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Preparing for Interviews

Mock Interviews for students and alumni/ae

If you have an interview scheduled, or you are vigorously applying for jobs and know that soon you may schedule one, please call us to make an appointment to talk about preparation.  We can have a simple conversation about interviews,  talk about dressing for the interview (and resources for clothing),  or do a mock interview.  Call 236-1605 (Lorel Maynard) to schedule your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Susan B. Anthony, Student Development, Career Cafe

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U.S. Dept of Labor video on professional attire/interview attire

http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20111206-wrp/20111206-wrp-10-professional-attire.htm

How to prepare for a career fair or open house

FOR STUDENTS:   HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB FAIR OR EMPLOYER OPEN HOUSE

Think of the job fair as a chance to have mini interviews.  In other words, be prepared to make your first impression, ask relevant questions, and talk about your interests and goals.

 

1)     Prepare.  If you know which employers or types of employers will be there, select a handful that you would like to target.  Read their websites and other online material.  Write down a question or two that you might like to ask the representative of each company/organization. You can visit other tables or booths as well, but go to the fair with intentions; it will help you to present in a professional manner.

2)  Bring a resume, several copies. Carry them in a sturdy folder or portfolio.

3)   Rehearse a couple of lines about yourself.   I am BCC Engineering student, and I would like to gain practical experience with a paid internship or summer job.  I have worked in retail and in restaurants, and now I hope to find a job closer to my career goals.  Read your resume before you go, and think about positive experiences in each job, class, or volunteer position. Then be ready to listen to questions, the other person’s answers, and to what he or she has to say about his or her field. Relax; be yourself; listen. Ask for a business card (or write down the names of people you met).  When you get home you can write follow-up letters.  (Career Services will help you with job search related correspondence.)

4)    Dress the part.  Dress as though you are going to an interview.  There are places to find low cost or no cost interview clothing.  Talk with the career counselor, in the Career Center, located in SBA, to learn about interview clothing.

REMEMBER:  Most people do not prepare adequately for career fairs.  We will help you to prepare so that you can make the best of a potentially great opportunity.  Call 236-1611 or 236-1605 to make an appointment.

Practice interviewing: Native English speakers and speakers of English as a second language

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.

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Career Fair Sept. 12, 2013, Pittsfield

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.

January Seminar for BCC students: Internships and Summer Jobs

 

Competitive Internships and Summer Jobs

A seminar to help students find them

Date:  January 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Learn about internship and summer job opportunities and their application requirements;

• Learn about the value of these opportunities in the context of your studies and your career;

• Map out your internship/summer job search strategy;

• Go over interview protocol, social media, and other tools for your job search;

• Practice interviewing with human resources professionals;

• Enjoy lunch together.

For whom:  Students who are interested in serious internship/summer job work experience.

 

Where: Berkshire Community College

For more information: Call Judith Monachina, 413-236-1611

Or e-mail:  jmonachina@berkshirecc.edu

Click Below for the

BCC Internship Worksheet

 

Your Internship Job Search

The organizations and websites below will give you a head start on your search:

 

Step One

Identify the type of work you want to do and begin to investigate websites and organizations. You may want to make an appointment with a career counselor (236-1611).

 

Step Two

Start doing some online research. Develop a schedule or spreadsheet, with application information required and deadlines.  

 

Step Three

Prepare a brief explanation of the type of work/job/internship you would like to find. 

 

Step Four

Develop the tools: resume, etc.

 

Step Five

Apply

 

Step Six

Follow up

 

Step Seven

Tell people you know that you are looking (using your brief explanation)

 

 

 

Useful links for your online research

 

 

Local, Berkshire Area Companies and Organizations, some with internship programs, others summer jobs

 

Mass MoCA, Jan. 18 deadline, North Adams, Arts, Education

http://www.massmoca.org/opportunities.php

 

Berkshire Theatre Group, Colonial Theater, BTF

http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/education/internships.html

 

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Jan 22 and Feb. 19 deadlines

http://www.jacobspillow.org/education/internships/internships/summer-intern-program.php

 

General Dynamics

http://www.gd-ais.com/Careers/Students

 

Internships.com with our zip code

http://www.internships.com/search/post/results?keywords=&location=pittsfield,%20MA&company=&listingType=1&radius=50#p/10

 

Crane & Company

2013 Internship Program to be announced this week. Students are advised to keep an eye on their site, but you might also meet with the career counselor to learn the contact person and how to investigate even before the posting is made public.

