CU Career Services
For more information, visit http://careerservices.colorado.edu/.
Spring career fair
This year's spring career fair takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 28 in the UMC ballrooms.
Perhaps just getting yourself to your graduation day makes you feel like breathing a sigh of relief. But the next challenge — getting a job — still awaits.
Fortunately, freshmen to grad students and even alumni have someone in their corner. CU's career services office is there to help with internships, jobs and even promotions.
"Our services are designed to meet students where they are in their professional development," said Lisa Severy, director of career services and assistant vice chancellor of student affairs. So how the resources available at the office can help you will vary by student, she said.
Freshmen and sophomores may want to speak with a career counselor for advice on choosing the right major, or how to utilize his or her strengths as a student in the workplace. Students in the middle of their education come in to seek internships or to sharpen interview skills. And students who are graduating usually come to meet employers or learn more about jobs available for college grads, Severy said.
The office has also recently developed a new program, the Buff Professional Program, which will teach students about the ins and outs of the job search and how to practice skills that will be appealing to employers. As always, students can also schedule a meeting with any career counselor and set up a job search.
In the past year or so, the office has also created a new full-time position to help students with international employment. They're also doing more to help international students find jobs in the United States. If you're interested in working abroad, look for events on teaching English abroad and writing an international resume.
The United States economy has been going through ups and downs since 2008, leaving many degree-seeking students all over the country trying to find a stable job after graduation. According to Severy, the job market has not changed much within the last year, but the tools that students can use for job searching have. So it's a good idea to come in to career services for help.
In the meantime, though, Severy provided a few things for job-seeking students and alumni to think about when it comes to starting or advancing your career.
How will you meet needs?
When writing a strong resume, it's not as helpful to write with the perspective of "here's what I have to offer."
"You only have one page to sell yourself, so it's helpful to speak directly with the needs of the employer and how you will meet that need," Severy said.
Employers are looking for strong team players to work for them, she said.
"Most employers we work with are not as concerned with what specific majors students have but more with what strengths they will bring to the table," Severy said.
It is helpful to use LinkedIn when searching for a job.
"Any way a candidate can utilize his or her network to scout opportunities is great, and LinkedIn provides a free way to network and talk about your credentials," Severy said.
But there are plenty of networking opportunities beyond LinkedIn — think closer to home.
"Making the system smaller by connecting to groups like professional associations and the CU Alumni Association is particularly helpful," Severy said.
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