About CEDAR

The Center for Career Education, Development and Research in Howard University’s official career center charged with a mandate to deliver career services and programs that augment classroom instruction to produce career-ready graduates who are equipped to transition, with ease, from school to work.  Following is a brief overview of the programs and services offered:

BISON CAREERS ONLINE

Howard University’s official career education and job-search site, Bison Careers Online is a comprehensive career development portal that offers hundreds of job listings, information and resources on how to prepare for today’s job market, and online information guides that can be downloaded on top employers, industries, and job market trends.  Students may also use Bison Careers Online to take an array of career assessments – the first step in the career planning process, register for annual career fairs, on-campus interviews, and other career development activities hosted by the CEDAR Center. To take advantage of these best-in-class programs and services, create your BisonCareerLink account (formerly NACELink) at https://howard-csm.symplicity.com

WEEKLY CAREER COACHING SERVICES

Through a series of weekly training on-site sessions and workshops offered Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., students receive career coaching from CEDAR Career Specialists and other expert industry partners.  Sessions cover a variety of subjects, from writing a résumé, identifying summer jobs and internship opportunities, to transitioning from college to career. The workshops are generally one hour to ninety minutes in length and are usually held in the CEDAR Center or Blackburn Center. Check Bison Careers Online for a listing of weekly coaching sessions.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER CONSULTATION

One-on-one appointments with a Career Specialist are also available by appointment only and based on the availability of the Specialists.  These one-on-one sessions are typically 15 to 30 minutes long and are an excellent opportunity to review individual career and professional development strategies, explore career interest and job market trends, and receive assistance on writing and developing job search tools such as résumés, cover letters, thank-you letters, and graduate school admissions essays and personal statements. To take advantage of these sessions, students are required to RSVP using their BisonCareerLink accounts.

CAREER FAIRS

Career Exploration Weeks (Fall & Spring) —Convening during the last week of September and January these annual events include workshops, panel discussions, networking sessions, and the highly competitive Career Exploration fair, which attracts over 175 national employers and graduate schools.  These weeks of activities serve as the launch pad for the fall and spring on-campus recruitment sessions and are designed to expose students and alumni to employer representatives from the private sector, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies and contractors eager to showcase employment opportunities that are available to qualified candidates.

ON-CAMPUS RECRUITMENT

The On-Campus Recruitment Program facilitates the campus-wide activities of all employers and graduate schools seeking to recruit Howard University’s best and brightest talent.  Employment opportunities spanning all sectors are showcased and filled through a series of on-site employer presentations, information sessions, and interviews. 

Employer Presentations and Information Sessions
Many of the employers who recruit on campus will host pre-recruitment presentations, which give students an opportunity to acquaint themselves with ­companies and available career opportunities prior to the interview dates. A question-and-answer session usually follows each presentation. Students are required to RSVP through their Bison Career Link accounts to participate.

On-Site Interviews
Each semester, employers advertise available full-time and internship positions through BisonCareerLink to interview qualified student applicants in the CEDAR Center's Interviewing Suite and in some academic departments across campus.  Interviews are conducted weekly during the fall and spring recruitment periods and are typically 30, 45 or 60 minutes long.  To be eligible to participate in On-Site Interviews, students must be registered with the CEDAR Center, be in good academic standing, and must meet the minimum criteria for the position as outlined by the recruiting company.

CAREER RESOURCES LIBRARY AND READING LOUNGE

The new Career Resources Library and Reading Lounge is located in the Blackburn University Center’s Reading Lounge, where students can explore career options, meet with a specialist for quick resume reviews, interviewing tips and network with future employers.  The Library houses internet accessible computers for career research through a series of online libraries, company and career development literature, periodicals and guide books; and daily video streaming on a variety of topics ranging from “How to complete a job application” to “Professional Ethics and Etiquette.”