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Vol. 8 No. 10 | November 15, 2011

Career Services at Northern Arizona University

What Career Services are Available to Help your Student and Graduate

There are many career services available to students through the Gateway Student Success Center on campus. These resources are intended to properly prepare students to obtain employment in the evolving workplace. Career services include:

  • One-on-one job search assistance and career exploration advisement.
  • Resume critiques to polish and prepare the most appropriate, job-specific resume.
  • Cover letter writing workshops to develop skills in reading job applications and writing appropriate cover letters.
  • Two major career fairs each year to introduce students to regional and national employers. This interaction is a valuable asset for both employers and students.
  • Gateway Connects online job database. This service allows students to browse for jobs on and off campus, internships, and employers who have previously hired from the university.
  • Mock interviews to practice interview skills and ease the pressure of stressful interview situations. These interviews are tailored to the company of the desired position and prepare students for the actual event.
  • Job search strategies to improve the efficiency of students’ quest for employment.
  • Career web links to introduce students to employment search engines and web resources.
  • Graduate school preparation and help with the application process.

Gateway Connects—Connecting Students to Job and Internship Opportunities

Gateway Connects is our online job board. It is intended to assist students in finding on-campus jobs, federal work study jobs, part-time jobs, or internships while in college and aiding graduating students and alumni in obtaining full-time employment.

Current students use their LOUIE login to access Gateway Connects. The first time students access Gateway Connects, they are required to complete a profile and upload a resume. Students should update their profile and resume at least once a year to provide employers updated information. Once students graduate, we recommend they create an alumni account and update that as often as possible.

Gateway Connects is updated daily with new jobs and employers so we recommend students peruse it often to get an idea of opportunities available for graduates. For more information, visit us online or send us an e-mail.

Need Resume Assistance?

A resume is critical to your student’s success as he/she competes in the job market. Whether applying for an internship, an on-campus position, scholarship, or long-term employment, a resume is often the first opportunity your student will have to make a strong impression. We are here for guidance and support!

The Gateway Student Success Center offers resume critique services for all students. Resume critiques can assist anyone from students who are creating their first resume to those fine-tuning their resume to prepare for a full-time employment opportunity. Resume resources, available online, include worksheets, sample resumes, resume worksheets, tip sheets, and videos to help your student create a resume.

Students who want to schedule an appointment for a resume critique can come in the Gateway Student Success Center or call 928-523-4772. All students are required to submit a resume draft 24-hours prior to the appointment with a career advisor.

Spring 2012 Career and Graduate School Fair

Encourage your student to attend the Spring 2012 Career and Premedical Professions Fair on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. This free event will be held on-campus in the High Country Conference Center from 10 AM to 3 PM with interviews taking place the following day in the Gateway Student Success Center.

There are several benefits to attending, whether your student is a first-year student or a senior. Share the following reasons for attending with your student:

  1. The fair is a great opportunity to learn about internship, full-time, graduate, and professional school options. Students may even have the chance to interview with an organization the next day!
  2. Students can explore career options in a variety of fields—all in one room! Industries including business, government, nonprofit, hospitality, education, and healthcare can be expected. Students may learn about career opportunities they didn’t even know existed.
  3. The Spring 2012 Fair will be combined with the Premedical Professions Fair, so there will be admissions representatives from medical schools all over the country to answer questions about applying to medical school.
  4. Students will have the chance to practice their networking skills while talking with recruiters who are interested in recruiting our students.

Help Us Improve Career Services

Career Services invites you to help the university become even better. We value your feedback and want to know what you believe would help your student better and more effectively prepare for careers and graduate schools.

We have developed an online survey in order to gather information. Please take a few minutes to provide us this feedback. After completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for university memorabilia. This survey is anonymous.

Take the survey today!

Thank you in advance for your opinions and for your help as we continually work to improve the career services we provide!

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