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Questions to Ask your College Career Counselor

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Posted on December 19, 2014 by Delaware Valley College.

It’s never too early to start preparing for your career after college. Whether you’re only a sophomore or a junior or you’ve reached your final year, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ve been working so hard for: a job. This can be overwhelming and nerve-racking and you may not know where to start, but that’s where your college career counselor comes in.

Your college career counselor will help you decide what career to pursue based on your interests, how to apply for these positions and how to conduct yourself during an interview. Set up a meeting with your counselor and start with the following questions. 

What kind of job should I look for? It’s common for students to be unsure about what they want to do for a living, even in their last year of college. Some degrees prepare students for a wide variety of fields, giving them many options of what to pursue. Your career counselor may help you realize your strengths and interests to help you narrow down your search to a few positions that you would be happy in.

How can I find the right job for me? Your counselor will be able to help you with job searching strategies and provide helpful tips and great tools to use while conducting your search. The counselor has spent a lot of time assisting students with job searches, so he or she will know what works best and what doesn’t work at all.

How is my resume? You résumé represents your first impression to a potential employer and companies may see thousands of resumes for any given position. Your counselor will help you make your resume stand out among the masses. He or she can also help you present extracurricular, volunteer, on-campus and academic experiences on your résumé in a way that makes you look like a great candidate, even if you don’t have much (or any) professional experience. Many employers are willing to hire and train candidates who demonstrate strong communication skills, work ethic, drive, intelligence, professionalism and enthusiasm.

What resources are available to me? Your career counselor will point you to The Center for Student Professional Development, which helps students look for internships and jobs and provides services ranging from career assessments and communication training to résumé reviews and interview preparation

What are the next steps after I’ve sent in a resume? After you’ve sent your resume to one or more potential employers, you’ll be eager for a response. Your career counselor will guide you on the right path after you’ve applied for a job. He or she may recommend that you wait a week or two before contacting the employer, which is enough time to show that you’re patient but also that you’re interested in the position. 

Contacting your college career counselor to help you find a great job can be beneficial. And remember, it’s never too early to start. You may even want to ask your career counselor if he or she can meet with you every month or every two weeks.