5 Ways Your College Can Help You Find a Job
Published on July 23, 2014 by arothstein
Although learning new things is enjoyable, we probably wouldn’t spend so much time studying, doing homework, writing papers and attending classes if we didn’t think it would ultimately lead to a more rewarding future. Let’s face it, one of the main reasons people decide to go back to school is to get a better job.
In this guide, we’ll look at five ways your college’s career services department provides assistance during your job search, as well as a few tips in each area.
1. Job Search Tools
Upon request, your career services department may forward job leads your way based on your qualifications and skill level. You can be proactive in this process by looking up jobs yourself.
Here are a few websites to get you started:
2. Resume Help
Get people to notice your resume by following these tips:
- Draft your resume as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or an Adobe Acrobat document (.pdf).
- Keep your resume one page in length unless you have extensive experience in your career field. If you have two pages, make sure they are two full pages and include your name and page number on the second page.
- You can use different formatting tools (bold, italics, underline, all caps, etc.) but don’t go overboard.
- Use a minimum of a 10-point font that is easy to read and is professional.
- Do not use abbreviations unless used in directions (N, S, W, E), states (MN) or degrees (B.S., A.A.S.).
- Be consistent with your format and don’t forget to check for spelling errors.
- Use professional resume paper when submitting printed copies of your resume to employers.
There are three main types of references. It is best if you can have several references representing the different types:
- Employment references include past employers and co-workers who can speak about your specific employment experience.
- Academic references are instructors and vocational counselors who can speak about your academic endeavors. These references are most appropriate for current students or recent graduates.
- Personal references are people who know you personally and can describe your personality and abilities. This would include a friend, classmate or family member.
Select people who honestly know you and will speak objectively. Examples of good references include your current supervisor, previous boss, a co-worker, an instructor or a program coordinator.
4. Cover Letters
A cover letter should be sent with a resume whenever you apply for a job. It’s important to tailor each cover letter to match the description of the position you are applying for.
Here are some tips for writing cover letters:
- Follow a professional business letter format; use one space between each paragraph and do not indent paragraphs.
- Address the letter to the person listed in the job posting. If a name is not given, use Human Resources or Hiring Manager.
- Check for content, grammar, spelling errors and typos before sending.
- Do not forget to sign the letter.
- Do not forget to enclose/attach your resume.
- Keep a record of your correspondence and the replies you receive.
Here are some of the top reasons given by hiring managers and human resource personnel for not hiring an applicant:
- Poor personal appearance.
- Application form or resume is incomplete or sloppy.
- Overly aggressive behavior.
- Lack of tact and courtesy, maturity, interest and enthusiasm.
- Nervousness or lack of confidence and poise.
- Failure to ask questions about the job.
- Responding vaguely to questions.
Good luck on your job search!
Request more information or call 877-480-3335 and an admissions representative will be happy to speak with you.
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