This will be my second semester for working for the Career Development Center, and I can wholeheartedly say that it has been such a fun experience!
Getting to know Meghan Oliver, Jim Graves, Kathryn Provost, and Sherri Campbell has been very rewarding. They each have taught me so much knowledge on how to be successful in the world beyond Norwich.
Since last Spring semester was so hectic with seniors needing help with job searching, resumes and cover letters, I was unable to be thoroughly trained.
I did really enjoy becoming a manager for the Career Compass website, as well as becoming an office assistant for my staff. This year, I will be doing those things, as well as training to become a Peer Advisor. I am nervous but also excited at the same time to have one on one meetings with my peers. However, I am getting all of the necessary I need from the lovely staff of the Career Development Center.
It is exciting to me, to learn what things you should and should not put on important documents such as your resume and cover letter. By learning these tips, I am able to update my resume and cover letter in a way that will make them stand out to a potential employer.
I am hoping to be able to have my first one on one appointment by the end of semester.
Now that there are three new students working in the Career Center, things will be a little hectic at first. If myself, and my new co-workers are confident and trained enough to hold our own appointments, we will greatly help out Kathryn, Meghan, and Jim this Spring semester.
Some information that is crucial to know when creating your resume or finding a job is:
-Always use a cover letter unless the application specially tells you not to submit one.
-Objectives on resumes should only be used for networking events and career fairs; since you are not providing a cover letter. Instead of an Objective on your regular resume, create a section titled "Summary of Qualifications" OR "Value Added to Organization" This way, employers see what things you can bring to the table, and not just what you are looking to accomplish.
-If you are a freshman or sophomore, it is okay to add in high school things that make sense like awards, internships related to your major, and community service.
-Every experience you are listing, be it community service or jobs, should be in chronological order.
-Remember that your resume is a "fact sheet" about yourself. As well as a "marketing tool." Its purpose, along with the cover letter, is to match the position for which you are applying for. Which will in turn get you an interview.
There are numerous of tips in becoming successful in the career world after you graduate college.
I would highly recommend, no matter was class year you are, to make an appointment with either Jim, Kathryn, or Meghan so that you are aware of what things you have to do when looking for a job that is right for you. It will be very helpful to you to make at least one appointment a semester. I also recommend going to our website, www.careers.norwich.edu. On this website, you will be able to access much of the infortmation I have mentioned, find out what job bests fits your major, what job best fits your personality type, personal branding, etc.
Stop on by the Career Development Center to see how we can better your future! (: