Interview practice is important for everyone, native English speakers as well as speakers of English as a second language. While preparing for interviews, BCC students may take advantage of mock interview sessions or more casual meetings with the career counselor. Call 413-236-1605 to schedule an appointment with the career counselor.
Archives for Career Tips
More about getting a promotion than getting a jobhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324715704578481290888822474.html2) Hard Unemployment Truths About ‘Soft’ Skills, WSJ
About what employers say is missing when they try to fill positions
3) On the Lesson Plan: Feelings: Soft Skills Business Courses Aim to Prepare Students for Management Roles
This one is about business schools, but may be interesting in that it focuses on the next level of soft skills: after you shake hands, interview, etc., then there is graciousness, etc..
Berkshire Works will hold a career fair on September 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you would like to attend, and would like to go over your resume or practice “mock” interview before the event, please stop in Student Development and make an appointment to see the career counselor. Or call 236-1605 to make that appointment.
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This (Excel) worksheet will help you organize your job search. We developed it for the internship search, but the same principles apply to looking for a job. Collecting information; keeping track of people and conversations that you have had, formal and informal; and following up on all interactions related to your search: these are keys to a successful job/internship search. Use this spreadsheet or another method, and any organizational tools that you like to use.
RESUMES FOR YOUR WORK STUDY APPLICATION (AND OTHER JOB SEARCHES)
Cover Letter Checklist
__Include your contact information (phone and professional e-mail address)
__Include the company’s name and address.
__Include the date.
__Use an appropriate greeting (Dear Ms. Smith:).
__If possible, address your cover letter to a named individual.
__Mention the position name/title, and where you saw the job posting.
__Mention your skills that correspond with those on the job posting.
__Highlight your strongest qualifications.
__Use examples to illustrate your points.
__Demonstrate that you have researched the company.
__Encourage the reader to contact you for an interview.
__Format your cover letter as a standard business letter.
Adapted from Career Cruising, www.careercruising.com
BCC’s Career Services blog: http://blogs.berkshirecc.edu/careers/
Also here is a sample of a resume. It will give you a good sense of what a resume looks like, and the language used in writing one. There are many ways to write a resume, and this one gives a basic format that can be adjusted to suit your situation.
1120 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
College student seeks a position that will utilize interpersonal and computer skills.
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
Associate of Science (Arts) Degree, expected May, 2014
Coursework includes: Microsoft Systems, C+++, English, Psychology
(If you have any student activities or awards or anything extracurricular that you have done at BCC, you may want to include it here, or below, in Other Skills and Experience.)
(You may include high school here, below college, if you wish.)
Price Chopper, Pittsfield, MA (June 2011- Present)
Cashier: Handle payments from customers; use scanners and cash registers.
Assist with item returns and answer customer questions.
Assure quality customer service.
Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, MA (Fall, 2008)
Volunteer: Worked to organize donations of books for the annual book sale that benefits the library’s programs.
Child Care, Pittsfield, MA (2005-2011)
Babysitter: Worked with two families, caring for young children in their homes. Assured a safe environment and provided fun and engaging activities for the children.
Other Skills and Experience
Examples might include:
*Student Government, Berkshire Community College (dates)
*Submissions to BCC literary magazine, Zine (dates)
*Scholarships, names of and dates
*Hobbies, such as kayaking, bicycling, photography, crossword puzzles, playing guitar,
*Special skills not mentioned above: computer, interacting with children, strong communications skills, etc.
A few tips: Try to keep your resume to one page; If using your own format, you may wish to do more with formatting: bold, underline, etc.
Now that you have a sample to use, you may download this form below, and fill it in with your information. Or, you may use the resume format and write your own. If you would like to have assistance, please call 236-1605 to make an appointment with the career counselor. If you would like more freedom to make different categories, such as Special Skills, Interests, Extracurricular Activities, Community Activities; Volunteer Work, etc, you may want to write your own. In either case, feel free to ask for help.
Here is the RESUME FILL-IN FORM (IN MS WORD) **
Open it; save it; and fill it in. Save it again. Then you can print it and bring it to Financial Aid.
Good luck. Do not hesitate to ask for help: Lorel Maynard to set up an appointment with the career counselor. 236-1605.
Tanglewood Guide/Public: The Management Office is looking for outgoing, energetic individuals to create a staff of twelve. Guides/Public Representatives for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season at Tanglewood, located in the beautiful Berkshires, work as a public representative for the BSO, interacting with patrons over the phone and in person. Provide information and assistance to the Tanglewood Public and help to ensure a positive experience for them. You will meet and greet the public, help orient them to the grounds and offer guidance to all public activities at Tanglewood. You will also perform backstage security duties during concerts and rehearsals, interacting with patrons and monitoring access to restricted areas. Benefits include access to all BSO and student concerts, rehearsals and various special events, as well as an inside perspective of BSO administrative operations across all levels and departments. Work closely with, and in support of, BSO management staff, and occasionally assist Guest Artists. Spend your summer in a picturesque setting and a friendly but serious work environment, surrounded by beautiful music.
Qualifications: Some knowledge of music or the music business (need not be restricted to classical genre); specific interest in arts administration is desirable. Must have excellent interpersonal skills; must balance assertiveness with a friendly, patient demeanor, and easily juggle multiple responsibilities. We are looking for staff members who enjoy working with people and who fluently and naturally express enthusiasm for Tanglewood and all it has to offer. Must work well with others as part of a team. Limited housing available. Dates of Employment: Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, August 25, 2013 (possible additional employment until Sunday September 1, 2013).
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
To apply, please click on URL: https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=1136801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org