Career Services: What we offer

Ready to get started? Contact us by calling 315-498-2585 or emailing [email protected]

Overview of Services 

Career Services staff are available to help with all your career-related needs!

Our Services:

  • Career & Major Exploration
  • Informational Interviews & Job Shadowing
  • Volunteering & Service-Learning – Email Maria Malagisi at [email protected]
  • Internships
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Jobs: On-Campus, Federal Work Study, Off-Campus
  • Interview Prep and Mock Interviews
  • Networking and LinkedIn

Contact us, to schedule an appointment! 

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Unemployment Tips 

Filing for Unemployment Insurance can be complicated and overwhelming. The NYS Department of Labor is experiencing an unprecedented increase in the volume of calls and web traffic for Unemployment Insurance claims. We have created this page which we hope will simplify the process.

If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim via phone or web, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday & Friday
Last names beginning with A – F Last names beginning with G – N Last names beginning with O – Z Missed your filing day? File on Thursday or Friday.


All claims are effective on Monday of the week in which they are filed. Filing later in the week will not delay payments.

Extended hours for unemployment are listed below. 

  • Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m


Finding the right job can be a challenge. Here are some ways we can help you find your passion: 

Major Exploration

Picking a major can be one of the most important parts of your educational journey. But picking a major isn't always easy when you aren't sure what your future holds. We're here to help you explore your options and make sense of it all. Get started by using Career Coach or scheduling an appointment. 

Job Shadowing

If you're torn between two different occupations, but aren't sure which one to pick, job shadowing is a great option. Job shadowing gives you the opportunity to meet people who already do the job you're interested in, accompany them on the job site, and see what their day-to-day responsibilities are.  

Interested? Fill out a job shadow request form! 

Informational Interview

Informational interviews are different from standard interviews because the conversation is not about hiring for a specific job. Instead, informational interviews give you the chance to meet with a representative for a company and talk about that company's culture, roles within the company and how they interact with each other, and what they look for in employees overall. They're a great opportunity and we're here to help you prepare for them. 

Need help organizing your resume or writing a cover letter? Call us at (315)498-2585 or stop in for one-on-one guidance. We'll share resume and cover letter guides, based on your major, proof your final draft, and offer advice. 

We can help you gain valuable on-the-job experience during you time here at OCC through volunteering, service learning, internships, and federal work study. Stop in to learn more, and find the fit that's right for you. Below are a few definitions of some of your options to gain some experience. 

Volunteering/service-learning = Giving your time freely to a nonprofit or advocacy group 

Internships = the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.

Federal Work-study = Money awarded on a need basis to individual students to work for on-campus jobs 

The Mentoring Program is for one semester,  January - May, where you are paired with a professional in your field of interest. Students are required to meet with their mentor at least once per month for an hour. The program can help you gain insight into navigating college, exploring your field of interest and finding professional interest. 

Read more about the program!

Interested? Email your resume with two references to [email protected] to get started.


Thinking about transferring to a 4-year school? Here is how Career Services can help:

  • Transfer school exploration and research 

  •  Academic program selection 

  •  Application assistance 

  •  Critique of admissions essays/personal statements 

  •  Prepare for admissions/transfer school interviews 

Get started today by contacting our Career Services office. 

You're familiar with Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. But have you heard of LinkedIn? If not, it's time you make yourself acquainted with this social media platform that can help you achieve your career goals. Our Career Advisor can help you get to know the platform, create your account and make the most out of it. 

Interview Prep

If you're actively applying for jobs, or if you have an interview scheduled, it's best to practice! First, call or email Career Services to set up an appointment to work one-on-one with a Career Advisor to discuss the questions you may be asked in your upcoming interview and how you might respond. Then, schedule a mock interview to practice answering interview questions in a judgment-free environment.

You can also use Big Interview for to practice interviewing skills, whether you are interviewing for an internship, job, or transfer school. It's easy! 

  1. Register online.
  2. Enter Organization Code 0790.
  3. Complete the form, and get started! 

Do you need professional clothes for an interview, job fair, networking event, internship, or to start a job? Access the Suited for Success Career Closet in Mawhinney 182 by contacting Career Services!