By Lauren Townsend> Junior> Journalism> Elon University
They may not hold your hand, but they’ll teach you how to handshake. Not only do college career centers offer great services to help students find internships and post-graduation jobs, they also help with each progressive step into the real world.
“There are universities that have iPhone apps like iTCU, but to my knowledge there isn’t a university that currently has an app specifically focused on career topics,” says Susan Nethery, associate director of marketing for the TCU career center.
With this application, students will be able to receive help on their own time without having to make appointments and come into the office, she says.
While TCU boasts a tech-savvy career center, Central Pennsylvania College’s career center niche lies in location and intention, as its career center is conveniently inside the admissions office.
In an effort to help students develop career maturity and enhance competitiveness when applying for jobs and internships, all Central Penn students are required to complete a job pursuit seminar course, says Steve Hassinger, Central Penn’s career services director and teacher.
Hot Tips for Getting the Job
Network: A lot of times, it’s not what you know, but who you know. It’s a great idea to attend career fairs at your university with of your resume to get know your future employers
Keep in touch with internship employers: Even though your internship is over, it is essential to keep in touch with people at the company. Who knows? If you really wowed them, they might offer you a full-time job after graduation.
Have your own website: It could be a blog-hosted site, like WordPress or Blogger, with work from your portfolio and a resume, or a site that you have designed from scratch. Either way, it’s something special to include in a cover letter that makes you stand out.
Promote yourself: Have business cards made so you’re ready anytime that you meet a new person in your industry. Give them a card and make a great first impression.
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