Cornell University

Office of Career Services

201 Ives Hall, 607-255-7816


A view of Ives HallEvery career field has its own jargon that becomes second nature to those who are in the field. We want to make sure that we don't use terms that leave you puzzled, so we've created a glossary with definitions to help decipher some of the words you might hear us use.

Alternate — Employers review résumés submitted by students through CCNet and may indicate some students as alternates for the interview schedule. Alternates may sign up for an interview if any slots remain after the preselected students sign up for interviews. Students can check their personal dates in CCNet to determine their status.

Alumni — In most instances, we are referring to graduates of the ILR School only.

Alumni Bulletin — A letter from the President of the ILR Alumni Association and a listing of job opportunities that is sent via e-mail or regular mail to Association members. It is produced every three weeks jointly by the OCS and the ILR External Relations Office. Copies are kept in a binder in the OCS library. Online access is available to members of the ILR Alumni Association.

Alumni Directory — A listing of ILR School alumni, published periodically by the External Affairs Office. We keep printouts of the directory information in the OCS library, organized alphabetically by name, employer, industry, and geographic location (by zip code). Online access to the directory is available to members of the ILR Alumni Association.

Back-to-Back Interview — An interview in which a candidate meets with two company representatives in separate sessions.

Behavioral Interview — A widely used interviewing style, in which the employer looks for examples of past performance as an indicator of future behavior. Sample interview question: "Give me an example of a time when you had to make a difficult decision and the process you used to come to your conclusion." The employer evaluates your answer for how well you explain the situation, the actions you took in it, and the results of those actions.

Business Attire — Professional attire (business suit), that is required at corporate functions and interviews.

Career Forum — A seminar for students about career options for ILR graduates. The program features presentations by alumni representing many different industries and functions.

Career Interest Profile — An opportunity for you to let us know who you are and what your career interests are. When you complete your profile, you can request to receive e-mail notification of events and opportunities specific to your career interests. Register on the Cornell Career Services website. We recommend that all students complete a Career Interest Profile, and you must complete it if you want to use any of the services we provide through CCNet.

Casual Attire — Attire that is acceptable at informal functions (casual slacks, blouse, sweater, etc.). Usually not jeans.

CCS — Cornell Career Services (see below)

Company Information — Annual reports and recruiting literature available in 201 Ives.

Cornell Career Services — The Cornell University career services office in Barnes Hall. ILR students may use all the services of this office.

Cornell Club — Regional associations for all Cornell graduates, offering a great way to stay connected with Cornell and to network with alumni. Cornell Clubs are located in many major metropolitan areas, and offer a variety of professional and social activities. For information on Cornell Clubs, contact the Office of Regional Alumni Programs at (607) 255-3517.

Cornell Club, New York City — The Cornell University hotel and meeting facility in New York at 5 East 44th Street.

Cornell's Alumni Mentors — A database available through CCNet giving access to alumni and other career mentors.

CCNet — A software package that powers our on-campus recruiting system, jobs and internship postings in addition to on-campus interviews, and more.

Cover Letter — A formal letter that is sent with a resume to an organization.

Ding — A slang term for a rejection from an organization.

Full-Time Positions — A term referring to full-time positions after completion of an ILR degree (BS, MILR, or MS). Full-time schedules are interviews open only to students completing their last year in ILR.

Greeter — A company representative (often an alumnus) who greets students in the lobby area prior to their formal interview.

ILR Alumni Association — An organization open to membership by graduates of the ILR school. The Association's goal is to promote the interests and welfare of the School, Cornell University, and its alumni, faculty, and students.

ILR Conference Center — Located in the ILR Quad and next door to the ILR Extension Division Building. This building is frequently used for workshops and career forums.

International Résumé Book - International students, primarily master's degree candidates, looking for international internships or full-time positions are represented in our International Résumé Book. The book is compiled in the Fall semester and features students from ILR's diverse international population.

Interview Evaluation Form — A form used by interviewers to provide feedback on a student's interview performance, results of which are available from career advisors. May also refer to a form provided by the organization for students to provide feedback to an interviewer on his/her performance.

Interview Feedback — A meeting with an OCS staff member to discuss employer feedback from on-campus interviews. A list is posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway showing the names of those organizations that have returned their evaluation forms. Walk-in hours for career advisors are posted on the bulletin board.

Interview Schedule — A final schedule for an interviewer. It contains the interview times, students assigned to those times, interview location, and the name and title of the interviewer.

Job Description — Job responsibilities and qualifications set forth by a company regarding a particular position. Students who interview with a company must meet the requirements stated in the job description.

Labor and Social Justice Résumé Book — A collection of résumés of students and alumni who are interested in pursuing summer or full-time opportunities within the labor movement.

Minority Résumé Book - contains résumés of minority students enrolled in the ILR School. Students of African, Asian, Latino/a, and/or Native American origin have submitted their résumés to be considered for both internships and full-time opportunities.

No-Show — When a student fails to keep an appointment for an interview with an employer, which is a violation of Cornell's "No-Show Policy." The student is required to bring two copies of a letter of apology to the employer, plus a stamped, addressed envelope, to the OCS Director within three days. OCS staff will mail the letter. Failure to provide the letter of apology will result in the student's ineligibility to participate in CCNet.

OCS — Office of Career Services in ILR.

Open Interview — An on-campus interview for which all students who meet the eligibility requirements may choose to interview with a company through online sign-up in CCNet.

Open Sign-Ups — When using CCNet, available interview spaces on a schedule may be taken by students who are eligible for the interviews when "Sign-up goes open" (i.e., after Preselected and Alternate students have had access to the schedule). Qualified students may sign up for an interview even if they were not preselected by the employer.

Post-Graduate Survey — A survey completed by graduates of the ILR School at the bachelor's and master's levels. Results are available online or in 201 Ives Hall.

Post-Graduate Survey Report — A report of results from the Post-Graduate Survey published by OCS to provide employment information on the graduating classes of ILR School students.

Practice Interview — An interview in preparation for an actual employment interview, usually videotaped, between a student and a trained second-year graduate student or OCS staff person. Practice interviews help improve interview and presentation skills.

Preselect — Employers review resumes submitted by students through CCNet and indicate which students they wish to interview by "preselecting" them. Some, but not all, notify students of their preselect status. Students can check their personal dates in CCNet to determine their interview status.

Presentation — An employer function held in Ives Hall or at the Statler Hotel. It includes a presentation by employer representatives and a reception.

Recruiting Contact — The individual from the hiring company/organization who arranges the details of the recruiting visit. This is generally not the person who will conduct interviews.

Reneging — Accepting an offer and then changing one's mind and rejecting it. Reneging is unprofessional and jeopardizes the School's relationship with the company.

Rescinded Offer — A job offer that is "taken back" by an employer. Not often seen, but during difficult economic times it does happen.

Résumé — A one-page summary of one's employment experience and accomplishments.

Résumé Book — A collection of the résumés of students who are searching for a job. The OCS publishes three books each year, one containing résumés of students seeking positions (summer or full-time) in the labor movement, one containing résumés of minority students enrolled in the ILR School, and one containing résumés of international students looking for internships or full-time positions abroad or in the U.S. Many organizations receive these books and use them to identify students they are interested in interviewing.

Schedule — A day of interviews for a particular recruiter. The number of slots in a schedule depends on the length of the interview. If a company has 30-minute interviews, 12 slots will be available; 45-minute interviews accommodate 9 students on a schedule.

Sign-Up Period — A set number of days when students may select an interview time slot in CCNet.

Slot — An interview time period; either 30-, 45-, or 60-minutes in length.