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Roberts Wesleyan College, Chili, near Rochester ​well hello everybody and I'd like to welcome you and thank you for joining us for this time together today is we really focus on the Career Services aspect and what's offered at southern New Hampshire University for our students my name is Chris and I am joined today by Brad from Career Services who will now introduce himself hi my name is Brad Jeffrey and I work in the Career Service department and I work with the history students so if at any point you feel like you're gonna be needing career assistance you're most likely gonna be talking to B so here is where I can help you know with you help you achieve your career goals if you consider changing careers if you're waking the broken to break into anything history related museums archives or anything like that we can work together to help you get an internship together to get you some experience there so there's a variety of different things we can work together on and we're here to talk about them oh right Brad well let's just really start by you know what services do you offer you know that say I'm a student approaching graduation and kind of have some ideas but you know I don't know if my resume is up-to-date I'm not real sure what I'm focused on what career options I have how can you help me absolutely there's a variety different things we could help you out with so the first thing we do is typically we set up a time to have a you know initial conversation we talk for about 30 minutes sometimes 45 minutes and we kind of go over where you've been where you want to go and how we can help you get there so you know we'll discuss the different options you're looking at what's that the time to go over your professional documents and we'll help you with your resume make sure it's up to date will help you with your cover letters we definitely get those things looking professional so we will help you with that sometimes students when they're you know they do their degree they're not even sure where they want to go we can help them with tickets and assessments to help them kind of guide them in a different direction to see maybe there's an avenue they never reconsidered that they're kind of interested in so we could help you set up look at some of those types of things we could also set up informational interviews which is a great resource that we have here at SNHU and that's where we pair you up with an alumni from the University who maybe work in the field that you're interested in there's a forum we will send out to you you can complete that will help you you know you know facilitate that meeting and you can talk with someone who's in the field directly who who's in the position you want to be and they can talk about you know what it takes to get there what steps they took so it's really valuable information and you can hear firsthand from someone who has gone down the road that you're looking to to walk down you know so that that's a great place that's what we typically start we have an amazing process that's called ready to refer have you familiar with that Chris no I've never heard of it tell us about yeah that's pretty cool so basically once we kind of work with students in the and let's say they're ready to start really looking for a job and they're really serious about their you know their career search well well again after we do the initial call we get your professional documents ready we'll also set up a time to do a mock interview to kind of help you with your interview skills we'll practice those together and once we feel like your interviewing is gonna go smoothly we'll set up a time you have a Skype meeting with the business development specialist so the career departments broken into two two hats there's a student facing side which I work on where I reach out the student is checking with them to see how they're doing they need career assistance and then there is the business facing side where I have a counterpart Cindy where she reaches out to different businesses and organizations across the country to help identify different roles that may be available once again we get through the art process and we complete all the steps that are necessary we'll work in conjunction with Cindy who will help help you find jobs now we're not a placement agency binding strategy but we're an additional resource to help students again find find roles that maybe you know suit their needs or what they're looking for it's a collaborative effort it's not like you're not gonna sit back and Cindy's gonna throw your job orders to you but again long as you guys are working together it's a great you know you guys will work in tandem to help identify different job opportunities we could steal if you have any questions at that any time you can reach out to us in the Career Services Department I can go over that in greater detail but that's that's one of the great resources we have here we help students with their LinkedIn accounts help them find professional contacts we have a variety of career communities that you can join for different regions of the

country so it doesn't matter where you're located it's not just New Hampshire where you know we're all over the country so there's different communities you can join there too so and we have a variety of resources here available to you that we could send you that's all you know chunni to the job that you're interested in we can get some is your way to so anything kind of related to your career search and networking event it's all kinds of stuff that we have here to help you with your your ultimate goal getting employed or a better job after you graduate cool we mentioned LinkedIn and you know obviously we live in a day and age of social media and social media platforms and ways of communication and all that type of thing can you just address the importance of networking and how social media can play a positive role in that aspect of a job search absolutely 70% of jobs that are found today are through networking so I mean it's not to say you can't apply for a job online and you may get it you know that that's definitely you know it happens people do apply for jobs and you get hired but networking is key and the best way to do that is that especially in this day and age is to have a LinkedIn account and the presence online because you never know who knows who the oh the whole you know six degrees of separation you may not know someone directly who works for an organization that you may advise to get employed by but you may have a friend or a friend of a friend who knows somebody who can get your resume in front of those people so it's extremely important to have a LinkedIn account we have resources to help you develop that make sure your your online presence is a positive one in one that's professional and will work with you to help you with that stuff but it's it's paramount that you have a LinkedIn account I talk with students about that a lot some people think because they're going to be working in in a historical you know setting or a museum type role that that's not that's not gonna be helpful and that that could be further from the truth so again if you're if you're new to LinkedIn if you have questions about LinkedIn you could reach out to us and we can absolutely help you in that department as well very good you mentioned about you know helping with a resume and I want to back up to that idea and for a second so you don't have a resume is that something that you all can assist with or is it just you know taking the resume and making sure it's fine-tuned so do you offer like services to help develop them or which direction do you go with that sure we do both some students come unless they have a perfectly polished resume some students have a resume written and needs some tuning up some students come to us a resume that needs a lot of work and some students don't have a resume at all so we handle the gamut so yeah we have templates we can send you if you need to start from scratch there's different ways of styling a resume to make sure that it kind of falls in line with what hiring managers are looking for I think the average like the time that a recruiter or a hiring manager looks at a resume is 7 seconds so you want to make sure that you're heard yeah I know