visiting Bradley University, the deadline for doing so is 24 hours prior (8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday) to the interview. You are responsible for contacting the Smith Career Center's receptionist at 677-2510 and requesting that your name be removed from a schedule. Failure to cancel your interview 24 hours prior to the interview will result in the interview being classified as a “no show.”

No Show: A “no show” is defined as a missed scheduled interview where the student does not appear for a scheduled interview and has not notified or given sufficient cancellation notification (as defined above) to the Smith Career Center prior to the interview.

Campus interviews are an important service provided by the Smith Career Center. Failure to follow interview cancellation procedures means an opportunity denied to other students who could have taken advantage of an interview on a campus interview schedule. It also means time and money lost to the employer and a less favorable view of Bradley University and its candidates.

Sanctions: If you violate the interview cancellation policy above—regardless of the reason (including illness, emergencies, etc.)—your eRecruiting account will be immediately deactivated and you will be required to meet with a Smith Career Center professional staff member within five (5) working days subsequent to the missed interview. You will also be required to submit a ready-to-mail letter of apology to the employer. The letter of apology is to be given to the Smith Career Center's receptionist within three (3) working days from meeting with a Smith Career Center professional staff member. Upon receipt of the letter of apology, your eRecruiting account will be re-activated. If you fail to meet with a professional staff member and submit a written letter of apology and/or violate the interview cancellation policy more than once, your eRecruiting account will remain inactive and your interview privileges will be revoked indefinitely by the Smith Career Center. (Note: This policy also applies to After Job Fair and practice interviews).

Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships

Graduate students are encouraged to gain a competitive advantage by participating in career-related work experiences prior to graduation. Through internships, cooperative education, and part-time employment, the Marjorie and Bill Springer Center for Excellence in Internships provides students with opportunities for professional development that integrate classroom theory with supervised work experience.

A series of job search workshops is offered to assist students in the co-op or intern process. Employers review resumes and conduct interviews to make hiring decisions. Placement is not guaranteed. Student-developed jobs may be approved if they meet the work-learning criteria.

Graduate students can register for a Cooperative Education and Internship course; however, graduate credit is not available. The internship course monitors the experience and provides reflective learning assignments. Registration requirements vary by major. Most students have a choice of two options to follow. The part-time option allows students to attend classes while working part-time with a local employer. The full-time option allows students to work full-time during an academic semester or summer. Both options correspond with the academic calendar. A work assignment or credit will not be approved retroactively. Graduate assistantships do not count as an internship experience.

While on a registered full-time co-op or internship assignment, students are considered to have full-time student status, making normal progress toward a degree in a recognized university program and are entitled to all student privileges at Bradley University. Also while on full-time assignment, students may register for additional hours of classroom study upon departmental approval. In order to be referred to an employer or participate in an internship or cooperative education work assignment, students must be attending Bradley University. 

Eligibility for employment of nonimmigrant (F-1) students is defined on an individual basis according to regulations set forth by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), formerly referred to as INS—the Immigration and Naturalization Service. For clarification of eligibility criteria and how it applies to you, please contact the Multicultural Student Services Office or consult the BCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.