Career Center Resources To Take Advantage Of

By Ashley Paskill on April 14, 2022

As a student, you are spending time learning about a career field you want to go into. You are learning the history of the field as well as how to actually do it. However, the courses you take may not teach you things like how to interview for jobs or how to make a resume. It is likely that your has a career center that has resources to help you with these things. Knowing what resources are available to you at the career center can help prepare you for post-graduation success.

Resume review

While some students had jobs throughout high school and college, you may not have. Even if you did, you may not have had to submit a resume to apply. If this is the case, you may be making a resume for the first time as you begin to look for jobs and internships now. Resumes need to be formatted and worded in a particular way in order to catch the attention of employers. You may not know how to best do this, but the career center does. Make your best rough draft of your resume and make an appointment with the career center for a resume review. They will look over your resume and tell you what edits to make. That way, you can be sure that your resume will stand out while highlighting all you are doing while in school.

Interview practice

No matter how many interviews you have done, they are still nerve-wracking to do. However, your career center’s mock interviews can help prepare you for questions you may be asked. After the mock interview, you will get feedback on what to change for real interviews. This will help you be more confident and prepared for questions that may trip you up. This is especially helpful if you have never been in an interview before

Career fairs

It is likely that your career center will host at least one career fair during the semester. Companies come and offer jobs and internships to students. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and meet new companies, even if you do not get hired. You can see what is out there and network with HR reps from companies in your field. Your school may also have events leading up to the career fair to help you learn how to approach the fair and how to get the most out of your career fair experience.

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Career counselors

Your school’s career center may offer meetings with career counselors who can answer any questions you may have. They can help point you toward how to search for jobs and internships as well as advice on your resume and cover letter. While they may not be able to give you a job or guarantee you will get an interview, they can offer advice on how to approach it. When you set up a meeting, come prepared with questions you want answered so you are not wasting time. Keep in mind that a general career counselor may not know about your specific field, so see if your school has career counselors for your major or general field.

Career materials

Your career center may have resources such as business card printing and professional headshots. These are resources that you can use for LinkedIn and networking events. For LinkedIn and other professional websites you use, it is better to have a professional picture of yourself instead of just a selfie or a cell phone picture. These resources may be free, but even if you have to pay for them, they are likely less expensive than getting them done elsewhere.

Online job board

Your career center likely has online resources as well as in-person resources. One of these is an online job board. This allows you to search for and apply for jobs and internships at any time of day. You may have to have an approved resume and cover letter to apply for jobs, but this ensures that you are ready and will be able to stand out to employers.

Mentorship Opportunities

As a young professional starting out in a field, it may seem impossible to know how to begin or continue in the field. Luckily, your college career center has mentorship opportunities that you can take part in. These pair you up with a mentor who can show you the ropes of navigating a real-world career. Finding a mentor on your own is difficult, so taking advantage of your career center’s opportunities to find a mentor is a good resource to use.

You may not want to think about the future right now, but it is important to take advantage of these resources while you can so that you are prepared for success in the future. The sooner you begin, the less you will have to worry about. The career center has resources available, you just have to dive in!

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