Civic Engagement @ NJIT

Civic Engagement, or community service, at NJIT is fundamentally established as one of the four mission pillars for the University.  Engagement in service helps to prepare our students and graduates for positions of leadership as professionals and as citizens.  We are proud to say that over 1500 students annually commit to the pursuit of excellence  in service to both its urban environment and the broader society of the state and nation by:
  • conducting public policy studies
  • making educational opportunities widely available
  • initiating community-building projects

Civic Engagement at NJIT serves as an integral part of the university’s culture, harmonizing academic learning, personal development, and community benefit.  As we look at the endeavors and accomplishments of our students in the context of community service, we are reminded that NJIT’s existence in Newark, the State of New Jersey, and the national/global society offers a living laboratory for civic involvement.

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Diversity Dining Etiquette

Dates for the Dining Etiquette, 2018 is yet to announced.

Dining Etiquette Student Registration is through CDSlink. Click on Events to R.S.V.P. for the workshop.

Network with industry professionals!

  • Experience the “art” of conducting business during a meal. Dine while you learn networking skills, business strategies and proper dining etiquette from our expert facilitator, Judy Valyo. She will share the proper use of silverware, what to order at a business lunch or dinner, and how to eat difficult foods. Dress business professional (suits suggested).


Registration is required!

The event is sponsored by Career Development Services, NSBE, SHPE, SWE



Student Services


  1. Log into your CDSlink account right now.

  2. Meet your Career Advisor-Yes, you have one!

  3. Attend a Check out What's Happening in CDS this month!

The Office of Career Development Services - Fenster Hall, Room 200.

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The Functional Resume

The Functional Resume is best suited for an individual who is a recent graduate or new to the workforce. An individual who has a varied work history with no clear connection between the different positions held would also benefit from using the Functional Resume. It is also well suited for the individual whose job titles do not reflect the level of skills used or for the individual who is making a career change.

The Functional Resume can be thought of as a way to make sense of an individual’s work history by matching skills and accomplishments. It demonstrates the skills and abilities that you have by using past accomplishments in different positions. Headings that should be included in a Functional Resume are as follows:


  1. Professional Profile-Describes professional history in a summarized statement.   If new to the job market, an objective statement describing career goals can be used.
  2. Functions/Career Highlights-Emphasizes specific skills and descriptions of the functions performed that demonstrate those skills. For example, if an individual has Management Skills, this can be conveyed to the employer by stating "Supervised and advised salaried sales representatives, increasing profits by 30%-40%." A typical Functional Resume lists about four functions/career highlights.
  3.   Experience-Lists the names of the companies, the title that the individual held, the dates that the individual held the position, and the location of the company. A Functional Resume does not contain the job descriptions. All positions held should be listed in chronological order.
  4. Education-Lists all educational institutions attended, degrees earned, majors, GPA, awards earned, and activities in which an individual participated.

Example of a Functional Resume


Going Global International Career and Industry Resources

Click here for Going Global, a resource for world wide job openings, internships, industry information and country specific career and employment information.

Tapping the Hidden Job Market

Your off-campus job search should neither begin nor end with the help wanted ads. Studies have shown that only 15 percent of available jobs are ever advertised. It takes much more than merely perusing the classifieds. By employing a number of methods, you constantly increase your chances of landing a job. Some techniques you might use:


Probably the most effective way to meet potential employers and learn about possible jobs is to tap into your personal network of contacts. You might think it's early to have professional contacts, but think about everyone you know-family members and their friends/co-workers, professors, past employers, neighbors, and even your dentist. Don't be afraid to inform them of your career interests and let them know that you are looking for work. They will likely be happy to help you and refer you to any professionals they think can be of assistance.

Informational Interviewing:

This approach allows you to learn more about your field by setting up interviews with professionals. The purpose of these interviews is to meet professionals, gather career information, and investigate career options, get advice on job search techniques and get referrals to other professionals. When setting up these interviews, wither by phone or letter, make it clear to the employer that you have no job expectations and are seeking information only. Interviewing also familiarizes you to employers, and you may be remembered when a company has a vacant position.

