“Get A Job!” Here’s how to use TCI Career Services to land a great job.
“Get A Job!”
Here’s how to use TCI Career Services to land a great job.
If using a TCI service would almost certainly help you find a job after graduation, why wouldn’t you use it?
If you’re a TCI alumnus or prospective graduate, TCI’s Department of Career Services is here to help you identify and pursue employment opportunities. If you take advantage of the services they have to offer, you’ll increase your chances of finding a great job upon graduation.*
Using TCI Career Services is as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how:
Step #1: Know the Process
Career Services runs career seminars for all students (Job 100, 200 and 300). Students have a choice of times and dates. All you have to do is go to the Career Services Department and sign up for the dates and times that are most convenient for you.
These seminars are one of the many job-placement services offered by Career Services. The department also provides 1-on-1 career advising, resume reviews, resume labs, mock interviews, career fairs, and internships.
Many students skip the seminars because they think they already know the information. “That’s a key mistake,” says Jay Robert Francisco, Director of Career Services for TCI.
“You may think you know all this stuff.” Francisco says, “But there may be one thing you didn’t know. And that one thing may be the difference between you and the person next to you who is interviewing for the same job.”
By completing the seminars and having your resume approved by Career Services, you become eligible to participate in career fairs, where you will meet employers interested in hiring TCI graduates.
Step #2: Keep the Right Attitude
If you recognize that Career Services can be of assistance to you, you can develop a relationship that can last for years to come. Career Services can help you get an internship, a first job, and even a promotion or better job years down the road.
“The key is to keep moving forward with the right attitude.” Francisco says, “If you keep the right attitude, you give yourself more options. If you slam doors and limit your options, you may end up doing the one thing that’s left available to you – which may be the one thing you didn’t want to do.”
The right attitude also means opening yourself up to suggestions on how to improve your resume and your approach toward employment. This feedback often comes through 1-on-1 meetings with your Career Services Specialist during your resume approval process.
“Some of our students have gotten hired before.” Francisco says, “But if you’ve switched industries or been out of the workforce for a while, your old methods might not work any longer. Or maybe another approach will work even better. This could be the difference between getting an ok job and landing your dream job.”
Francisco suggests that students think of Career Services as a place to get tools for their employment toolbox. That way, students are better prepared for any employment situation from how to craft their resume to how to handle the toughest interview questions.
Career Services Specialists meet with students individually, providing honest feedback on students’ resumes and giving advice students can use on job interviews and at career fairs.
Step #3: Work the Relationship
Once you’ve completed your career seminars and met with your Career Services Specialist, Francisco recommends that you keep the relationship with Career Services for as long as you need their assistance.
Francisco urges students to ask for the help they want. Francisco says, “Once you meet with us, the relationship with Career Services is here for you as long as you want it.”
As a TCI alumnus, you can return to Career Services for job placement assistance including career fairs.
* Obtaining a degree can help with your job search but does not guarantee placement, placement in a particular position, or a specific salary.