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Career Services Advice for Students

Are you or someone you know looking for a career? Not sure where to start? Look no further, we have just the help you need!

Career Services Advice

Most people look for jobs posted online. Currently, Indeed is the number one job site. There are many others sites too like: ZipRecruiter, Monster Jobs, and Snagajob just to name a few.

Online Applications can be tedious. Always make sure to leave yourself adequate time to complete the application and any assessments that come along with the application. Indeed can be a great resource to look for jobs and apply for jobs, but make sure that your Indeed profile is completely updated and that you are not leaving out any information on the questionnaire. WVJC Career Management Director Samantha Esposito always recommends signing up with employment agencies in your area, as they can be a great tool for sending leads your way. Try filling out one application per day, or five per week, to avoid being overwhelmed.

You always want to make sure your cover letter has the correct date on it. Make sure you address it to whoever checks your application. You always want to make sure the duties listed on your cover letter are listed in the description of the job. Don’t leave it the same for everyone. You want to tailor and personalize it to each new position you apply for.

Resumes also need to be updated regularly. Esposito says, “Make sure you are updating your resume after every time you gain a new skill, finish an externship, or pass a certification test. The worst thing you can do is submit an outdated resume to an employer! Your resume should always reflect your current education and any higher education.” Try to limit your resume to one page, especially for entry level positions. Employers usually only glance at these depending on how many apply, or how much time they have. They are usually looking for “key” words in your resume. This is why it is so important to modify it to the description they are searching for.

The interview process starts when the employer calls you back to set up an interview and goes until the time you send your thank you letter/email. Plan out what you are going to wear the day before, so it is clean and ironed if needed. Employers look for little details. It’s also a good idea to scout out the place you will be going before the interview. This will help you know about parking and traffic on the day of the interview. Esposito says, “Show up no later and no earlier than 15 minutes to the interview. This gives the interviewer enough time to get ready but does not make them feel rushed if you are too early.”

Make sure to thank employers for taking time out of their day to get to know you. Always be sure to send a thank you, even if you feel the interview did not go well or you do not want to accept the job. You can email your thank you or send a card as a special touch. The best way to get contact information is to always ask your interviewer for a business card before leaving. A good rule of thumb is to send your thank you within 24-48 hours after the interview occurs.

We hope these tips help you with your career search. Don’t get discouraged, just keep trying! It takes a lot of searching, resumes, and interviewing to find the career that you are looking for, but in the end, it can be well worth it to find something you are truly passionate about!