Friday, August 22, 2008

Frequently Asked Chicago Career Connection Questions

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to explore Chicago Career Connection, CAPS’ new on-line internship, job search and on-campus recruiting platform, which replaced InterviewTRAK and UChicagoTRAK this June. If you haven’t heard, the decision to move to Chicago Career Connection (which you’ll sometimes see abbreviated as C3), was made after CAPS held several focus groups with undergraduate and graduate students about what you want to get out of an on-line tool like this. The new system is streamlined and user friendly, and we’re excited for students to come back to campus and start using it.

Like any new program, we’re still working out the fine print, so we hope you’ll bear with us as we roll out the new system and acclimate employers and organizations to using it as well. We’ve already received lots of great feedback about the system, and we’ve noticed that there are some questions that keep reoccurring. Below are our answers and advice for some of the most frequently asked Chicago Career Connection questions.

Q: How do I log into Chicago Career Connection?
A: If you’re a current undergraduate or graduate student, or a post-doc, you can log in from the CAPS home page at https://caps.uchicago.edu/ using your CNET ID and password. If you don’t have a CNET ID (or you can’t remember it), visit https://caps.uchicago.edu/careerconnection/newusers.html for more information about gaining access to the system. If you aren’t able to locate your CNET or need help logging in, contact Lucy Gee or Shoshannah Cohen for assistance.

Q: How can I update my personal information in Chicago Career Connection? (Personal information includes your student ID numbers, your current and permanent addresses, and your phone numbers.)
A: We pull in student information through the Registrar's office/Gargoyle. So you'll need to make the change there, and then it will be reflected in our next pull of data. (We pull information every Monday morning, so if you make a change this week, it will show up first thing Monday.)


Q: I’ve been searching for jobs and internships, but haven’t been able to find many postings. Where should I be looking?
A: As our organizations and recruiting partners move over to using Chicago Career Connection, more and more positions will appear there. While there are fewer jobs listed now than there were in UChicagoTRAK, this number is going to increase throughout the academic year. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Chicago Career Connection Jobs section, you should also check out the jobscentral.com section, which has internships and full-time positions from a wide range of organizations. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, call CAPS at (773) 702 – 7040 and schedule an appointment to talk about the types of positions you’re interested in. More information about job searching in Chicago Career Connection can also be found here.


Q: Do I still need to be activated to use Chicago Career Connection?
A: With the old system, students were activated by coming into CAPS and having their resumes reviewed. This allowed students to apply for on-campus recruiting positions, and for College-sponsored opportunities like the Jeff Metcalf Fellows Program and the Alumni Board of Governors Externships. If you’ve already been activated (i.e. met with a CAPS staff member, had your resume reviewed and signed an activation form) then you are all set, and you don’t need to get re-activated. However, if you’ve never been activated before, you do still need to come into CAPS for a resume review. You can do that during walk-ins (Undergrads, M-F, 11am – 2:30pm [during the academic year], Grad Students, M,T, R 2 – 3:30pm) or during a scheduled appointment.

Post additional questions, comments and feedback about Chicago Career Connection here.

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