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Concordia College Career Center Career Planning Guide

Welcome to the Career Planning Guide
Dear Concordia Students: Your future is filled with bright possibilities! No matter what field you choose, or what stage you're in, the Career Center can assist in your progression from student to professional. This publication is a great place for you to start. Within these pages, we will introduce you to many key concepts and topics that are critical in your journey, including: Choosing a Major & Career Co-op, Internships, & Job Shadowing Networking & Interviewing Resumes & Cover letters Grad School Preparation Life After College We are committed to helping students succeed and invite you to visit us in Academy 101 and 110. Call 3020 or stop by for more information or to set up a one-on-one appointment. With technology serving as such an important communication tool, we offer our website (www.ConcordiaCareerCenter.com) and email (career@cord.edu) as ways to meet your busy schedule. Searching for a job or applying to graduate school requires many of the same skills you've developed as a student - excellent research, planning, writing and verbal communication skills. Employers and graduate schools desire candidates with strong academic backgrounds and excellent career preparation. The Career Center staff will help you formulate your career plans, strategize your individual job search, and market yourself. We can support you as you consider campus leadership positions, part-time employment, internships and cooperative education, graduate school planning and full-time employment after graduation. We look forward to meeting with you!

Sincerely, The Career Center staff

Revised 11/10

Concordia College Career Center Career Planning Guide

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Career Center A Tool for Exploring Vocation and Career Preparation Career Decision Making Informational Interviewing & Job Shadowing Cooperative Education & Internships Marketing Your Liberal Arts Education Job Search Strategies Researching Companies Networking Resume Writing Key Words for Resumes Sample Resumes Letters Sample Cover Letter Sample Reference List Interviewing Sample Interview Questions Following Up After the Interview Preparing for Graduate School Succeeding Your First Year on the Job Costs After College

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Introduction to the Career Center
Career Center Website: We maintain an informative website that includes information on virtually all Career Center services and events, as well as helpful career preparation tools. Our website address is www.ConcordiaCareerCenter.com. Job Search: Our website utilizes CareerLink, software created by Simplicity which allows you to view Career Center events, obtain career related information, post resumes and cover letters and search for jobs. Employers can use this software to search for candidates and select students to interview. Our website also includes links to other job search tools. Job Shop: The Job Shop, housed in the Career Center, is a student-run job posting service. The Job Shop posts both on and off-campus positions including part-time, internships, temporary, and summer positions through CareerLink. Individual Counseling: Consultation in areas of choosing a major, career development, career exploration, Cooperative Education, and job search are available. The Career Center staff utilizes a variety of assessment tools. You are encouraged to call the Career Center to make an appointment with a professional staff member to determine which strategies might be right for you. Career Resource Center: Our reference library contains current career exploration information, job search, and graduate school directories, publications and videotapes. A computer terminal is available for career related projects and for Internet access. The Resource Center is...
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