Career Center Offers Tips for Job Hunting in Recession

In an effort to provide special assistance during this recession, the Career Center is offering “Job Searching in a Recession,” a full day of workshops and seminars, April 5.

Employment prospects for upcoming college graduates can be discouraging. The program is geared especially for the class of 2009, but all students are welcome to attend.   

The day will begin with a “Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for Beginners” at 10 a.m. in Violette Hall 1432. The workshop is for students who have not started the resume writing process. Participants will leave with a rough draft of a resume and an outline for a cover letter. Later in the day, at 2:45 p.m. in Violette Hall 1432, students who already have a rough draft of a resume and cover letter can attend the “Interactive Resume and Cover Letter Intensive Workshop.” Participants should bring drafts in electronic form.

“Ace the Interview” will be at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. in Violette Hall 1424. Students will learn what to say and what not to say in an interview and practice responding to typical interview questions.

“Finding a Job in a Tight Market” will be at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. in Violette Hall 1420. Presenters will explore strategies and resources to locate employment opportunities and how students should alter the approach of job searching in a recession.

“The Importance of Networking in a Recession” will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Violette Hall 1424. This will be an interactive seminar that will take the mystery out of networking.

“Alternatives to the Job Market, including Grad School and Volunteering” will be at 1:30 p.m. in Violette Hall 1428. This seminar will cover the good and bad reasons for avoiding the job market at this time.

In addition to scheduled events, Career Center staff will be available for drop-in advising and resume critiquing from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the entrance to the 1400 rooms in Violette Hall. Students can register for events on the Professional Development Institute website at
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