Free career workshops available Thursdays

June 24, 2011 Feature Print Print
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The easily overlooked Student Employment and Career Services Center may be the best weapon in a student’s arsenal as he or she prepares for the workforce.

Every Thursday throughout the summer the office will hold workshops to help students preparing for a career.

The Career Services Center walks students through each step of the process.

“We help students find jobs and decide on career paths,” said Student Employment and Career Services Director Debra Vaughn.

Career exploration, one of the many programs offered, is a questionnaire that can help students decide which career path is right for them.

 

Vaughn said they also teach the proper way to construct a résumé, the best language to use in an application, interviewing tips, and appropriate behavior and attire in an office setting.

In addition, the Career Services Center provides links to websites that can help students. Those are:

• Optimal Resume, where there is literally a template that formats résumé’s and cover letters, and coaches interviewing skills.

• Greatergrads.com, where students can search internships that are updated monthly.

• Collegecentral.com, where students can search jobs around the country, post their résumés for employers to search, and apply for positions.

“On this site students have the option to attach a résumé, a cover letter and your transcripts.

“For some students this is the first time,” Vaughn said. “So if they will attend the workshop, we can help them, we believe, be a stronger candidate.”

If students can’t make it to the workshops, they can visit the Student Employment and Career Services Center in the Main Building,

“We can help students with any of these topics,” Vaughn said. “They can just come by anytime and we can discuss options.”

The workshops are from 12:30 to 1 p.m. every Thursday in room 1G7, and are free to all students.

For more information, call 405-682-7519 or e-mail employmentservices@occc.edu.

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