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The Bastian Family Career Center provides career consulting 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 consulting is 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 consulting. 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 consulting, 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.
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.
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 Career Center 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.
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.