We look forward to meeting you and assisting you! Drop-in advising is intended for questions with quick answers, and brief reviews of resumes or cover letters. Drop-in has a limit of 10 minutes. We are happy to schedule you for an advising appointment for exploration of careers and majors, and for other topics that require more time.
Drop-in advising is first-come, first-served, and is not an appointment.
Career fairs generate a high volume of students seeking drop-in advising, so if you are preparing for a career fair, plan ahead by a week or two.
There is no guarantee we can see every student if drop-in numbers exceed our capacity.
Before your resume review, use our Resume guide first and bring in an updated draft. During drop-in advising we'll help you fine-tune and individualize your resume so you can make revisions to best serve your purposes.
If you want an overview on resume basics, please use our Resume guide.
If you have an assignment to visit our office, don't wait until your assignment deadline; if too many students are waiting ahead of you, you take the risk that you might not receive advising on that day.
Bring a hard copy for reviews of documents including resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. If you don't have access to a printer, just ask at the reception desk when you check in about how to print at Smith Career Center.
Dates and times for 10-minute drop-in advising at the Smith Career Center:
Noon-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri, on all dates the university is open during afternoon hours.
EXCEPTION: NO drop-in advising Fri. Sep. 1, 2017, due to our annual open house. All students are welcome to attend.
Early fall extended drop-in hours:
10am-4pm these dates:
- Mon.-Thur. Aug. 28-31, 2017.
- Tues.-Fri. Sep. 5-8, 2017.
- Mon.-Fri. Sep. 11-15, 2017.
Reminder: university closed Labor Day, Mon. Sep. 4, 2017.
Alternative to drop-in advising:
- If drop-in hours do not work with your schedule...
- If you prefer a scheduled time...
- If you want more than 10 minutes with an advisor...
You are welcome to request to schedule an advising appointment
Yes, for quick questions. Our reception staff will determine whether an advisor is available, or they can schedule you for an appointment to call back later at a scheduled time.
Resume reviews by phone must be done by scheduled appointment.
Satellite locations & hours for 10-minute drop-in advising:
If satellite hours do not work for your schedule, please use drop-in advising at Smith Career Center.
For graduate students:
Graduate Life Center, lobby
Wednesdays | 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Fall semester 2017 dates: Sep. 13 - Dec. 13, 2017 [not held Nov. 22, when university closes at noon]
Spring semester 2018 dates: Jan. 17 - May 2, 2018 [not held during spring break]
For College of Engineering students:
Torgersen Hall 1st floor atrium
Wednesdays | 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Fall semester 2017 dates: Sep. 13 - Nov. 29, 2017 [not held Nov. 22 when university closes at noon]
Spring semester 2018 dates: Feb. 5 - Apr. 25, 2018 [not held during spring break] [Flyer]
If you are in a class or other group that requires you to come to drop-in advising:
- Note the cautions above about timing and waiting until deadlines, and the risk you assume.
- Prior to a resume review, see Resume guide and Reference list instructions
- Prior to a cover letter review, see Cover letter guidelines