How can we help you?

Did you know that Calhoun Community College has our very own Department of Career Services and Cooperative Learning? We do, and we’re here to help you!

If you’re a Calhoun student, alumnus, or prospective enrollee, we offer a number of free services to help you on your college and career path.

Our staff offers the following services:

  • Career advising (help with choosing a major; deciding between a few career options; and general help for clients who have no idea what they want to do)
  • Job search help (resume and cover letter review; interview prep; suggestions for where to look for jobs; and more)
  • Co-op (from inquiry to application to placement, we’re your go-to for Calhoun’s cooperative learning experience)
  • hireCalhoun (an online job portal just for Calhoun students and alums)

If it’s career related, we can probably help you!

There are a few things we don’t do. We won’t rewrite your resume for you, although we’ll give you lots of tips so you may revise it yourself. And, we can’t guarantee you’ll get a job, because employers make those decisions; however, we’ll help you keep looking!

Remember, we’re a free service. There’s no cost to you. So make an appointment to come see us, and let Career Services and Cooperative Education help you!

You can schedule an appointment online. Click here: Career Services Appointment.

Interested in a summer internship? Now is a great time to start looking.

It’s been cold here in North Alabama, and with classes for the spring semester just barely underway, summer is probably not the first thing on most students’ minds. If you’re planning to apply for summer internships, though, it’s time to start gearing up.

With many summer internships starting in May, the hiring and selection season for some of the most coveted positions has already begun and may even be closing soon. So don’t procrastinate! Start researching opportunities and compiling a great application package to give yourself the best chance at the internship experience you want.

Some tips:

  • Refresh your resume. Make sure it’s updated, free of typos, and tailored to the kind of position for which you’re looking.
  • Get the details. When you find an internship that interests you, do some investigating. Is it paid or unpaid? When does it start and end? Where is it located? If the job isn’t quite right for you, keep looking!
  • Make sure you’re a match. It probably isn’t worth it to apply for internships you aren’t qualified for, so ensure you’re a good fit before you start the application process. You also want the internship to benefit you, so it pays to check that the company and position meet your selection criteria, as well.
  • Follow the directions. All of them. Apply where, when, and how they want you to. Submit all required documents, and double-check the format. If the company requests a .pdf, don’t send a .doc file. If they ask for official transcripts, don’t send unofficial copies. Show them you pay attention to details and follow directions well.
  • Get help! If you know someone who does a lot of hiring, ask them if they’ll look over your resume. Does your school have a trustworthy career center? Might be time for a visit. Have a good relationship with an English or communications professor? Maybe they’ll workshop your cover letter with you. Use your resources and don’t be afraid to call in a favor or two.

An internship can boost an entry-level resume, give you valuable work experience, and be a great vehicle for networking in your field. Take advantage of these opportunities if you can.

 

Your New Year’s Career Resolution

It’s a new year! Happy 2017, everybody. If you’re a job seeker, you might be facing the year with renewed vigor after a joyous holiday break. Or you might be discouraged, staring down another year of “And just where do I go from here?” Already employed? Maybe you started the year grateful to have the job you have. Or maybe you’re dreading another 365 days of the same old thing. Whatever your situation, you can take advantage of January to get your year off to a good start.

If you make one career resolution this year, make it this one:

Change something that isn’t working.

We all have things we wish were different. Better. We’d love a new job. A promotion. A chance to use that one skill we have that doesn’t get much of a workout at work. And we’d all like more money.

You’ve heard the saying “If nothing changes, then nothing changes?” If you don’t take some sort of action with regard to your career, chances are pretty good that January 2018 will look a whole lot like January 2017.

So if you aren’t getting job interviews, maybe your resume needs some minor tweaks (or some major revising). If you’re interviewing regularly but the job offers never materialize, your interviewing skills might need a tune up.

Are you miserable at work? You’ve got some choices. You can start a job search. You can try to change your current situation. Or maybe you want to focus on what you really do like about your job and make peace with the aspects that bother you.

Underpaid? Have you asked for a raise? Did you make your case by illustrating the value you bring to your boss, your clients, your company? Have you done your research into salaries for similar positions in the area?

If everything at work is going well for you, congratulations! That’s really great. But if it’s not, these early days of a brand new year might just be a great time to reflect on what’s happening, decide what could be better, and take action to change it. Just one thing.

Changing one thing might just change everything.