Finding your career path, advancing in a current path and preparing for job interviews can be very intimidating. Our career advisors are here to help you through this process. An advisor is more than someone who helps you find a job; they work to help you search for the career path that is right for you. Our advisors have a variety of resources and workshops that can help you identify your strengths and passions so you can find the best career fit. Once you know the direction that is right for you, an advisor can help you prepare for career opportunities.
Career Assessment & Planning:
Clarify what career satisfaction means to you by assessing your values, skills, interests and work environment preferences
Research and evaluate the career options that would meet your needs
Identify barriers to a career change and develop strategies to overcome them
Develop your communication, negotiation and time management skills
Evaluate work transition opportunities and setbacks
Develop strategies for adjusting to your new job
Develop your strategy for a high-level job search
Craft self-marketing materials and messages
Sample Questions and Advice you can ask and get from your Career Advising Session
I. What you're specifically looking to get out of the meeting.
a. Job in a specific geographic location or industry
b. Need to fine-tune your resume
c. Re-Careering after 50
d. Market data on emerging industries
II. What's the best job search strategy for me?"
a. What strategies have (and haven't) been effective in a variety of positions and industries.
b. How should I allocate my search time between networking, informational interviews, and applying for jobs?
c. What strategies have been effective for other people applying for specific types of positions?
d. How you should approach the job search will vary based on your role, industry, and location.
Your career counselor will likely has some advice that will help you out.
III. "How does my resume look?" Bring a copy to enlist feedback.
a. What makes a resume stand out to employers?
b. If resume is it's still a work in progress, that's OK. Bring a draft, or even a list of all your experiences and activities
Counselors can help you craft experience descriptions that draw attention to the skills and personal qualities you have that employers are seeking.
IV. "How can I show I have experience if I don't have direct experience?"
Talk to your counselor about the specific types of positions you're after, and how to use your experience in other positions to meet the skill requirements of the positions in which you are interested in applying.
V. "How do I look on social media?"
More and more employers are using social media to check out potential candidates, even before the interview.
VI. "What resources are available to me?"
a. The career counselor can direct you to database or lists of the best employers by industry.
b. The career counselor can also point you toward professional associations for networking opportunities and access to valuable industry news.
It's definitely worth asking about anything that might be available to you-more likely than not, there's something you don't know about that you could be using.
VII. "What are my next steps?"
Your first meeting is a great starting point in enlisting the help of your career expert, but be sure to leave the meeting knowing what the next steps are. It may be your turn to update your resume or look at some companies, or it may be time to schedule a follow-up appointment to continue the discussion. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask to meet with your career counselor throughout your search process-remember, that's what she's there for!