Thursday, May 3, 2012

What would I do without Career Services?

By Amanda Barrell, news-editorial journalism major at CU-Boulder

Now that I am settled into my job, I find myself asking this in retrospect. What would I have done without the caring and dedicated staff at CU’s Career Services Center?

Six months ago, I started a job at CU with a temporary contract working at an information desk.  As I would come to discover, the job was… not what I was expecting.  I never seemed to find enough tasks with which to fill my time, and I rarely felt accomplished at the end of the day.

I sought help from CU’s Career Service office where I began a friendship with two of the employees, who happened to have a strong connection with the Boulder Chamber. They helped me look for a job that would not only keep me busy, but would also leave me feeling of fulfillment and importance. 

With the help of the employees at the Career Services office, I tightened up my resume, wrote an engaging cover letter and applied for several promising positions.  Most recently, the people I had befriended let me know about a job opening with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.  With my much-perfected resume and cover letter, I applied for the position and was asked to come in for an interview. They offered me the position that same day!

With my skills and the wonderful assistance and encouragement from everyone at Career Services, I was able to land the job and started my first day of work this week with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

Everyone at Career Services was so encouraging and helpful.  I really don’t know what I would have done without them. I would highly recommend a visit to Career Services to anyone looking to land a great job or to learn how to succeed in today’s competitive job market.