In just a month, the LSU 2016 Spring Commencement will take place, sending hundreds of graduates from campus to the workforce. While this is a very exciting time, many students worry about not finding that “perfect” job. Getting that college degree doesn’t necessarily mean scoring that job you’ve always wanted. This is an issue LSU tries to solve with the help of Olinde Career Center.
At the Olinde Career Center, every career service imaginable is offered for no cost, from career guidance and discovery to assistance with co-ops and internships.
Angie O’Flaherty, job search coordinator for the LSU Olinde Career Center, offers her advice on the resume and job interview process.
Recently, she has seen an increase in students using the center now that graduation is approaching. O’Flaherty said, however, that students should use these resources early on in their career, and not to wait until the last minute.
“Finding a full-time job really is a full-time job,” she said.
According to O’Flaherty, one important component of the process that the Olinde Career Center works on for students is personalizing your resume.
“Each major has a few things that are a little different, depending on what field they’re going into,” she said. “But you always want to have an education section, and for students, that should be the first thing.”
Another problem many students face with resumes, O’Flaherty said, is the experience section.
“A lot of students think they can only put things that they were paid for, but that’s not the case,” she said. “If you hold a position in an organization, in a fraternity or a sorority or whatever it is, you can definitely use that as experience.”
After building and sending out your resume, the next step in finding a job is usually an interview. While this stage can be nerve-wrecking, the Career Center tries to offer services that make it much more bearable, in either one of two ways.
“We have an interview prep, which is if you just want to come in and practice some interviewing skills, which is pretty laid-back,” O’Flaherty said. “And we also have a mock interview. For this, we’d like students to already have an interview setup, that way we can tailor questions specifically for what they’re applying to.”
O’Flaherty explained that the Olinde Career Center helps students improve on the social aspect of the interview process.
“Social is a big part of it because a lot of people don’t realize some of the nuances they do, whether it be ‘uhm’ or ‘like’, and we try to address that,” she said. “But mainly it’s about the content that they’re putting into their answers.”