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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find some of the most frequently asked questions of our office. However, if you cannot find the answer to your particular question, please do not hesitate to contact us – we are here to help! Call (309) 298-1838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What is eRecruiting?
A: eRecruiting is a registration system that will allow individuals to go online and create a profile (degree, major/minor, career interests, identifying information, etc.), upload their own personal resume, search for jobs nationwide, schedule on-campus interviews, publish their resume into "resume books" and additional options.
Q: Do I need to come into the Career Development Center (CDC) to register?
A: No. All you need to do is visit the eRecruiting site to begin the process.
- strong>Q: By registering with eRecruiting, will employers be able to view my online documents?
A: Yes. Once your documents are published, employers nationwide are very familiar with the eRecruiting system and know how to navigate it to locate qualified job candidates.
Q: By registering with eRecruiting, will this guarantee any employment opportunities?
A: No. There are no guarantees of employment. However this system will enable candidates to have greater exposure to employers and greater access to employer information.
Q: Does the CDC "place" or "get" people jobs?
A: No. The office does not serve as an employment agency. The office helps individuals develop the "tools" (resumes, letters, job-searching, interviewing, etc) so that each person can go out and find suitable employment.
Q: What are some of the services provided by the CDC?
A: We assist individuals with writing resumes and application letters, job search techniques, mock-interviewing, 3 on-campus career fairs throughout the school year, on-campus interviews with employers, and additional career services/information.
Q: Do I have to register with the CDC to take advantage of the services?
A: No. Registering with the office is voluntary. You have access to all of the services provided by the office whether or not you are registered.
Q: I am nervous about going on a job interview, can the office help?
A: Yes. We can conduct a mock interview. We like the students to dress professionally, have a completed resume, and an idea of the type of job they are interested in interviewing for.
Q: Does the office have a "list" of employers that I contact?
A: No. However, we have links to jobs and internships that individuals can utilize in their job search.
Q: I'm not sure what I want to do when I graduate. Does the office provide any "tests" that might help me to decide?
A: No. The CDC does not provide any sort of standardized testing. However, the University Counseling Center does provide various tests.
Q: Is there a university course that covers career service issues and related topics?
A: Yes. The course is University 390 and is open to all juniors and seniors. The class is an 8 week course that is offered 6 times per semester.
Q: What is the "best" way to secure employment?
A: Utilize all of your resources. Register with eRecruiting in the CDC, sign-up for on-campus interviews, begin networking with professional people, go to campus career fairs, start using the Internet job resources, and initiate contact with employers that you wish to work for.
Q: When should I start looking for a job?
A: Probably the best time would be the semester before you graduate. However, if you are a mid-year (December) graduate you probably should start looking during the preceding summer and most definitely the moment you return to campus for your final (fall) term.
Q: Is it necessary to have an internship even though my major does not require one?
A: With a very competitive job market, more employers are "expecting" graduates to have some sort of experiential learning in their profession completed before a student graduates. So, while it is not necessary, internships can only increase your chances of securing a job.
Q: Can my organization schedule a workshop on the services that CDC provides?
A: Yes. A staff member can speak to organizations on all areas pertaining to career services.Please go to the "request a program" link on our home page. (a 10 day notice is required)
Career Development Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1838