 

Interprint

http://www.interprint.com/en/jobs/next_generation_IP/internship.html

 

SABIC

https://sjobs.brassring.com/1033/ASP/TG/cim_jobdetail.asp?jobId=327752&PartnerId=25094&SiteId=5220&codes=INDEED

Look at their site too. See Career Counselor for contact information

 

Mass DOT Highway Division, Generally engineering oriented

https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/3111/index.do

 

Summer Horticulture

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge

http://naada.associationcareernetwork.com/JobSeeker/JobDetail.aspx?abbr=NAADA&jobid=181

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Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood

http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/contact-us/jobs.aspx

BSO at Tanglewood hires hundreds of students for the summer, some pre-professional. 

Talk with career counselor about contacts

 

Berkshire Health Systems

http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/

 

Mass Life Sciences Internship Challenge

http://www.masslifesciences.com/grants/challenge.html

 

Mass Aububon

http://www.massaudubon.org/Jobs/index.php?type=Internships

 

State Government

Governor’s Office Internship

http://www.mass.gov/governor/internship

 

See Berkshire Creative for jobs and internships (mostly jobs)

http://berkshirecreative.org/find-a-job-2/

 

National Internship Programs

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=9358

 

Student Conservation Association

http://www.thesca.org/

 

Federal internships, all fields

http://www.makingthedifference.org/federalinternships/co-ops.shtml

 

Science.gov internships

http://www.science.gov/internships/undergrad.html

 

Marine Careers

http://www.marinecareers.net/links_internships.php

 

Science News Writing Internship, Washington DC

http://www.aaas.org/careercenter/internships/science.shtml

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science, other, several, writing, IT, etc.

http://www.aaas.org/careercenter/internships/

 

Union of Concerned Scientists

http://www.ucsusa.org/about/internships.html

 

U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife (has Massachusetts jobs, many Mass sites, internship program currently being developed. Contact career counselor)

http://www.fws.gov/humancapital/HR/exc_svc_opp.html

 

Science Opportunties

http://www.hhmi.org/grants/search/scienceopp/index.php?view=s4squeryform

 

NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/education/forstudents.html

 

 

General Internship (or jobs and internships) Sites

 

https://jobs.hrd.state.ma.us/recruit/public/3111/index.do

 

www.internmatch.com

look here for resume templates too

 

www.indeed.com

 

Internships.com

Beware of some of these unpaid internships…make an appointment, 236-1611 to talk with a counselor

http://www.internships.com/search/post/results?keywords=&location=Pittsfield,%20MA&company=&listingType=1&radius=50#p/20

 

Hire Culture

https://www.hireculture.org

 

 

Networking

 

We will talk about this idea today.  You may want to make an appointment with the career counselor to develop your own strategy, including companies and organizations to approach, and how to approach them to learn of internships and jobs.  Many, if not most, jobs are found by talking to people.

 

 

Sports, all

http://www.workinsports.com/sports-jobs-2012.asp

 

 

 

 

Professional Associations and Job Sites

If your interest is not represented here, simply Google your career field and look for the appropriate site.

 

www.alliedhealthschools.com/healthcareers

www.healthcarejobs.org

www.apta.org   Physical therapy

www.amtamassage.org Massage therapy

www.naturalhealers.com

www.acefitness.org physical fitness trainer

www.therespiratorytherapist.com respiratory therapy

www.aarc.org

www.allnurses.com nursing

www.criminaljusticecareerguide.com criminal justice

www.earlychildhood.org early childhood education

www.nationalhumanservices.org Human services

 

http://www.nab.org/

   (National Association of Broadcast Journalists)

 

http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html

 (American Bar Association)

 

http://www.aafpe.org/AAFPE/American_Association_for_Paralegal_Education.asp

 

(American Association for Paralegal Education)

https://www.cia.gov/

   (Central Intelligence Agency)

 

http://www.afsa.org/

   (American Foreign Service Association)

 

http://www.arteducators.org/

  (American Association of Arts Educators)

 

http://www.ala.org/

  (American Library Association)