With the job search after graduation often lasting up to nine months, college graduates are being forced to find new ways to make themselves stand out in the crowd. However, Auburn University students bring some flare to the competition after utilizing resources like The Auburn University Career Center.
For more than 30 years, The Auburn University Career Center has provided students with professional career advice and assistance with interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, and job search resources.
With walk-in hours Monday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students have the opportunity to walk in for a brief 15-20 minutes session with one of the center’s eight Peer Career Advisors. These students, typically upperclassman, assist students with resume and cover letter preparation, job search techniques, and provide an introduction to choosing/ changing majors.
(Photo right: Mary Martin Hall at Auburn University. The Career Center is on the third floor)
From there, students have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with one of the center’s Career Counselors for additional help.
Elyse Williams, a Peer Career Advisor, spoke on the benefits of utilizing The Career Center’s numerous resources.
“Meeting with an advisor really helps students get a grip on what to except in the career search process,” Williams said. “I used it my sophomore year, trying to change my major, and it helped me figure out what I wanted to do, and then what to expect from there.”
However, The Career Center’s Resources extend far beyond the brick walls of Mary Martin Hall. Multiple career fairs, hosted by The Career Center, are held annually to give students the opportunity to interface and network with professionals that they may have not met otherwise. Fairs throughout the year range from general career fairs to fairs tailored to specific majors and departments.
Colleges who have partnered with The Career Center in the past to host fairs have included The College of Liberal Arts, The College of Business, The College of Agriculture, and The College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
These fairs are of no cost to students.
Nancy Bernard, Director of The Auburn University Career Center, encourages students to begin using The Career Center’s services early on in their collegiate journey.
“It often takes 6 to 9 months for students to find a job, so we encourage them to start early,” Bernard said. “Students really need to start the job search their junior year. Thankfully, we have wonderful resources for that.”
Bernard also spoke about the importance of students utilizing the Tiger Recruiting Link, an online resource that shows part-time, full-time, and internship job opportunities to Auburn students.
“It’s a great resource that student’s don’t take advantage of as much as they could.” Bernard said. “We have companies post job opportunities all the time.”
While using the Tiger Recruiting Link, students can filter their job search to match the industry, position type, and geographic areas that they desire.
Additional information about The Auburn University Career Center can be found at http://www.auburn.edu/career/.
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