all the time you put into a resume and actually get seven seconds of my time with it so you want to make sure that you know your your resume is succinctly to the point and it clearly identifies to your your talents and skills and you want to make sure that it's a done an eye-catching format and by eye-catching I mean like you know very not not paragraph written you want to be bullet very detail-oriented that way and we help you with those things so yeah there's also I'm not sure if you're familiar with applicant tracking systems are you familiar with that Chris no what is that yeah a lot of institutions today they have software if you will that will skin it's like SEO for resumes so they scan your documents to make sure there's enough keywords then your document that are matching the job description he makes sure that the company or institution is hiring you know the most qualified candidates if you're not you know you could have all the experience than world and if you're not articulating clearly on your resume for what the job description is your your application may never get seen so it's important so you make sure that you have your resume tuned so that it kind of helps get past those bots and we have a counter software if you will call job scan and we can work with students to show them how to you basically you copy and paste your job description you copy and paste the resume you hit a button it does this magic computation and it kind of computes like a percentage match rate if you will to see what your resume matches versus the job description so you definitely want to help you know I think the the rate you're aiming again is a 70% or higher match rate so you kind of help it get past you know these bots that will just push your resume off to the side there's no nothing worse when you go and apply for a job and you get the dreaded bounce back message thanks your application we'll keep it on file you know and yeah that's basically what's happened it's gone through a computer it's scanned it real quick and it doesn't see it enough enough matches there it just falls to the bottom of the pile so we kind of help you know but students trying to avoid those pitfalls as well good to know good to know yeah seven seconds that's not a long time to make a good impression moving away from resumes for a second you know somebody wants to apply for like a teaching position you know to college level they're gonna need a curriculum vitae is that something you have the ability to also offer assistance will it actually help students with CVS all time so that's another thing if you if you have one we can help you polish it up and if you need help we have templates in that area too so absolutely there's definitely we have you know help for that that uh that area of documents do well big difference between resumes and CDs you know in terms their content and what they look for they really kind of

almost negate each other when you look at their overall content and length and all that type of thing very very interesting and that that um what else would you tell the student who's approaching graduation how should they start to prepare you know they're what's going through you know they got a you know not only finish up their academic program but you know also think ahead at the same time so how should they approach that process is they're nearing it or when should they start to approach it as well I mean you know probably don't want to wait till the very end yeah the most important day I can't emphasize this enough is to get an internship in we have an internship department it's part of the career team here and to get involved in that as early as possible there are opportunities to do internships for credit and again each there's different criteria depending on what you're looking to do and that's something that's handled on a case-by-case basis so reaching out to the Career Department I'd say buy your you know second cohort year if you will do your sophomore year however you want to call it getting tops up with us here in career and get in front of the the internship team I can't that's the most important part of finding a job the resume stuff that's closer to the end they're ready to refer program that is for the last cohort year but building that experience that transferable experience in like I said it a museum archive or teaching setting the sooner you can get that done the better and there is room within the history major to take take those internships or credits oh and our internship team will we'll work with you on that and again if you have any questions on how to get touch with the internship team you can reach out to me and I'll guide you in that direction but yeah so start serving as soon as you can always be getting you know working towards that goal of you know when you're graduating if your goal is to break into into that kind of you know history setting if that's where you want to go the sooner you can get on that the better oh now how do these services differ for you know like internships and things like that between the undergraduate and a graduate level are they the same across the board that you're referencing are there different requirements for courses how does how does all that work becomes a grad level to the undergrad level sure so the grad level I'm not you know I can't speak as well max I haven't had many come through the undergrad level it's definitely a part of the program you can do an internship actually any time I should make that clear I'm not I'm not a hundred said positive about if you can do it for credit but we can definitely still help you get an internship the undergrad level there is space in your new program for you to take it for credit so that's why I stressed doing the undergrad internship program as soon as you can during your undergrad like I said not to say you can't do one later on another Road but you know the earlier on the better all right very good and how should students get in contact with career services you who should they how how do they reach you and who do they speak with is they start to make those contacts absolutely um you notice if you want your resume reviewed at any time you can email it to COC II career at and that will you know that will be sent off and it'll be you know pass to the appropriate contacts or you could call the general number which is 8 8 8 6 7 2 1 4 5 8 then reach out that puts you right to the Career Department again will put you in touch with the with the right career advisors for your needs you know I I will again most likely I will be working with students I work with students during their last cohort year but that doesn't mean you don't get career assistance before that you just work with different advisors and then again when you call that number we'll make sure you get to the right advisor so you get the help and support you need right and is there any type of link to the Career Center going through my snoo is any of that information can be linked up that direction as well yeah you go into you go into the mysnhu page the homepage and at the top there's a menu bar across the top and you you click on offices and you scroll down you go to career she's a Career Center online and evening students you don't want to go for the campus students make sure you go to online even the students and you click that link that'll bring you to the career page for for the COC school and there there's a bunch of resources available for you you can explore different career options help you build experience and help you with your resume cover letter stuff there's a practice interview materials there there's different webinars and trainings that are available to you so definitely check it out it's a great resource there's a lot going on there and again our contact information is there as well and yeah definitely go and poke around in there it's just been revamped recently so it's pretty good cool sounds like a lot of good information and I'm glad you referenced the difference between you know making sure that they check online students in their in the online program instead of you know residents oh nice and up so nice note there to make a note up well Brad I would like to thank you for your time today and have any questions definitely reach out to Career Services they are there Mannes School of Music.