There are many myths surrounding exactly what it is that we do at The Career Center. We are here to make your job search experience as painless as possible, but in order to do that we must separate the myths from the facts. Here are your top 10 myths:
10. We find you jobs and/or internships
- It sure would be nice (and would certainly be easy) if students could walk into The Career Center just before graduation and choose a job from a menu of opportunities prepared exclusively for them. Unfortunately, getting a job is not as easy as ordering dinner. By law, The Career Center staff cannot select candidates or make hiring decisions on behalf of employers; employers have to make these hiring decisions themselves, and that means that students have to be prepared to apply for jobs and professionally present their qualifications in interviews. We wouldn’t want someone else choosing a job for us; we would want to be a part of that process.What we actually do is assist you in your job and/or internship search effort. Our job is to help you explore, prepare and evaluate employment options.
9. You only need our services when you have reached your last semester of classes.
- You can and should come into our offices early in your academic career. We encourage you to start your career planning as early as possible. We can do this through a variety of ways, such as career assessments, career exploration activities such as informational interviews, teaching you job search strategies and making sure you are offering a well developed professional package that will impress a future employer.
8. We write your resumes for you.
- Our job is to help you learn how to create a resume that is appropriate for you at this stage in your career. We do not write resumes for anyone, but will provide you with tools, resources and guidelines to make your resume work for you.
7. You are guaranteed employment when you come to the Career Center.
- Sorry, we are not job search agents. We won’t contact employers with your resume trying to convince them that you are a great candidate worthy of consideration. We legally can’t recommend individual students to employers. We work on behalf of all students and alumni of Purdue University. We do a lot of employer relationship building in order to make employers aware of the recruiting services we offer and the talents and qualifications our students possess. Seriously, log into CareerTrax and search the employer and jobs/internships database. We also post job and internship opportunities on our Twitter feeds that are not posted on CareerTrax. We reach out to many employers, and a lot of employers use our recruiting services, but you have to apply and you have to close the deal. We can help you with salary negotiation, professionalism, and transition from college to the workplace.
6. Services are not available to alumni or anyone from any other Purdue Systems schools.
- The Career Center services are a lifetime benefit and are available to all students and alumni of Purdue University regardless of their campus affiliation.
5. Good companies do not participate in our career fairs.
- We have built a distinguished network with local organizations to bring you the best possible opportunities by being an extension of the Purdue family. Employers recruit on college campuses when they need to. If they can generate a sufficient number of qualified candidates for their job opportunities without physically coming to campus, they usually won’t come to campus. And, employers that do recruit on college campuses do not necessarily go to all college campuses, recruit to fill all types of positions, or recruit all majors. Lastly, on-campus interviewing is not the only tool employers use to recruit entry-level talent from colleges and universities. As a job seeker, your job is to research and understand the hiring dynamics of the industries you wish to enter and adjust your job search strategies to your industry. We actively recruit employers and host career fairs and virtual events throughout the year. Our students can also attend career fairs at other colleges. Check out our Career Events page to learn more about the opportunities that are open to you.
4. Networking is not important and only benefits outgoing students.
- This myth keeps people from participating in an activity that could benefit from tremendously. Business and careers are all extensions of networking.
3. You have to pay for services at the Career Center.
- The services at the Career Center are completely FREE for students and Alumni of entire Purdue System.
2. Coming to the Career Center is a complete waste of time.
- Not coming to the Career Center can cost you valuable time. Get in the know, find out about events, the benefits and have a professional resume to present when opportunities arise.
And the biggest myth of the Career Center is……..drum roll please!
1. That drop advising hours are our “new” hours of operation.
- The Career Center Service hours of operation are Monday -Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This post was adapted from Matt Berndt, University of Texas through NACE, LinkedIn and the Wall Street Journal.