Applying for a job, whether your first or your tenth, is never easy. From cleaning up your resume, to preparing for the interview, there are many things to consider. Applicants are often left feeling underprepared and looking for assistance. Where can they turn?
The answer to this question and many more can be found tucked away on the 3rd floor of Colebank Hall in Career Services. Serving both Fairmont State and Pierpont students and alumni, Career Services offers many services including: assistance with choosing a major or employment field; resume writing guidance, interviewing coaching, mock interviews and more.
Sally Fry, Director of Career Services and Amy Drvar, Program Manager and Career Counselor, meet with students and alumni in various stages of career exploration and job searching. For those who have decided on a career path there are services to prepare them for joining the work force.
“Students find it very helpful to have us review their resumes and then to participate in a mock interview,” said Fry. “We gear our interview for each career path and video tape the session so the applicant can review it in order to improve their techniques.”
For students and alumni ready for the job market, Career Services organizes an annual job fair. This year’s job fair will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Falcon Center Gym 1. Job seekers are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Career Services staff to update their resumes and obtain coaching on how to network and follow up with potential employers. Alumni who are interested in participating as a recruiter are asked to contact the Career Services office to reserve a table. A list of employers attending the job fair can be found on the Career Services website.
Students and alumni who are interested in teaching positions are encouraged to attend the annual Education Networking Event which is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Colebank Gym.
The Office of Career Services recently hosted a Career Conference featuring keynote speaker, Don Asher author of many career books including the recent, Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to find opportunity in any economy. Other workshops presented by area professionals built upon the same premise and covered interviewing, etiquette, starting your own business, social media, and employment law. Career Services can meet with students and alumni to discuss these same topics to assist in the job search process.