Career Planning Expert’s Tip of the Month – May

Know What Your Campus Career Center Will and Will Not Do for You

I think it’s really important to know exactly what your campus career center will and will not do for you because I don’t want you to learn the hard way, like I did!

My sophomore year at Duke, I found an internship that I really wanted so I made an appointment with the campus career center to get started on my résumé. When I finally got an appointment – this is an entire story in itself – I was told “I’m sorry, we won’t write your résumé for you, but we’ll review it!”

I nearly fell out of my chair – I was shocked! I’d paid thousands of dollars for my education and now they were telling me they wouldn’t write my résumé for me! I couldn’t believe it!

So I set-out on my own and learned everything I possibly could about writing résumés and cover letters. Why? Because I learned that’s what your campus career center won’t do for you! And I share this with you not because I want to scare you but because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to you, too!

Now I’d like to talk about what they will do for you. They’re there to serve as a resource for you and to assist and guide you through your career or internship search. The keywords here are “assist” and “guide.”

And they’ll do just that – assist and guide you by reviewing your résumé and cover letters and offering suggestions about how you should conduct your career or internship search.

All-in-all, your campus career center is a great resource for free career search information. But if you’re looking for something more, like someone to actually do the work for you, then you need to come see me because they won’t help you there.

~ The Résumé Girl, Lauren Hasson
Career Planning Expert, Campus Calm

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