Frequently Asked Questions
How do I connect with someone in Career Connections?
Career Connections Hours
Drop in Wednesday 10am - 5:30pm or Friday 8am - 4pm
- Help with resume and cover letters
- Arrange career assessments
*While Drop-ins are welcome, appointments may be required at peek enrollment times.
Call for an appointment Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
- Mock Interviews
- Talk about Internship & Job Shadow opportunities
- General career guidance
How do I find a part-time job?
How do Internships work?
- Network with employers to find internship openings, set up a job shadow, or for future reference.
Just because they don't have an opening right now doesn't mean they wont have something available in the future.
- Talk to your instructors about the type of job you are interested in and ask if they know of any place that you can get started.
- Attend Pizza with Pros & the Job Fair
I want to explore my intended career, can I do a Job Shadow experience?
Absolutely! Job Shadows are simple and easy to set up. Make an appointment or stop by the Advisement office to talk with your advisor about Job Shadow opportunities.
How do I prepare for an interview?
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss interviewing skills.
- You can also set up an appointment with your advisor for a Mock Interview.
A Mock Interview will simulate a real interview from start to end and give you feedback how you did. Call 309.268.8034 for more details.
What exactly is networking?
- A term that means you are building a professional relationship that could benefit your career in the future. Networking is essentially just connecting with new friends, but in a professional capacity.
- Networking is used for finding a job or an internship, job shadow experiences, getting advanced notice about potential job openings, and even as a resource when you may need help within their field. For example, it could be a good idea to network with an insurance agent to learn about professionalism, customer service, and good business practices. Maybe you’ll decide that you don’t want to be an insurance agent after all, but now you have a great contact for when you need insurance in the future!
How do I get started on my resume? Is help available?
- Yes! Drop-ins are welcome on Wednesdays and Fridays or make an appointment with an advisor to get some feedback on your pre-made resume. Please bring a paper copy of your resume with you to the advising office.
- Cover letter critiques are also available on a drop in basis or by appointment.
What do I do if I do not know what career I want to go into?
- Career Assessments are available for students.
- Explore these Student Resources
Do I need a LinkedIn profile?
- It’s never a bad idea. Some employers might ask about your professional profile. Especially if you are pursuing a job in marketing, advertising, social media, etc.
- LindedIn is great for Networking. It helps you to build your network. Plus, it will make your name and face more recognizable to employers.