Temporary Work:

As more companies employ the services of temporary or contract workers, new graduates are discovering that such more is a good opportunity to gain experience in their fields. Temporary workers can explore various jobs and get an inside look at different companies without the commitment of a permanent job. Also, if a company decides to make a position permanent, these "temps" already have made a good impression and often are given first consideration.

Electronic Job Search:

One source of jobs may be as close as a personal computer. Various online resume services let you input your resume into a database, which then can be assessed by companies searching for applicants who meet their criteria. Companies also post job listings on web sites to which students can directly respond by sending their resumes and cover letters.

Persistence is the key to cracking the hidden job market. Attend meetings of professional associations and become an active member. After you begin the above processes, and your network base expands, your search will be made easier. Employers will appreciate your resourcefulness-and view you as a viable candidate.



Going On-Line With Your Job Search

The Web may give you access to job leads, but your success will hinge upon your ability to close the sale during the interview.

If the cyberspace boom has not yet compelled you to log on to the Internet, it should at least have grabbed your attention. If you are looking for a job, the Internet is an information superhighway system that gives you access to an ever-growing number of career, employment, and company sites with just a few mouse clicks.

At the Starting Line

Navigating the information highway is much like driving a paved one. Though you will encounter rush-hour bottlenecks, it's all about how you maneuver the I-way. First, you will need a computer, a modem, a communications program, access to a phone line, and an account with an Internet service provider. These are likely supplied for you (at no cost) on campus, at computer labs, and in residence halls.

Today, the most popular way to access the Internet is the World Wide Web (WWW). By using browser software such as Netscape, Mosaic, or NetCruiser, you can travel to countless home pages on the Web. These pages then can link you quickly to various locations with related data. You also can secure a little corner of cyberspace for yourself by creating a personal home page where you can invite visitors- including prospective employers- to get a peek at your career objectives, talents and qualifications.

The quickest way to get to a Web site on the Net is to type in its "address," or Uniform Resource Locator (URL). But even if you don't know the address of your destination, you can get started by using a search engine. These are directories for the Internet that allow users to type in the subject or keywords in which they are interested. It then scans existing Web sites for a match. A popular choice is Yahoo! <http:>.

Usenet Groups

Usenet groups, also known as newsgroups or discussion forums, are devoted to a vast array of focused topics, including some on career and job search issues. Usenet group discussions tend to be more well-thought-out than those on chat lines and have standard behaviors-netiquette-that dictate communication. So, before you send a message or respond to a posting, spend some time reading a posting entered by other users.

Usenet groups can be a valuable forum to make connections with people, keep up on industry trends, access job listings, and post resumes. To read or post to newsgroups you will need news reader software. If you want to participate in job hunt discussions, check out

View the Net From the Employer's Perspective

Employers from corporate America to government agencies are increasingly turning   to the Net. They are hunting actively for talent through employment bulletin boards, commercial resume data banks, and their own corporate home pages. A recruiter from Tandem Computers in Cupertino, Calif., says enthusiastically: "I love the Web. It gave me the solution I had been looking for - a fast and cost-effective way to direct computer-literate candidates to a database. We went live on the Web with our home page in 1994. We post job openings, college recruiting dates, and other employment-related information; but most importantly, we give our home page visitors an intimate look at Tandem."

Preparing Your Electronic Resume

You may choose to send your resume via e-mail or post it on databases located on commercial online services, bulletin boards, newsgroups, or mailing lists. Remember that the Internet is predominately a text-based (not voice/ video-based) tool. The first impressions you make during your job search are always the strongest, so it's critical that the application letter and resume you send via email immediately set the right tone with the reader.

