Career Advice Opinion

Count on Your Career Center

By AAEE — December 04, 2012 1 min read
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The academic year is nearly halfway over and you’re probably thinking about “what’s next.” As you are thinking about looking for a job, where you would like to live, and working on your resume and cover letter, make sure to visit your college or university’s career center.

Your career center is your partner in the job search process and provides many helpful resources to assist you along the way. It may feel slightly intimidating to reach out to your career center and schedule an appointment with an advisor, but trust me when I say we want to help you and see you succeed. Here are some ways you can engage with the Career Center and successfully prepare for your upcoming job search:

One-on-One Appointments: Review your job search documents (resume and cover letters), develop your job search strategy, and discuss the application and job search process with an advisor.
Mock Interviews: Practice interview questions with an advisor, HR recruiter, or school administrator to polish your interview skills and boost your confidence.
Alumni Connections: Ask your advisor if it is possible to be connected to alumni of your college or university in your geographic or school targets.
Networking opportunities: Ask if your career center plans workshops or events that connect you to school administrators or alumni to help you form new relationships and learn from experienced professionals.
Job Fair Information: Your career center likely has information about upcoming job fairs in your region or at your own institution and can help you prepare for these important job search events.

Don’t be afraid to leverage the resources available to you and take full advantage of what your career center has to offer. You’ll be glad you did!

Holly Klenk
Assistant Director, Cohen Career Center
College of William & Mary

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