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Redbirds seeking assistance with their career plans and job searches don’t have to go far as their alma mater is ready to help!

The Career Center has an array of services and resources that enhance Redbird career development and readiness, while providing them with opportunities to connect with employers seeking Redbirds as candidates.

Career advisement

Professional career advisors are available to assist alumni with redeveloping their career plans, conducting self-assessment, and providing job search assistance. Alumni can schedule an appointment with a career advisor to meet in person, over the phone, online or virtually.

Career resources

The Career Center provides alumni with a number of tools and resources to help them be successful. Hire-A-Redbird, the University’s online job vacancy tool, allows one to research organizations, view open positions, and much more.

Redbirds utilize the Career Center's many online career tools.
Redbirds utilize the Career Center’s many online career tools.

Alumni can also reference the Career Resource Guide and social media platforms to stay up-to-date on career trends, industry news, and career tips. Other tools include InterviewStream, an online video tool that provides questions and answers listed by profession. Once complete, Redbirds can review on their own to identify areas to strengthen, or can schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review together for helpful tips.

In addition, as part of Illinois State University’s commitment to diversity and to Redbird career success, the Career Center launched GoinGlobal, the University’s first online career toolkit specifically serving international Redbirds and those seeking opportunities abroad. Located within Hire-A-Redbird, GoinGlobal provides a complete directory of more than 16 million job and internship listings and corporate profiles of thousands of key employers from across the world. Not only does it provide job leads; but it also provides career guides and other useful tools, particularly helpful in meeting the needs of international Redbirds.

Career events

The Career Center also offers a variety of career fairs and other career events that are hosted throughout the academic year. Alumni seeking career or networking opportunities are also welcome to attend of these events to connect with employers.

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State your success

Alumni are also invited to give back to Illinois State by sharing their time and talent. Through State Your Success, alumni can share their

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career success with other Redbirds to be shared on social media or in university materials. There are also many opportunities for alumni to share their experiences with students in person to inspire them to achieve career success, such as participating in Career Center programs like the Student and Alumni Diversity Meet-up, Creative Con, the International Student Career Series and more.

Hire a Redbird

Alumni who are in seeking quality talent for their internships, full- or part-time positions can also give back to Illinois State by hiring a Redbird. The Career Center helps employers customize a recruiting strategy that connects them with quality candidates, academic departments, and events to maximize their reach.

Illinois State University is proud of its alumni and is pleased to assist them by providing career support. According to Career Center Director Pamela Cooper, “We are in a time of ever-changing trends in the global workforce, a period when many alumni may seek professional growth or re-careering opportunities. We are honored to maintain our commitment to alumni and to assist them in continuing to achieve career success beyond their journey at Illinois State.”

The Career Center assists Redbirds with developing, evaluating and/or implementing career, education and employment decisions; and supports Illinois State University’s Educate ● Connect ● Elevate strategic plan.