Career Corner: Career Services available even after graduation

By Cynthia Blahnik, career advisor.

It’s graduation time! Application for graduation submitted? Check. Cap and gown ordered? Check. Invitations for ceremony and reception sent? Check. Registered with Delta College’s Career Services? Wait….what?

With graduation just around the corner, many students may not think about using Delta College’s resources after they have received their credentials. However, the Career Services offices are perfect for not only current students, but alumni as well.

Alumni advantages
Many Delta alumni come back to visit for a variety of reasons. Some are making a career change, getting ready for that next promotion or looking to hire for their own company. Others want to have their resume updated now that they have graduated, have a professional interview coming up and want to be prepared, or want to seriously begin their job search. Career Services offer this along with a variety of online videos and resources free of charge.

Alumni are also very valuable for current students. When it comes to networking, many alumni are more than eager to talk to current students about their career paths or even host a student as a job shadow. Career Services has a working database of area employers in a wide variety of occupations available to students.

Resume review
When was the last time you really had your resume looked over? If it’s been a while, graduation is a perfect time to have it reviewed by a professional to make sure that not only do you have your information updated, but that it is ready to be viewed by any number of potential employers. Career Services can help you decide on a format, identify relevant skills and choose professional language that will grab an employer’s attention.

Interview preparation
For many people, the interview is the most stressful part of the job hunt. The idea of touting one’s accomplishments and answering behavioral questions such as “Tell me a time when…” can cause a literal panic attack! Professional interviews can be anything from a phone interview to a panel interview of up to six people. If you have an upcoming interview, or just want to brush up on your skills, there are some options you may want to take advantage of.

Big Interview is a new virtual program that Career Services has recently implemented. With many companies choosing video interviews, this software program can help you get comfortable with the process.

If you prefer a one-on-one approach, career advisors also offers in-person mock interviews for a more personal touch. They can help you answer those tough questions and prepare you for any interview situation. Make sure you are dressed to impress!

Next door to Career Services is Delta’s Closet, a free service to Delta students and alumni which offers professional clothing, shoes and accessories at no cost to students.

Job searching
In a recent survey of soon-to-be graduates, a startling 90 percent had not begun to think about a job in their career field after graduation. New graduates should be thinking about getting their career started. One way Career Services is assisting students is with the database GradLeaders. This database is for current Delta students and alumni, and has a variety of employment opportunities from full and part time, internships and co-ops, to student employment on-campus.

It’s easy to forget the importance of a career in the midst of graduation, but remember the whole reason we go to college is to find a career, not just another job! If any student or graduate is looking for additional assistance in finding that career, please stop into Career Services in Room D102 and ask a career advisor, or give them a call at (989) 686-9072.

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