This guide is designed to help students use the Nittany Lion Career Network system.
You want to be sure you are accessing the Nittany Lion Career Network system through this link: https://shibboleth.symplicity.com/sso. Logging in through this link will ensure your PSU Web Access ID and Password, used for various other Penn State systems, will work here as well. Once your login is authenticated, you will be directed to your Home page.
Navigating Your Home Page
At the center of the Home Page you will find your “News Feed” section where announcements and notifications will appear with a variety of topics like an employer you’re following posted a new job position, new search results from a previous job search you conducted, information from the Career Services department at University Park regarding upcoming career fairs, and much more.
The left side lists some of your profile information, resumes that have been uploaded, a percentage rate on how complete your profile is, employers followed, favorite jobs, etc.
On the right side of the Home Page you will find various shortcuts LionLink, your Activity Summary, Career Finder, and Scheduled Campus Interviews, On-Campus Interview Job Postings as well as direct links to your Account, Personal Profile, Privacy Settings, and Resumes that have been uploaded.
Before you can navigate to other features in the system, you will need to complete your “Personal” and “Academic” profiles. Upon completion, if you ever need to change any of the information in these profiles, simply click on the “Edit” button to make the necessary changes
Be sure to fill out the Profiles with as much detail and information as possible.
How to Upload Resumes/Other Documents
Clicking on the “Documents” tab will direct take you to the page where resumes, cover letters, and unofficial transcripts can be uploaded. Once this page loads, click the “Add New” button to upload those files.
Make sure you identify the document by adding an appropriate “Label” or name to the document that is being uploaded. Then choose the “Document Type” followed by “Choose File” for the document you wish to upload. Once the document is selected, click the “Submit” button. The following screen will show your document was uploaded. If any changes need to be made to the document, you will need to delete the uploaded file, make the necessary changes to the original document, then re-load the revised version. Nittany Lion Career Network does not allow for revisions within the system. You can upload as many as 10 documents. You can obtain an electronic version of your transcript from the Registrar’s Office at www.registrar.psu.edu.
Where to Search for Jobs and How to Apply
Within the “Jobs & On-Campus Interview Postings” tab, you can conduct a more filtered search for current job postings by clicking on the “Advanced Search” option on the right side of the page, or browse from the complete, unfiltered listing generated below.
You have the option to save specific searches also. This option can also email you when new postings meeting your search criteria are uploaded to Nittany Lion Career Network. To do this, search for the criteria you’re looking for. When the search results come up, simply click “Saved Searches,” give it a title, select the email frequency, whether you want new results included or not, then click “Save.” You can save numerous different searches and refer back to them to edit or delete as well
To get a snapshot overview of a job the you would like to apply for, simply hover over the “binoculars” to the left of the “Apply” icon.
You also have the ability to “Favorite” different jobs. In order to add a job posting to the favorite list, hover over the “Star” until it illuminates into a green circle with a + in the center. Once the star converts to the green circle, click on the + sign to have the posting added to the favorites list.
Once you find a position you would like to apply for, click on the “Apply.” Two examples of what the “Apply” button looks like are below. The left displays how it appears in the original listing of positions. The right shows how it appears when you select a position to further review the information.
After clicking either Apply button, a pop-up window will appear (shown below). This is where you will need to select which resume you would like to send to the employer. Once you’ve selected the correct document, you will need to click the “Submit” button in order to submit the resume. (NOTE: There will be an option for you to withdraw your documentation after clicking the submit button.)
Some job postings may not have an apply button within the description. If this is the case, you will need to follow the link listed under the “How To Apply” section on the right hand side in order to properly apply for the position. Employers have the option to choose how students apply for their positions. Some prefer a direct link like the example below.
On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
If you are interested in taking part in OCI, the location of your interview will be listed on the position in which you applied for. Below is an example as to where you can locate this information.
The OCI job postings are located within the “Jobs & On-Campus Interview Postings” tab. From there click “Advanced Search” and under “Show Me” at the top left of the pop-up screen, change the search to “All On-Campus Interview Postings.” After this, you’re able to search all OCI job postings with different criteria including job function, visa sponsoring, industry, position type, etc. Once all your criteria has been selected, click “Search,” and your results will display on the following screen.
