Job Search Preparation
The Career Services office assists Colorado Mountain College students with preparing for an effective job search. There are several resources available to assist with developing a self assessment, resumes and cover letter, network building, social media etiquette and interview preparation:
Knowing your strengths, best qualities, interests, your challenges, as well as areas that aren’t appealing to you, are all important in the first steps of your job search process. Take time to evaluate these self-assessment areas, as this will greatly impact your decision-making journey.
Self-assessment should be the first area of concentration before you begin exploring career fields. Being able to identify clearly and understand your skills, interests, personality traits and values at the beginning of your career development process will make your job search much more effective.
Even if you have chosen a major, you may still have questions regarding what the job outlook is for your chosen field. You may wonder about specific areas within your degree such as the multitudes of Business sub-fields including, but not limited to, finance, human resources, marketing, ski operations and management, purchasing agent — the list goes on and on. Connect with and email Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about this important self-assessment piece.
“You only have one chance to make a first impression.” Resumes and other career letters are incredibly powerful tools that can make or break you professionally. Having a top notch stellar resume and cover letter could be the difference between getting an interview or not. These career documents provide the employer with an initial glimpse of your experiences and skillsets, as well as providing you the ability to market your academic and professional accomplishments. It’s your first chance to “sell” your best qualities.
If you have additional resume and cover letter questions, or would like to brush up on updating your current career documents, click on our Resumes and Cover Letter Guidelines (pdf) packet to receive detailed letter writing expert advice or contact the Career Services office at email@example.com to receive additional assistance.
Networking involves talking to people about your career goals, seeking advice and spreading the word about what you are interested in. You can talk to anyone and everyone. It is building and maintaining genuine relationships that support you in your career pursuit. Keep in mind that your connections are a two-way street enabling you to help others. Social and professional networking websites are also a great source for networking (see Social Networking section below.)
Effective networking can result in:
With networking, it is key to remember:
Who do you network with?
The use of social media in career-related activities has increased dramatically in recent years. Use on-line social networking to increase your opportunities of networking and finding a job. There are several other benefits to engaging in on-line social networking including: keeping you informed of the trends and news, finding internship opportunities and allowing you to expand your network base. There are many sites. Take a look at a few of the more popular sites listed below:
It is vital to remember that posting information on ANY website means it is viewable by others. Many employers will search the web and view your social networking profiles. Think about what you post and the image you are presenting. A good tip to follow is if you wouldn’t show it to your family members, then don’t post it.