Stu­dents, including Chelsea Gardner (left) and Robert Slot­nick (right), in a work­shop designed to help iden­tify pur­pose and pas­sion during Senior Sit­u­a­tion 2012. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Recent grad­u­ates know there’s more to job-​​hunting than writing a good cover letter, preparing for an inter­view and accepting a new posi­tion. Way more.

To help seniors pre­pare to nav­i­gate the job market, Northeastern’s Career Ser­vices office held its annual Senior Sit­u­a­tion on Tuesday in the Stearns Center. The all-​​day event fea­tured rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 20 busi­nesses – including John Han­cock, Nokia, IBM and AT&T – who ran infor­ma­tion ses­sions, fielded ques­tions and gave stu­dents one-​​on-​​one tips for resumes, cover let­ters and interviews.

It’s a lot of infor­ma­tion I wish I knew when I was grad­u­ating,” said David Sul­livan, a project man­ager at John Han­cock. “There’s the emphasis on get­ting the job, but once you have it you have to nav­i­gate all of what comes next.”

Maria Stein, director of Career Servies, called the event a “one-​​stop shop” for seniors to take advan­tage of the many resources avail­able to them on campus and get one-​​on-​​one face time with employers to ask ques­tions and network.

In one work­shop with a career ser­vices staff member, stu­dents Chelsea Gardner and Robert Slot­nick dis­cussed their inter­ests and pro­fes­sional strengths and then thought of ways to apply their talent to poten­tial careers. “This is great oppor­tu­nity to step back for a minute and reflect on the best sorts of jobs to con­sider as I get ready to grad­uate,” Gardner said.

Diane Cia­r­letta, the senior asso­ciate director of Career Ser­vices, agreed.  As she put it, “It’s all about knowing your pas­sions and your skills, then choosing a career that fits those and leaves you fulfilled.”

Future Career Ser­vices events sched­uled for this semester include an intern­ship fair on Feb. 1, held in the Curry Stu­dent Center Ball­room from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Spring Career Fair on Feb. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m., which will bring more than 130 employers to the Cabot fieldhouse.