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  • 1. Career Exploration: Keys to future success! James Barraclough Career Services Specialist
  • 2. Why should you care?
    • Spend great deal of time/money at Washburn
    • What are you going to do after graduation?
    • Takes 6-9 months of active searching to find a position
    • Takes 2-4 years to build your resume!
  • 3. Career Services
    • Online job posting website - FREE
    • Resume/cover letter assistance
    • Mock interviews
    • Part-time jobs/internships
    • Job search strategies
  • 4. Events
    • Career Fair – every September/February
      • February 18, 2009
      • 10:00am to 2:00pm in Lee Arena
      • Workshops – all in Cottonwood Room, Union
        • Feb. 9 – Optimal Resume, Noon – 1:00pm
        • Feb. 12 – Networking at the Career Fair, 12:30 – 1:30pm
    • Health Care Career Fair – in October
    • Education Interview Day – every December/March
  • 5. Career Research
    • Research fields you are considering
      • Find Out:
        • Daily responsibilities
        • Job outlook/supply vs. demand
        • Working environment/hours
        • Salary/benefits
        • Continuing education requirements/opportunities
        • Career advancement
  • 6. Career Research
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook
      • US Department of Labor
      • http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
      • Lists information on over 250 occupations
        • Training and education needed
        • Earnings
        • Expected job prospects
        • What workers do on the job
        • Working conditions
  • 7. Other Resources
    • Family
    • Faculty
    • Advisors
    • Employers
    • Will help you network for jobs/be your REFERENCES in your job search!
    • How else can you get information?
  • 8. What Employers Want
    • Almost 75% of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience
    • Almost 20% prefer to hire candidates with any type of work experience.
    • (NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers)
  • 9. What Employers Want
    • GPA is important!
      • Employers frequently screen college candidates by GPA
      • Most common cutoff is:
        • 3.0/4.0
      • (NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers)
  • 10. What Employers Want
    • Communication (verbal/written)
    • Honesty/integrity
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Motivation/initiative
    • Strong work ethic
    • Teamwork skills
    • Computer skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Flexibility/adaptability
    • Detail-oriented
    • (NACE Research, Job Outlook 2007, National Association of Colleges and Employers)
  • 11. What YOU can do!
    • Get involved in student organizations/professional associations
    • Volunteer/work part-time in your field of interest
    • Get to know your professors
    • Build and maintain positive working relationships with your supervisors/employers
  • 12. What YOU can do!
    • Attend Career Fairs, speak with many employers
    • Practice your interview skills
    • Have Career Services help with resume
    • Know the salary range, ask for what you are worth!
    • Do your research!
  • 13. Career Services Can Help!
    • James Barraclough
      • Career Services Specialist
      • Morgan 123
      • 670-1450
      • [email_address]