Monday, December 6, 2010

Career Services: Let Us Help You!

Spring Career
and Internship Fair
In promoting Career Services, I’ve noticed that many students ask: what exactly does Career Services do? In short, Career Services is an on-campus resource for students, paid for in their student fees, that provides the access to the skills and opportunities students need to be successful during their college careers and beyond. However, even after hearing that answer, many students still reply, “That’s nice, but what does that mean?” To give students a better understanding of what Career Services does, it may be useful to give an overview of the types of events that Career Services puts on.

One of the best places to find Career Services events is online, at either or on Career Services Online. Another extremely useful resource for students is Careers in the Buff. Careers in the Buff is a newsletter that Career Services puts out weekly, which details upcoming Career Services events. The newsletter also offers students a look inside the Career Services office by featuring various Career Services staff, such as Peer Career Advisors, or students who spread the word about Career Services. Each issue of Careers in the Buff gives students an inside look into Career Services, or more specifically, who we are and what we do. Check us out! 

Resume Writing Workshop
Career Services has tons of events planned for spring 2011 to help students to prepare for the future beyond CU. We’ve got resume building workshops, the Spring Career Fair, class presentations, residence hall events, and various drop-in resume critiques and interviewing 101 events on tap for the spring semester. For students looking to fine-tune a resume, the first resume workshops of spring semester will be January 19 and 20. Look for the Career Services booth in the UMC and around campus, where we'll be offering resume critiques, interviewing tips and more! The dates for drop-in critiques and interviewing tips will follow shortly. As always, Career Services offers walk-in appointments Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Of course, you may plan longer appointments with a career counselors by calling 303-492-6541 or scheduling online.

So now you’ve had a little taste of what Career Services provides. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Resume workshop? Interviewing tips? Great! Now how does that work?” Perhaps one of the most well-known services that we provide is the resume building workshop. So what is it, you ask? In a resume workshop you are in a computer lab with Peer Career Advisors, who will lead you the various sections of a resume--what to include, how to format it. The best part of the workshops? Throughout the workshop you will be given time to work on your own resume, while asking the knowledgeable staff any questions you may have. Check our calendar for resume workshop dates and locations.

Networking Event
One of my personal favorite services that Career Services provide is interviewing help. If you’re like me, when an interviewer asks you an ambiguous question, such as, “Tell me about yourself,” you nervously start spouting off every little detail about yourself, including the name of your first pet. Here’s your first interviewing tip: Don’t do that! Interview tips help you answer those tough questions, know what sorts of questions will be asked, figure out how to dress, and more.

Believe it or not, that’s just a couple of the services Career Services has to offer students. The staff at Career Services wants you to graduate college feeling prepared and ready to take on your future. The best way to do that is to get involved with Career Services as soon as possible. So check us out online, make a profile on Career Services Online, attend some events, or come in for an appointment. The resources are here for the benefit of CU students, so take advantage!