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Faculty Guide to Career Services

Our Mission

To educate and empower students and alumni to discover, develop, evaluate, and implement their unique professional goals as they prepare for careers in an evolving global workforce.

 

Capitalizing on Career Services in the Classroom

Major and Career Exploration

Students are encouraged to connect with us in their first year to discuss their career plans and aspirations.

Collaborative Opportunities:

  • Implement a writing assignment in which students identify and research career or major options.
  • Encourage use of FOCUS II (a career interest inventory) and have students reflect on results.
  • Invite us to deliver a short Career Services overview or full presentation to your class.

 Resumes and the Job Search

Resume formatting and the job search are industry-specific, and students should be familiar with the best ways to find employment in their particular field.

Collaborative Opportunities:

  • Assign students to write or update their resume and have it reviewed by a career counselor.
  • Encourage students to attend campus networking events and job fairs. If possible, incentivize attendance.

 Interview Preparation

Interviewing can be an intimidating process; however, we can help our students become more confident with the process and their answers to commonly asked questions.

Collaborative Opportunities:

  • Include a requirement for your students to complete a mock interview, which can be done in person or through Career Services’ Perfect Interview software on Z-Online.
  • Create a custom online mock interview for your subject area.

Professionalism

Developing the habits and behaviors of professionalism starts in the classroom. Students must be ready to embody their professional brand as they transition to their career.

  • Include a professionalism statement in syllabus that speaks to the importance of professional traits such as promptness, positive attitude, neat appearance, accountability, and being respectful of instructors and peers.
  • Capstone course project of creating portfolio or LinkedIn profile.

Fostering Employer Connections

Alumni and Employer Career Events

We collaborate with faculty to:

  • Coordinate career panels to explore options within programs.
  • Organize informational and networking events for students.
  • Engage employers in classroom presentations.

 Strengthening Employer Relations and Sharing Opportunities

Our office is a central location for employers to promote opportunities and connect with students.

  • Develop relationships with organizations of interest to students.
  • Meet with employers interested in recruiting at ZSC and discuss how to promote their organization and opportunities on-campus.

Career Information and Employment Trends

We can share data and resources for use when advising students. Our staff stays up to date with current information related to:

  • Skills employers seek from new hires, graduating students and interns.
  • Hiring trends, salary information, and more.

 

Encouraging Students to Utilize Career Services Resources

  • Schedule one-on-one 30 minutes appointments.
  • Drop-in hours are 2 – 4 p.m. every Wednesday. No appointment needed for 15-minute assistance.
  • Visit ZSC Career Services website on Z-Online for an array of useful information and resources.
  • Access jobs, internships, part-time, temporary and seasonal jobs, and career fairs via the Zane State CCN Jobnet.