Finding the right job can take time and effort – and what’s right for you isn’t necessarily what’s right for someone else. Fortunately, LCCC has the resources you need to prepare a personalized plan for success – and to land a great job.
Resumes, Cover Letters and References
In today’s highly competitive job market, employers are often swamped with a high number of applicants. Your resume may only have seconds to capture their attention. You need a compelling document that will demonstrate the match between your education, skills and experience and the prospective employer’s needs. You want to generate enough interest and curiosity to make the reader want to invite you in for an interview.
Your resume and cover letter are your personal sales tools to market your qualifications to prospective employers. Learn the key ingredients to a well-written resume and cover letter and how to make yours stand out among the competition.
A cover letter should be included with each resume that you send to an employer. An effective cover letter captures the employer’s attention, and convinces the employer that you deserve an interview by clearly identifying how your skills and experience fit the position to which you are applying.
Find even more resources to build your resume:
- Resume review form self-critique
- Resume Template – Student or Recent Graduate
- Resume Template – Experienced
- Student Resume – Business
- Student Resume – Criminal Justice
- Student Resume – Early Childhood
- Student Resume – IT
- Student resume – Manufacturing
- Student resume – Registered Nurse
- Student resume – Social Work
- Experienced Resume – Administrative Assistant
- Experienced – Call Center Supervisor – functional style
- Experienced Resume – CNC headliner style
- Experienced – Frontline Worker – Machinist, etc.
- Experienced – Teacher
A solid list of references can make the difference between getting a job offer and a rejection letter. The best references are individuals who can positively discuss your work or educational skills and experience. List your references separately from your resume and include your contact information as it appears in your resume heading, as illustrated in these samples:
Networking and Social Media Strategies
Networking is an essential tool that will benefit you throughout your career. It is estimated that at least 60% of jobs are found through this method. Networking is learning about career fields and industries, job leads, internship opportunities. It’s about making connections and building professional relationships.
You need an elevator speech or personal infomercial – a short introduction of your career goals, experience, and education – to succinctly communicate your brand in networking situations and during interviews.
The ever expanding influence and impact of social media includes our professional lives. The image that you project on social media can help you expand your professional network and stand out to hiring managers. Conversely, your social media image may cause an employer to think twice about extending you a job offer, especially if they find inappropriate content posted on one of your accounts.
Social media can also be a really useful tool when you’re researching potential careers or preparing for interviews or growing your professional network.
With over 400 million users across the globe, LinkedIn is a great tool for professional networking, searching for jobs and internships, and researching potential industries, companies and job markets. You can also use other platforms, like Twitter and Facebook to professionally market yourself online.
How to Prepare for an Interview
While the resume gets you the interview, it’s the interview that will get you the job! The secret to performing well in the interview is to be prepared, to get you one step closer to hearing those sweet words, “you’re hired!” Hone your interviewing skills by scheduling a practice or “mock” interview with a Career Services staff member.
Negotiating a Job Offer
A good percentage of employers are willing to negotiate, yet many job seekers find the process extremely stressful and take the first offer. Successful negotiation starts with knowing yourself and what’s right for you, followed by understanding how and when to ask for what you want. You need to know your value in the marketplace while also understanding the employer’s needs and constraints. Career Services is here to offer tips and guide you through the process.
Workshops and Events
No matter where you are in your career search, LCCC Career Services can help, including with free workshops.
Throughout the academic year, the Career Services hosts a variety of workshops and events to enhance your job search skills and network with employers and industry experts.
Check the LCCC calendar to see dates and times of upcoming workshops.
Landing A Federal Government Job
The federal government provides regularly scheduled online workshops on how to find and apply for a federal job, prepare a federal resume, and interview for an opportunity with the federal government. There are also special sessions on employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and pathways programs to recruit and hire students and recent graduates into federal careers.
The USAJOBS website provides information on how to create a USAJOBS profile, the federal application process, and opportunities in high demand. This site also discusses the federal government’s hiring paths and eligibility requirements.
For more information about any of these services, please call LCCC Career Services at 440-366-4076.