Explore skills, majors, and careers.
Prepare for employment through resume development,
creating a job search strategy, and interview coaching.
Network with employers and alumni to
find jobs and internships.
View the full Job Searching While Social Distancing video series on FCC’s YouTube.
What motivates you? Use these resources to connect your skills and interests with majors and careers.
Dependable Strengths® - To explore what motivates you to achieve and how you can utilize more of your potential, contact contact Anne Scholl-Fiedler.
Visit our Library Resources Guide for additional career planning tools
After self-assessment, schedule an appointment with Career Services to discuss your results and form an action plan.
Get ready to enter the workforce by preparing a resume, maximizing your job search options, and practicing for interviews.
Research ideas for formatting your experience and accomplishments. There’s lots of options when it comes to organizing your resume, and there may be a preferred format for the industry in which you’re applying.
Use an email address related to your name (i.e. [email protected]) and avoid using email addresses that are overly personal/inappropriate or from your current place of work.
*Bonus Tip– Don’t use your birth year in your email address. It can indicate your age which could influence a recruiter’s perception of you.
Incorporate keywords used in the job posting to make sure your resume gets through keyword-scanning software used by recruiters.
*Bonus Tip– Don’t go overboard. Only use language that accurately reflects your experience. Recruiters will sense if you’re “padding” your resume with keywords.
You can sign up for custom email alerts from job listing sites and often directly from companies that interest you. This ensures you’ll see jobs as soon as they are posted and streamlines the job search process.
Recruiters often check out applicants’ online presence before deciding to bring them in for an interview. While job searching, it’s a good idea to make your social media accounts private, or at the very least, remove inappropriate pictures and posts.
Avoid having your resume overlooked by ensuring you follow all application directions. Did they ask for references? Provide them. Are you supposed to call after submitting your application? Make sure you call. It’s simple, but following the instructions is the first step in having your resume seen.
Job Search and Internship Resources
Browse interview questions online, prepare your answers, then practice them. While you may not be asked the exact question you’ve prepared for, having some talking points ready will allow you to quickly respond to a question with relevant examples of your experience.
*Bonus Tip – Always prepare an elevator speech to respond to the common question, “Tell us about yourself and why you’re interested in this role.” Rather than giving your whole life story, you’ll want to convey who you are and what you can offer in just a few sentences.
Familiarize yourself with the job description and match your skills to the desired qualifications. Think of examples to highlight your relevant experience and be prepared to speak to any qualifications that you do not currently have. While you want to cast yourself in the best light, honesty is just as important.
Interviewees are almost always asked, “Do you have any questions?”, and you should definitely have some! If you don’t ask questions, the interviewer will assume you’re either not prepared or are not that interested. You can browse questions to ask in an interview online to pick and choose a few that are relevant to you and the position you’re applying for.
Never underestimate the benefits of networking or the value of experience ! Seventy to 80% of jobs are found through networking. Employers are particularly interested in your skills. Internships and other experiential learning opportunities are key to honing skills, proving abilities, and positioning oneself for success.
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined as “hands-on” learning and reflection. Examples of experiential learning include internships, service-learning, volunteerism, clinical experiences, field work, fellowships, practicums, simulations, apprenticeships, and research. Experiential learning helps students put classroom theory into context while building practical skills outside of the classroom. Employers expect students to have a number of experiential learning experiences upon graduation in order to be competitive job candidates.
Meet with a Career Advisor for assistance exploring and developing your career path. Get help with career planning, resumes, cover letters, interview, job searching, and more.
The last month has proven to be a shifting landscape for many of us in the community as we navigate the impact of COVID-19. We have incredible strength in the partnerships of Frederick County, and we wanted to let you know that we are here to support you in continuing to connect with our students and to provide training.
We remain committed to your success and value your partnership. Stay well and connect with us as the need arises.
Video Series for Job Searching While Social Distancing: Job Searching While Social Distancing
Post your current positions and view applications on the College Central Network, the FCC Recruiting Platform.
Meet directly with students in the Recruiter’s Corner, located in the Student Center. Your visit will be advertised through college emails, fliers, social media, and the campus events Calendar.
To reserve a recruiting date for your company, contact Anne Scholl-Fiedler, Coordinator of Career Services, 301.624.2795
Connect with students and alumni through career fairs or networking events during an internship or job fair. Register to attend through the College Central Network, FCC’s Recruiting Platform. To be placed on the Career Fair invitation list, please contact Anne Scholl-Fiedler at 301.624.2795 or email Career Services.
Employers are encouraged to share their expertise and help students prepare for their job search.
Present specific content related to programs of study, job searching, and tips for success in your industry.
Help students prepare for and refine their job searching techniques by giving them an idea of what employers expect from college graduates and helping them learn to articulate what they have to offer, both in writing and verbally.
Provide students with an introduction to your organizational culture and career pathways through one-day shadowing events or information sessions.
For more information and assistance with your recruitment needs, please contact Anne Scholl-Fiedler, Coordinator of Career Services, 301.624.2795
Career Advisors and local employers are available to facilitate presentations and workshops in your classroom upon request.
Career Services can facilitate department specific recruiting events with local employers to meet the needs of your students.
Request a meeting to discuss your vision, and Career Services will help to plan, coordinate, and market the event. To request a career or recruiting event, contact Anne Scholl-Fiedler, Coordinator of Career Services, 301.624.2795
We also welcome you to refer employers and alumni to FCC for their recruitment needs.
A variety of online resources are available for students and alumni to start exploring a career direction, research major careers, begin a job search, and find out about recruiting events at FCC.
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