More Great Websites to Help with Career Development and the Job Search!

March 31st, 2008

Job Interview Questions

A great website for all things related to the interview. It has thousands of questions that you may run into during the job interview. The site also gives great tips for generating your own questions and different ways to prepare for and follow-up after the interview.

Researching Companies Online

One of the most important steps in the job search process is researching the company you want to work for. This helpful website walks your through the process and shows you different ways you can find information about different companies and organizations.

Career One Stop

Great website full of information for the various stages in the career development and job search processes. Watch short videos about different occupations, discover salary information, get help with writing a resume, and more!

CNN’s Cost of Living Calculator

Many of you will most likely move away from the Charleston area but how much is it going to cost living in Seattle or Dallas? Check out this website to compare different cities and find out how much it is going to cost.

Association Job Boards

One of the best tools in finding jobs in specific fields or industries is to find the relevant associations. This website helps alleviate some of the stress of finding those associations.

Employers taking that Closer Look

March 17th, 2008

When preparing for the job search and interview most people experience the same thoughts: what do I want to do, how am I going to find the job, I need to write my resume, what am I going to wear to the interview, and so on. These are common thoughts that run through your mind during the job search process. But there are several other things you need to be aware of. When an employer begins looking at your resume or during the interview they are picking apart every single detail and will make a judgment call on what they see or hear.

There are two areas you can prepare yourself that employers may judge you on without you even realizing it. The first is your email address. The majority of people use their Yahoo!, Google, or Hotmail accounts as their primary email provider and there is nothing wrong with this but what does your address look like? When you created your email you were trying to think of a unique address you would remember and was perhaps cute and witty at the same time. For example, thebigcheese@mail.com or partyprincess@mail.com. While these make a statement about you, it is not the statement that needs to be portrayed to possible employers. You do not have to get rid of your email just get a new one or use your school email. An address that features your name is always the best choice.

Another area possible employers are going to silently judge you is your voicemail message. This too needs to be professional sounding. No screaming, crude jokes, or ‘fake’ answers. Keep it simple and conservative. State your name and a brief message asking for them to leave a message including their name and phone number. Another point relating to cell phones is the dial tones. It is now quite popular for people to have songs for the caller to listen to instead of a dial/ringing tone. Please reconsider. While this is not necessarily a bad thing the song you choose may not be the best. If the song can be considered derogatory, crude, and/or include curse words do not use. Remember a possible employer may listen to this and get the wrong impression about you. Use the regular dial tones while your in the job hunt.

The most common rule for everything in the job hunt is “Be Conservative.” If in doubt do not do it. Do you have any other suggestions for job hunters? Things that are seemingly simple but glaringly wrong?

Top 5 Things to Do this Summer!

March 10th, 2008

5. Take summer classes! While this may not seem the most fun thing you could do, it does give you the opportunity to take classes outside of your major to explore different topics to expand your knowledge.

4. Study Abroad! As a college student you have the best opportunity to travel the world all under the guise of studying, plus if you want to work abroad in the future this will be a great experience for you.

3. Volunteer! Check out Service Learning for more ideas about how you can help someone!

2. Part-time jobs! Not only will it give you a little extra spending money but you can gain relevant experience.

1. Summer Internship! Get relevant experience to your future goals or “try-on” a career to see if it fits. Will look great on your resume!

Education Career Fair Next Week!

March 3rd, 2008

Next Monday the Career Center will be hosting the Education Career Fair in the Stern Student Center Ballroom (3:00-5:00). This is a great opportunity for anybody who is interested in a career in education. And remember, you do not have to be an education major to attend the fair. School systems from all over South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina will be attending.

For a complete list of participating schools and more details check log into CISTERNonline and click on Career Fairs.

Career Fairs at the College of Charleston are open only to students and alumni of the College.