|Job Search Skills
Practical Suggestions for Getting the Job You Want
you progress through your program of study, you should also consider
gaining experience in your field of interest. You will want to move from
a job for pay into your first career-oriented position. By the time you
graduate and look for a full-time position employers will expect that
you have some experience in the field.
One of the most common ways of doing so is through an internship or
cooperative education experience, which you can set up with the help of
Professor Yvonne Rosario, Coordinator of
Cooperative Education and
Internships at Westchester Community College or, in some cases, on
your own. Similarly, you can gain experience through a related part-time
job, a volunteer position or participation in a student organization.
is also a good time to:
Develop a resume and cover letter, either on your own or with a
career counselor's help, and learn how to tailor each document to
the specific needs of specific employers. You’ll find the Career &
Resume Guidelines 2009-2010
help in this regard.
Start researching companies or organizations you might like to work
for, in the future.
Attend Westchester Community College’s job fairs to gain experience
speaking with company recruiters.
Pick up a copy of the
Interview Guidelines 2009-2011
from the Career & Transfer Center or download here.
Attend an Interviewing Skills workshop and practice interviewing
with a career counselor to become comfortable answering and asking
employment-related questions. Click for
Put the finishing touches on your resume and cover letters.
Use College Central Network, Westchester Community College’s
official on-line job board,
www.collegecentral.com/sunywcc, newspapers, your network of
other job boards
to find job openings.
Research companies and organizations with whom you have scheduled
Thorough preparation will help you to land the job you want!
Career Resources Toolkit
View the online version of this very useful magazine for college students. Career/ and Job resources, information about companies and career/hiring trends.
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CareerZone is a free, career exploration and planning system designed
especially for New York State students. The CareerZone website brings
together multiple sources of career and labor market information to make
career exploration and planning for the future a little easier. The
CareerZone system is a product of the New York State Department of Labor
and is currently hosted by AT&T.
On-line resource for researching companies and industries, Job search
advice and salary information
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NACE Salary Calculator Center
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