The Job Search Tips Workshop given by the KSU Career Center was created to show students how to properly navigate the world of Job boards. Kirstie Colin gave the presentation while Allie Wright moderated the student Chat It helped to guide students through what to expect as they began preparing to apply to various job openings.
They started by making sure that people keep their mental state calm and to not get overwhelmed by the task ahead of them. They then moved on to how you start your process by filling out your profiles on various websites like Handshake and LinkedIn. They emphasized the importance of this as employers may look over you if your profile is incomplete. Next the focus turned to narrow in on what types of jobs you are looking for and to do research in these fields. It’s important to find companies in these spaces to research and set as goals for employment. The program finished off with how to navigate some online job boards and how to use keywords to effectively navigate through the noise.
This was a unique experience because the presentation was fully given online. The program Microsoft Teams was used as the meeting space and it was a seamless experience that truly surprised me. They talked over a slideshow presentation while fielding questions from a student chat. It was an effective system because they could field questions in real-time and direct the flow of the conversation based on the student’s concerns.
My favorite aspect of the presentation was how they covered job hunting in this new climate we are facing. They reassured us that companies were still looking for new employees and that it may be a slower market but there were still opportunities. They directed this section of the discussion to use this time to bolster our online expertise. We could update our applications and profiles demonstrating our online capabilities that some companies may be looking for as we are moving to a more virtual environment.
It gave me a lot to think about in these trying times as I am currently looking for a career after I graduate in the Summer. It reinforced the steps I have been taking and gave me ideas on new places to look to widen my career search. I highly recommend the presentations the KSU Career Center gives as they truly do as much as they can to help students on their path to finding a career.