Whether you sought a degree for the first time or went back to school for additional training, recent graduates have resources at their disposal. From interview preparation to job search assistance, there are many ways your school’s career services can improve your chances at finding a job in your field.
Career services exist to help students succeed in the workplace. Many students, however, may not realize these services are available at their career training schools or colleges.
Keep reading to find out how to get the most out of your school's career services.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
You'll never know exactly what kind of impact your school's Career Services can have on your future until you ask questions. There are usually opportunities and job search services available to you as a recent graduate. Always ask your school what they have to offer, and if you're looking for something specific—like help applying online or job leads, for example—ask about it. Remember: there are no stupid questions. Only missed opportunities.
Update your résumé.
As graduation approaches, your school's Career Services can make the job hunt a little more manageable. They should be able to help revamp your résumé, clean up your cover letter, and even practice your interviewing skills. Career services may also be able to set you up with a practical internship or externship, where you can learn real-world skills.
Take advantage of the network.
Even after you've graduated and entered the professional workspace, your school's career services can help you find additional employment opportunities through networking. You may be able to plug into your school's alumni association, and some schools even have private networking platforms that post exclusive job opportunities. Most career services advisors are tapped into their school's network, so it's important to take advantage of this benefit.
One additional tip: if you're going to talk to a career services advisor, do a little bit of research before the conversation takes place. Maximize your time with your advisor by making sure you know what you want to talk about any why. That way, you can find out just what career services can offer you, and how you can make the most of career services at your school!