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Workshop Demystifies the Job Search Process



What is the right job for you after graduation? How do you land that job? Where do you even start looking?

The post-college job search process, which begins with these questions, will be demystified at a Senior Job Search Workshop on Wednesday, March 5, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Alger Hall, room 110.

“This workshop will help students develop an organized job search with strategies to market their value to employers,” said Demetria Moran, assistant director, counseling and employer relations, RIC Career Development Center. “Students need to invest time and thought in leveraging their skills and experience in their job search.”

The free workshop, open to all RIC students, will cover:

·      Organizing and managing job search expectations;

·      Determining the right career fit;

·      Identifying job search resources;

·      Developing a quality resume and cover letter; and

·      Navigating a job interview.

Moran said upper-level undergraduate students and new graduates sometimes find the job search process overwhelming. An ever-tightening job market, she said, means first-time job seekers need to focus their efforts on the resources and available positions most appropriate for them. 

“The task of finding a job or even thinking about what position one wants is very daunting,” Moran said. “We will talk in this workshop about ways to find resources and make the job search process manageable.”

To prepare for the workshop, students should craft an idea of what their dream job might be, based on their academic knowledge, skills and interests. During the workshop, Moran said, students will be taught how to use these qualifications as the bases for their job search.

The workshop, Moran said, will give attendees a head start in the job search process and the ability to maximize the time they spend job searching.

The workshop is also meant to prepare students for upcoming job fairs. The Annual Job & Internship Fair on April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom welcomes recruiters to RIC to talk to candidates with backgrounds in a variety of majors about the needs of their organizations.

A Health, Human Services and Education Job & Internship Fair takes place on April 16, from 3-5 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom for students with backgrounds in nursing, counseling, social work, education and related disciplines. An accounting job fair for students and recent graduates is scheduled for this fall.

Students who are unable to attend the workshop may make a job search assistance appointment with a Career Development Center counselor by calling 456-8031.

RIC’s Career Development Center also has several job search handouts available on its website, including on networking, dining etiquette and crafting a personal statement. These forms are available at http://www.ric.edu/careerdevelopment/handouts.php.