Figuring out how to get discovered and stand out on employers' computer monitors is actually quite simple. The answer is, keywords! Today's Internet search programs leverage keywords. Pay attention to the job descriptions, skills, and talents the employer is seeking. Use these keywords in your application and resume so that they naturally fit the keyword searches a hiring manager would use when scanning the resume databases.

One successful Internet job seeker offers this advice: When applying for jobs on-line, don't send your resume as an attachment to an e-mail message. Create it in ASCII [plain text] and make sure it is clear and easy to read. Since plain text does not allow you to do much with formatting and layout, it is doubly important to present your experience in a cohesive, orderly manner . I tried to leave the format as naked as possible, brought my most relevant information to the top of my resume, and used clear, vibrant language."

Close the Sale the Old-Fashioned Way

Placing your electronic resume on-line is one thing, but getting a job is quite another. The Web may give you access to job leads, but your success will hinge upon your ability to close the sale during the interview. Since organizations put so much information on their Web sites, you can conduct your research in a fraction of the time you would use through traditional means. So there's really no excuse for not being prepared for your interviews. Be sure to give as much consideration to interviews which you have obtained through on-line job searches as you would to those received through more traditional means. And finally, follow up with a thank you e-mail.

Informational Interviews

One of the easiest and most effective ways to meet people in a professional field in which you are interested is to conduct informational interviews. Informational interviewing is a networking approach which allows you to meet key professionals, gather career information, investigate career options, get advice on job search techniques and get referrals to other professionals.

The are to informational interviewing in in knowing how to balance your hidden agenda (to locate a job) with the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the demands of your field. Thus, never abuse your privilege by asking for a job, but execute your informational interviews skillfully and and a job may follow.

What motivates professionals to grand informational interviews?

The reasons are varied. Generally, most people enjoy sharing information about themselves and their jobs and particularly, love giving advice. Some may simply believe in encouraging newcomers to their profession and others may be scoping out prospects for anticipated vacancies. It is common for professionals to exchange favors and information, so don't hesitate to call upon people.

How do you set up informational interviews?

One possible approach is to send a letter requesting a brief informational interview (clearly indicating the purpose of the meeting, and communicating the fact that there is no job expectation.) Follow this up with a phone call to schedule an appointment. Or, initiate a contact by making cold calls and set up an appointment. The best way to obtain an informational interview is by being referred from one professional to another, a process which becomes easier as your network expands.

How do you prepare for informational interviews?

Prepare for your informational interviews just as you would for an actual job interview: polish your presentation and listening skills, and conduct preliminary research on the organization. You should outline an agenda that includes well thought-out questions.

Begin your interview with questions that demonstrate your genuine interest in the other person, such as, "Describe a typical day in your department." Then proceed with more general questions such as, "What are the employment prospects in this field?" or "Are you active in any professional organizations in our field and which ones would you recommend?" If appropriate, venture into a series of questions which place the employer in the advice-giving role, such as, "What should the most important consideration be in my first job?" The whole idea is for you to shine, to make an impression, and to get referrals to other professionals.

Always remember to send a thank you letter to every person who grants you time and to every individual who refers you to someone.


5 Steps to a Successful Job Search

Attend to the Basics
  • Identify your skills, abilities, interests, motivations, and values
  • Research career fields related to your interests
  • Draft your resume

Access Resources

  • identify employers who hire people with your skills
  • Register and upload your resume to NJIT's e-recruiting website

Develop a Support Network

  • Network with faculty, alumni, family, friends, and colleagues
  • Use community support services such as job search support groups
  • Ask everyone in your network for information about careers of interest

Develop a Plan

  • Use your research to write effective cover letters
  • Develop a professional employment portfolio
  • Prepare for interviews

Be Persistent/Motivated

  • Stay POSITIVE!
  • Analyze your activities for possible changes.
  • Follow up your initial contacts with employers by telephone or e-mail.
  • Stay in touch with your support group members for encouragement.
  • Take full responsibility for getting the jobs your want and NEVER give up!
  • One more phone call may lead to exactly the job you are looking




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