The process to apply for these positions is the same as outlined in the previous section, “Where to Search for Jobs and How to Apply.” Be sure to pay particular attention to both the “Interview Date(s)” and “OCR Interview Location” areas of the specific OCI job postings you apply for as this is the date and location of your interview. (NOTE: Not all interviews occur at the same campus location so it’s important to pay particular attention to these details.) There are also notifications that will display to help guide them. The screen shot below displays where to locate this information.
If the employer chooses you as a candidate, you will not be able to sign up for an interview until 7 a.m. on the date listed. The signup dates are listed on the individual OCI job descriptions under “Schedule Details.”
You can also check in your “My On-Campus Interview Activity” tab at the top of your control bar to see any upcoming requested or currently scheduled interviews that you may have. If the status column displays Invited, click on the “Schedule Interview” button. Under “Application Status,” if there are multiple dates available, choose a date from the dropdown list. You will then choose a time from the “Available Interviews” options and then click “Submit.”
(NOTE: Alternates are allowed to sign-up for interview timeslots at the Alternate Sign-Up Start Date, available on the job description. This is usually a few days after Invited students are able to sign up. Alternates may only sign up for an interview time if space is still available.)
Canceling or Rescheduling an Interview
You can cancel or change your interview date and time up to two business days before the interview. The deadline will be listed on the job posting itself. To cancel or change an interview, click on “My On-Campus Interview Activity” tab. Locate the interview you’d like to change and click on the date link next to the interview you would like to reschedule. Click on “Cancel Interview” or “Reschedule” to change the interview then select the new desired date and time and finally “Submit.”
(NOTE: Cancellations and scheduling changes must be submitted through Nittany Lion Career Network. Do not contact the company directly.)
Keeping Track of Your Scheduled Interviews
The “My On-Campus Interview Activity” tab will house all of your scheduled and pending interviews.
What is eCredentials?
eCredentials is a service for Penn State students and alumni seeking employment in K-12 or higher education to request, store and manage recommendation letters. If you’re interested in taking advantage this service, simply click the box beside the personal statement and then click “I Agree.” Please allow 2 to 3 business days for your account to be approved. You will receive
an email confirming your request is both pending and when it has been approved.
Once your account has been approved, read the short “Instructions” box at the top of the page then enter your educational background starting with the most recent in the “Academic Record” section. When you’ve entered all the information, click “Add New College/University” if you have more background information to enter. When all the information is entered, upload the appropriate certificates by clicking “Add New Certificate.” Once all the information has been entered, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
The “Employer” tab lists information about employers currently utilizing Nittany Lion Career Network. You can browse by the list of employers by the alphabetical listing, search by key- words, or you can search using filters (e.g., industry, state, etc.) by clicking more options.
When you click on an employer name, you will see an overview of the organization, available positions, if the employer has registered to attend Career Fairs at University Park, and additional information (e.g., website, address, etc.) provided by the employer.
LionLink is a professional networking program that links Penn State students and alumni with alumni volunteer career coaches. These career coaches provide valuable information and ad- vice on jobs and careers to students exploring careers looking for a job or seeking career-related information.
To explore this option, simply click on the “LionLink” tab on your control bar. From there you can search based on keywords such as name, email address, degree level, major, etc. or you can select “More Options” to expand your search.
Once you identify a career coach that you are interested in learning more about, you can click “view” to see his or her profile. If you are interested in contacting them, click “Interested” at the bottom their profile page. Below is an example of some of the information found on the contact page.
Once you click “Interested” a pop-up box will appear for you to email the coach. It is strongly encouraged that the guidelines for professionalism is followed when emailing a career coach.
The “Events” tab displays current events being held by the Career Services office at University Park. Those events include information sessions, Career Fairs, and “Workshops and Events,” all of which are their own tab below. Please note the campus location of the information session or workshop. You can also find this information on the “Calendar” tab as well.