Whether you just completed your college program, have some time to go, or have been done for a while, your school has resources to help you venture into your new career. In fact, that’s what the Career Services office is all about and why it’s so important.
Unlike other offices, Career Services probably isn’t one that you are required to contact during your time at school. But it’s actually the most important office on campus if you want to turn your training into a career, and it’s one you shouldn’t miss. Here’s why:
1. You Can Get Resume Help
A resume is your best chance to catch a hiring manager’s attention and entice them to give you an interview. That’s why it’s so important to have a top-notch resume. But writing a great resume is a skill you need to hone. Career Services can help! They may give you resume ideas and examples, offer tips, and give you feedback on what you’ve already created. When you have a finished product, they can review it and suggest edits to make it shine.
2. They Know What Employers Want
The Career Services office often partners with local businesses to get an understanding of the positions they’re hiring for, and what they want and need in new employees. This is good news for you because the staff may be well-equipped to help you find and prepare for the best job opportunities for you in your area.
3. They Help With Externship and Job Listings
Career Services can use their business connections to maintain an active list of jobs and externships that students and grads can apply for. Some organizations might want to give new grads at your school the first shot at a job while others could have a connection with your school to help them fill externship openings. As you look for job opportunities, make sure to check out what Career Services shares. It may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss specific opportunities you’re interested in.
4. They Host Career Fairs
It can be daunting to sift through job openings online and try to cut through the noise to rise above other applicants. But your school’s Career Services may host career fairs where several employers have representatives in one location whom you can talk to about potential opportunities. You may be able to share your resume, as well as build rapport with the representatives at companies where you’re most interested in working.
5. Staff Can Help You Prepare for Interviews
Whether you need to prepare for your first-ever interview or your first professional interview with your new education, Career Services can help you understand what to expect. The staff can guide you on what to wear, how to present yourself and other best practices for interviews. They can even help you become more comfortable with interviewing by simulating the experience with mock interviews so you can practice.
If you’re ready to get a jump on a career in healthcare, business, information technology, or the trades and want help from a Career Services office that cares about your success, contact Charter College today to learn about our programs.