Resources for Students
The Bastian Family Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development provides career counseling services in areas such as self-assessment, career exploration, job search strategies, resume and cover letter construction, and interviewing and negotiation skills. Please call or stop by the office for an appointment to discuss these topics or make use of our library and computing resources.
Career Counseling and Self-Assessment
Career counseling services are provided to students in the areas of interest-assessment, career exploration, resume and cover letter preparation, job search strategies, interviewing skills, and decision-making through individual counseling. One tool that is utilized for self-assessment is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is a widely used measure of personality dispositions and preferences. In career counseling, it helps to identify compatible work settings, relate career opportunities and demands to personality type.
Another online tool used for self assessment is CareerBeam. CareerBeam is a state-of-the art, user-friendly self-assessment program that helps you determine what you want in your career and offers the steps to achieve it. It provides a compilation of the results from the various assessments to assist in clarifying what is important to you. This integrated analysis is helpful to use in career decision-making and career selection. Overall, it is a self-paced process to help you clarify your career goals, develop a professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, develop a network, and implement a strategic career search. CareerBeam helps you tap into the hidden market of jobs and internships by providing access to investigations of over 15 million companies and 20 million industries. It also allows you to identify over 2 million international companies in more than 70 countries. Create and manage your own 24/7 CareerBeam account.
Career Resource Library
The Career Resource Library houses a variety of information and directories on career fields, employers, graduate and professional schools, and school systems. Handouts on job-hunting, interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, etc. are available free of charge to all Knox College students and alumni.
CareerShift is an effective career management tool available for Knox College students and alumni. It is an amazing tool that allows students and alumni to manage a successful job search from beginning to end with real process-oriented goals. This job-hunting web service provides integrated employment research tools where one can search, select, and store job listings from all job boards and all company job positions. CareerShift is a robust system that has tremendous resources to identify contacts and the capability to access in-depth information about those contacts and company's job postings. One can manage his/her confidential CareerShift account securely from any computer 24/7, to update and maintain his/her organized and recorded job search.
- CareerBeam.com: Self-assessment career tool to help you determine what you want in your career and offers the steps to achieve it.
- CareerShift.com: Career management tool available for all Knox College students and alumni.
- ISCPA Online Career Center: Post resumes and search for jobs and internships.
- Job Search Websites: A guide to key online career resources.
- For Education Majors: Sites specializing in educational careers.
- Alumni Association Career Management Community: Live webinars with the nation's top career authors and experts.
- Resumes: Guidelines and samples to make your CV stand out.
- Cover Letters: How to write a letter that conveys purpose, enthusiasm, and knowledge.
- Interviews: Tips on making a good impression and how to answer frequently asked questions.
A Michigan State survey on recruiting trends for companies cited internship experience as the number one factor in hiring liberal arts graduates. The Bastian Family Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development encourages students to begin to engage in these experiences as soon as possible in their academic careers. Internships may be arranged for academic credit through a faculty sponsor or through sponsoring organizations with or without pay.
- Volunteer Opportunities: Learn about community service options.
Being prepared for an interview takes more than just reviewing some questions on your way to the interview. Check out our tips on interviewing before the big day. A good way to deal with your "first interview jitters" is by signing up for a mock interview. This practice interview may be videotaped at your request.
Credential files typically contain letters of recommendation from previous employers and professors. They serve as testimony of accomplishments and skills for graduate/professional schools and employers. Credential files are mailed upon request to prospective employers for a nominal fee. Transcripts, which can be obtained from the Registrar's Office, are not a part of your credential file.
- On Campus: The Bastian Family Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development hosts interviews with many local and national organizations. On-campus interviewing is an inexpensive and convenient means of establishing initial contacts with prospective employers. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to come to our office at the beginning of fall term to view the interview schedule for full-time and internship possibilities. We will also e-mail all qualifying majors about interview opportunities as the year progresses.
- Off Campus: Knox is a member of the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA). Throughout this organization of 25 small, private liberal arts colleges, students are able to post their resumes, search for jobs and internships, attend exclusive job and teacher fairs, as well as participate in interviews exclusively for ISCPA students and alumni. To get to the ISCPA Online Career Center and register, go to the ISCPA website and select Students/Alumni.